Day At The Track

Popular Cranbourne winners on Thursday

01:50 PM 15 Sep 2011 NZST
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Master horseman Chris Alford
Master horseman Chris Alford

Popular Cranbourne was the venue for Thursday harness racing with most winners coming from the other side of the Yarra Valley. Former South Australian Hombre Higgins which started his career in Victoria, was successful in the Schweppes Claiming Pace over 2080 metres.

Now under the care on Tony Llewellyn at Melton, Hombre Higgins (Armbro Operative/Vedette) driven by Damian Wilson from gate four on the second line bided his time four back in the moving line, before moving forward three wide to park outside the pacemaker Jackson Grant at the bell.

With the pair turning together, Hombre Higgins proved too strong over the concluding stages to score by 1.5 metres in 2-02.1, with Indi Gloves a further 8 metres away in third place.

It was Hombre Higgins’ 33rd victory in 167 outings.

Gippsland (Drouin) co-trainers Gary & Debbie Quinlan enjoyed a great night, providing a stable double with First Shilling taking the Hy Gain Feeds Pace for C0 class over 2080 metres and Sahara Miss the Cranbourne Trainers Bonanza for C4 & C5 class over 2080 metres after taking a mares concession.

Four year old Holmes Hanover/Have A Go Franco gelding First Shilling with Daryl Douglas in the sulky was given the run of the race from gate two trailing the heavily supported Ultimate Escape inside him which was first up since July last year, before using the sprint lane to gain the day by 3.7 metres in 2-03.3, with Darcy Tee (three wide last lap) third.

Much improved Sahara Miss, a 6-Y-0 daughter of Village Jasper and Macrandra driven by Chris Alford, was given every opportunity one/one from a solo second line draw.

Easing three wide running into the final bend to join the leader and favourite Meethenewboss on turning, Sahara Miss finished her race off well to score by a neck in 2-00.6. Mister Orion (one/two – three wide last lap) finished third after wanting to hang at various stages.

Strathfieldsaye (Bendigo) trainer Glenn Douglas caused a major upset by winning the Ultra Signs Pace for C0 class over 2080 metres with 4-Y-0 Falcon Seelster/Pam Bromac gelding Palazzo Bromac in a rate of 2-03.2.

Driven by brother Daryl, Palazzo Bromac was driven hard from gate three to hold out the almost unbackable favourite Because I Can ($1.20) outside him, but was unable to do so, ending up with the perfect trail.

Making full use of the sprint lane, Palazzo Bromac claimed the favourite in the shadows of the post to score by a half neck, with Grinaloud third after racing in the open from the bell.

Team Douglas made it a double, when Jet Laag/Computerize 4-Y-0 gelding Lights And Music produced a big performance to take the Decron Horse Care Pace for C2 & C3 class over 1609 metres.

Galloping away from gate two, Lights And Music was send forward once pacing to take the lead away from Power Of Babel at the bell and surprisingly kept going to score well from Travtiano along the sprint lane from three back the markers in a rate of 2-00.9, with Power Of Babel third.

Coimadia (Toolern Vale) trainer Adam Kelly combined to land the Middy’s Date & Electrical Pace for C1 class over 2080 metres with highly promising Safely Kept/Murray Flier gelding Tinkers Taxi and in doing so, chalked up his 4th victory in 7 outings, returning a mile rate of 2-02.5.

Restrained from outside the front row by Gavin Lang to settle at the rear, Tinkers Taxi once the pace slackened was sent forward to assume control at the bell and once there, the race became a procession with Tinkers Taxi scoring untouched from Gypsy Tingira along the sprint lane after trailing for the last lap. Star Cheval (one/one) finished 8 metres away in third place.

Four year old Bettors Delight/Giveitawhirlgirl mare Bettor Give It who has done the majority of her racing in Western Australia after starting off in Victoria, snared the second heat of the Middy’s Date & Electrical Pace for Melton co-trainers Maree & John Caldow.

Driven by John, Bettor Give It led throughout from gate four in defeating Goodsie (three back the markers) and Our Usain Bolt which raced wide for a great portion of the journey from outside the front row.

Shepparton ownerbreeder Leo Newbound’s 5-Y-0 Modern Art/Africorn mare Avid has certainly turned the corner in recent runs and registered her 3rd success in 31 outings when victorious in the Seelite Windows & Doors Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2575 metres.

Trained and driven by Toolern Vale’s John Justice, Avid from the 20 metre mark, led for the major portion of the journey in easily accounting for Sun Bird along the sprint lane from four back the markers and The Driller which trailed the winner after leading out from the pole. The mile rate 2-07.9.

Hombre Higgins

First Shilling

Sahara Miss

Palazzo Bromac

Lights And Music

Tinkers Taxi

Bettor Give It

Avid

Len BAKER

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