Day At The Track

Old timer wins at Bendigo harness meeting

03:54 PM 01 Nov 2012 NZDT
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Nathan Jack
Nathan Jack
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Yea part-owner and harness racing trainer John Quinlan deserves a pat on the back after producing injury plagued 11-Y-0 Catch A Flight/Tartan Lady gelding My Flying Scot to land the Modern Art @ Empire Stallions Vicbred Pace for C1 class over 1690 metres at Shepparton on Thursday.

Driven by Nathan Jack, My Flying Scot led throughout from the pole in defeating My Mate Les (three back the markers) and Zamaye (one/three) in a rate of 1-59.7.

It was My Flying Scot’s first victory since December 2009 and sixth overall.

Avenel trainer/driver Ian Montgomery has 4-Y-0 Modern Art/Tululah Bankhouse gelding Tululahs Boy racing in great heart at present, notching up his 6th victory (3 this season) when successful in the Four Starzzz Shark @ Empire Stallions Pace for C2 & C3 class over 2190 metres.

Starting from gate two on the second line, Tululahs Boy possied three back in the moving line momentarily, before setting off three wide to park ourside the pacemaker Confider which had crossed Two Pot Screamer shortly after the start.

Despite doing it tough throughout, Tululahs Boy strode to the front on the final bend, holding a margin to the wire to record a half neck victory over Ashira Bromac (one/four – three wide last lap) and Hezfullarunning (one/one at bell) in a rate of 2-01.2.

David Aiken may have something special in Yankee Boy/Vics Lady filly Vics Cheval who brought up two wins in a row by taking the Dawn Ofa New Day @ Empire Stallions 3-Y-0 Trotters Handicap over 2190 metres.

Bred by Clive Palmer’s Cold Mountain Stud, Vics Cheval raced by Aiken coming from the 10 metre mark trotted safely throughout, settling four back along the markers before moving to park outside the leader Lime And Lemonade at the bell.

Striding clear on the home turn, Vics Cheval scored untouched by 6.6 metres from the leader in a rate of 2-07.1, with Twiggy Argyle (three back the markers) third.

The hot favourite Sun Of Sonoko galloped away from the 10 metre mark and again in the last lap when stalking the winner, putting himself out of business. Junortoun trainer Roma Pocock on behalf of the H.R.I.T.C. Board Of Management, snared the Blissful Hall @ Empire Stallions Pace for C1 class over 2190 metres at Shepparton with consistent Kiwi bred Life Sign/Vera’s Atom gelding Smokinoff.

Driven by in-form concessional reinsman Zac Phillips fresh from a double at Mildura the night before, Smokinoff was taken off the gate from barrier five, settling at the tail of the field.

Gaining a nice ride home three wide on the back of Cheryl West in the final circuit, Smokinoff although very wide on the home turn, motored home at 100 miles an hour to blouse a death-seating Loose Wire right on the wire in a finish which tricked many, with the hot favourite Did It Alone a disappointing third after leading. The mile rate 2-01.6.

It was Smokinoff’s first victory since May 2011 when successful at Winton.

Huntly trainer/driver Anthony Crossland’s Kiwi bred Tinted Cloud/Lombo Maid 6-Y-0 gelding Buriton Bailey was victorious in the David & Donna James Remember Kevin Daffy Pace for C4 & C5 class over 2190 metres.

With the speed ballistic in the early stages as the polemarker Goldenorro surprisingly wanted to hold the lead despite several challenges, Buriton Baily received a sweet passage mid-field, before easing three wide to follow Chess Timer ahead of him in the final circuit.

Dashing to the front on the final bend, Buriton Bailey held a margin to the wire in accounting for the favourite Five Oclock Affair which had every chance to run him down, with Sapphire Lil running on late out wide for third. The mile rate 1-59.5.

My Flying Scot

Tululahs Boy

Vics Cheval


Buriton Bailey

by Len BAKER

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