Four year old Sealed N Delivered/Jazzbo mare Riddle Me That has a habit of winning at big odds and did it again at the Shepparton harness racing fixture on Tuesday, when successful in the Saddleworld Pace for C0 class (mares) over 2190 metres, paying Supertab odds of $21.00.
Raced and trained by Mark Lee at Lemnos in the Goulburn Valley and driven by partner Stacey Towers, Riddle Me That from gate two was given the run of the race trailing the long odds-on favourite Scottish Glamour which sped across the face of the field to lead from gate four.
Easing to the outside on the home turn, Riddle Me That at start number seven finished too strong for Scottish Glamour which found nothing when required to score by a 6 metre margin in 2-00.8, with Whodareswins third after following the pair and using the sprint lane to finish third.
Maiden Gully (Bendigo) trainer/driver Paul Campbell snared the Schweppes Pace for C0 class over 2190 metres with improving/Beaudiene Ladylike 4-Y-0 gelding Beaudiene Betta in a rate of 2-00.1.
Enjoying a cosy trip from inside the second line on the back of the poleline pacemaker Final Flutter, Beaudiene Betta used the sprint lane to gain the day in advance of a death-seating Ima Ritzi Lombo and Island Rumba (five wide home turn) from last.
Speedy 7-Y-0/Lady Ville mare Davids Lady scored her first victory since June 2009, when greeting the judge in the Hicks Stables & Steel Constructions Pace for C1 class over 2190 metres in a rate of 2-00.8.
Trained at Girgarre (G-V) by Greg Lewis and driven by Bendigo based Leigh Sutton, Davids Lady from gate three led throughout in accounting for Algrancos Icon which trailed and Tassie Gangster off a three wide trail in the final circuit.
Merrigum trainer/driver Brett Bunfield scored a shock victory with 5-Y-0/Hurry Doon gelding Knapdale Guy ($43.40) in the Jarvis Delahay Contractors Pace for C1 class over 2190 metres.
Trapped wide from gate three with both Jacks Majority and the hot favourite But But But kicking up inside him running into the first turn, Knapdale Guy worked forward to be outside the leader But But But, before gaining cover when Heath Redwood sent the well tried Rollin Thunder forward from gate two on the second line to race in the open.
Easing wide on straightening, Knapdale Guy finished best to blowse a game Rollin Thunder in the shadows of the post which claimed the leader halfway up the running, with But But But weakening for third. The mile rate 2-03.3.
Shepparton owner/trainer John Hallam’s free legged 7-Y-0/Phichai mare Wyperfeld notched up her 5th victory in 66 outings, when successful in the Quest Shepparton Pace for C2 & C3 class over 2190 metres.
A winner of the Vicbred Super Series for four year old mares, Wyperfeld driven by Chris Alford occupied several positions in the race after being sent forward from mid-field to park in the open, before being shuffled back through the field as turns were taken to park outside the leader Our Calvados.
Ending up four back along the markers racing for the bell, Chris Alford extricated Wyperfeld away from the inside approaching the home turn, before switching down to the sprint lane on straightening.
Finishing full of running, Wyperfeld raced clear over the concluding stages to score from Kingussie (five wide from last on the home turn) and Hardware Hunter a stablemate of the winner (three back the markers) in a mile rate of 1-58.7.
On what was a great night for the Goulburn Valley, Marung trainer Linton Power’s ultra consistent 6-Y-0 Wagon Apollo/Shermara gelding Xanderxav brought up two wins in a row by taking the Lift ‘N’ Shift Trotters Handicap for T1 or better class over 2690 metres in a rate of 2-06.1.
With regular pilot Scott Dyer in the sulky, Xanderxav began brilliantly from the 20 metre mark to lead, with another of the 20 metre markers Victoria Trotters Oaks winner Oceania moving three wide to join him.
Kept honest throughout by Oceania which was a spent force on the home turn, Xanderxav kept giving in the run to the wire to record a game 1 metre victory over Umgawa (one/two) and Macuenroad (three wide at bell from last), recording his 5th victory in 42 outings.