Day At The Track

Punters hammered with longshots at Terang

01:46 PM 22 Sep 2011 NZST
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Terang in Victoria's South-East Western District was the venue for Thursday harness racing and most punters were given a hammering with couple of long priced winners saluting.

Hamilton’s Caleb Lewis had quaddie punters scratching their heads in disbelief after winning the first leg – the Reicha’s Store Terang Pace for C1 class over 1680 metres with Portland owned 5-Y-0 Bookmaker/Manwarra Backchat gelding Manwarra Logic at Supertab odds of $64.40.

Trained and driven by Caleb, Manwarra Logic from gate four on the second line commenced a forward move three wide from near last in the final circuit, being obliged by Girls Got Rhythm coming out ahead of him, giving him a nice trail into the race.

Despite being wide on the final bend, Manwarra Logic finished best to register his 4th victory in 31 outings, defeating Bentom Belle along the sprint lane to give Hamilton the quinella which paid $447.20, with the favourite Tagging third after leading. The mile rate 2-00.2.

Manwarra Logic was formerly trained by expectant mother Emily Wombwell in Portland.

Great Western part-owner/trainer Warren Bird can usually come up with a winner every now and then and snared the Emerson’s Printing & Publishing Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2180 metres with 6-Y-0 Malabar Maple/Chiolas Luck gelding Looks A Moral ($9.10).

Sent forward from the 20 metre mark by Chris Alford to park outside his stablemate Gingimrick which led off 10 metres, Looks A Moral outstayed his rivals to score from My Dads Poppy (three wide last lap) and Master Kiesey (three back the markers) in a rate of 2-07.4.

Kerryn Manning’s very smart Dream Away/Pamtastic 4-Y-0 gelding The Ragpickers Dream unbackable at $1.10 resumed with a brilliant all of the way victory in the Dick & Anne Box Pace for C0 class over 1680 metres in a rate of 1-57.

Showing blistering speed from outside the front row, The Ragpickers Dream led throughout to win in a breeze over Keeper Of The Fire which trailed, with Walbrooke third after following the pair.

Terang trainer Marg Lee continued her recent run of luck, when 7-Y-0 Pacific Fella/Jilliby Magic gelding Jilliby Cougar ($8.40) scored a good win in the Madden’s Commercial Hotel Camperdown Pace for C1 class over 2180 metres.

Driven by nephew Glen Craven, Jilliby Cougar from inside the second line possied three back along the markers, with Mica Pink heading the field after moving around the noted sit/sprinter Ruffiano shortly after the start.

Using the sprint lane, Jilliby Cougar sprouted wings on straightening to register a runaway victory in 1-59.9 from Ruffiano which also made use of the sprint lane, with Mica Pink weakening for third.

Dunnstown trainer/driver David Murphy had a night to remember, bowling punters for a six after scoring aboard two outsiders – One Fellas Fancy ($11.40) in the Willsher’s Showcase Jewellers Camperdown Pace for C1 class over 1680 metres and Mwerrangker ($26.80) in the Terang Ideal Dairy Pace for C0 class over 2180 metres, both mares.

One Fellas Fancy (Pacific Fella/Medarlione) from gate four was given the run of the race on the back of the pacemaker Buffalo Magic (gate two), before using the sprint lane to snare the major prize over Fiery Exit (five wide home turn) and Bohemian Lombo off a three wide trail last lap in a mile rate of 1-59.1, while Mwerrangker (Pass The Mustard/Manwarra Artemis) led throughout from gate two, just lasting over Runaway Shaka (one/one – three wide home turn) in a rate of 2-03.1, with the favourite Mighty El Lute (three back the markers) third.

Melton trainer Mick Hughes (part of the Lance Justice, Dianne Giles & Jason Hackett operation), landed the M.J. O’Keeffe Memorial Pace for C2 to C4 class over 2180 metres at Terang on Thursday with ever reliable 5-Y-0 Our Sir Vancelot/Mirra Mirra gelding I Look A Lot.

Driven by Jason Hackett, I Look A Lot ($8.30) began very fast from gate five to lead, before handing over to the favourite Lucksonmyside which drew outside him to receive the run of the race.

Easing away from the markers on the home turn to challenge, I Look A Lot proved too strong for the favourite to score by 3.7 metres in a rate of 1-59.3, with the well supported Transformation third off a three wide trail in the last lap.

Manwarra Logic

Looks A Moral

The Ragpickers Dream

Jilliby Cougar

One Fellas Fancy

Mwerrangker

I Look A Lot

Len BAKER

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