Nagambie's Chris Lang continues to dominate

06:33 AM 14 Feb 2011 NZDT
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Nagambie's Chris Lang continues to dominate the squaregaiting ranks throughout the state and added another harness racing victory to his tally when highly promising 5-Y-0 Sundon/Insulated gelding Aleppo Sunrise smashed former stablemate Skyvalley's track record at the Shepparton harness racing fixture held on Monday February 14.

Starting from an equal 50 metre backmark with Doctor Mickey the conquerer of Aleppo Sunrise when they last met on January 28, Aleppo Sunrise enjoyed a sweet trip three back in the moving lane, while Doctor Mickey was set alight early in the race to face the open outside the second elect Tsonga, a last start Echuca winner.

Easing three wide running into the final bend, Aleppo Sunrise finished all over the top of his rivals to record a 2.5 metre victory in a mile rate of 2-01.3, with Tsonga 5.6 metres back in third place.

Avenel trainer Greg Norman and reinsman Nathan Jack received some compensation for the defeat of Tsonga, when Modern Art/Satin Ridge gelding Did It Alone scored in the Hicks Stables & Steel Construction 3-Y-0 Pace over 2190 metres.

Beginning brilliantly from outside the front row, Did It Alone led throughout in accounting for Sin With A Grin along the sprint lane from three back the markers, with Taipei third after trailing the winner. The mile rate 2-01.2.

Clyde co-trainers Jayne Davies & Noel Alexander landed the Boyos Cafe Bar 3-Y-0 Trotters Mobile over 2190 metres with Life Sign/Frances Lombo gelding Sandakan Lombo in a rate of 2-04.8.

Driven by Chris Alford, Sandakan Lombo led throughout from gate four to easily fend off all challengers in defeating Living Bonus (three wide last lap) and Duchess Pat which trailed the winner, using the sprint lane to no avail.

Armbro Operative/Crystal Reign filly Little Red Cloud proved that last week’s Echuca victory at big odds was no fluke, by bringing up another win in the Saddleworld Shepparton 3-Y-0 Pace over 2190 metres.

Bred, raced and trained by Nathalia’s Noel Tindall, Little Red Cloud driven on this occasion by Craig Northcott spent most of the race closer to last than first, before making a forward move three wide solo in the last lap.

Sustraining a long run, Little Red Cloud again proved too strong for the odds-on favourite Lombo Littlecharma which had every chance in front, with Gotahavasheffield third after trailing the winner home from last. The mile rate 2-02.4.

Prolific winning John Street North/Luscious Lombo filly Madame Lily chalked up her 10th success in 29 outings when successful in the Neatline Homes Pace for C1 class over 1690 metres after taking a mares concession.

Settling just off the speed from gate two, Madame Lily trained and driven by Kilmore’s Robbie Walters moved to be outside the leader Its All Art approaching the home turn and class prevailed to score from Monteleone (first up since December 2008) and Its All Art in a rate of 1-58.5.

Bold front runner The Artison resumed with a victory in the Schweppes Pace for C2 & C3 class over 2190 metres.

With Charlton concessional reinswoman Ellen Tormey in the sulky, The Artison a 5-Y-0 Kiwi bred gelded son of Artiscape and Donna’s Gold having his first outing since November, led throughout from gate two in accounting for the roughie Boston Legal (one/two) and Fellafrom Locksley (three wide uncovered last lap from last) in a rate of 2-00.6.

Yanco trainer David Eurell loves travelling from the Riverina District of N-S-W to Victoria and usually returns home with the cash and that’s what occurred at Shepparton when 6-Y-0 Armbro Operative/Madison Clare gelding Kyema Khan greeted the judge in the Quest Shepparton Pace for C4 to C6 class over 2190 metres.

Having his first outing since December when second at TP Menangle, Kyema Khan with regular Victorian reinsman Brian Gath in the sulky possied four back in the moving line from gate four on the second row, with the heavily supported favourite Moon Spirit (gate four) unable to head off Cool And Casual (gate two) after a serious attempt as the starter released the field.

Moving forward three wide solo in the last lap, Kyema Khan was accommodated by Moon Spirit coming out ahead of him, with Wipem Dry which had vacated the one/one to face the breeze getting the better of the leader on the home turn.

Asked for a supreme effort on straightening, Kyema Khan finished full of running to score in advance of We Dare To Dream and Wipem Dry in a rate of 1-58.8.

Len BAKER

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