Day At The Track

Record breaking victory at 'The Valley'

11:26 PM 28 Dec 2009 NZDT
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John Caldow
John Caldow
Courtesy Of Tony Logan

Melton harness racing co-trainers Maree and John Caldow were successful in taking out the Sticks Yarra Valley Pace for C4 & C5 class over 1650 metres at the picturesque Yarra Valley circuit on Monday December 28, with in-form 5-Y-0 Christian Cullen/Time To Tango gelding Clear The Floor.

Driven by John, Clear The Floor settled four back in the moving line from gate two on the second row, enjoying the swift tempo being set by the running leader Magne and the heavily supported Dark Duncan outside him.

Asked for an effort in the final circuit, Clear The Floor despite making the home turn very wide, rattled home at a great rate to blowse a game Dark Duncan in the shadows of the post, returning a track record mile rate of 1-55.2, with Ladyinlace coming from well back on straightening for third.

It was Clear The Floor's 11th victory in 48 outings.

Barnstorming finish

Hopetoun Park (Bacchus Marsh) trainer/driver Greg Sugars snared the De Bortoli Pace for C7 to C9 class over 2150 metres at Yarra Valley with ultra-consistent 5-Y-0 Panorama/Forest Glory gelding Johnorama, much to the delight of owner/breeders John and Nola Munnerley.

Buried three back along the markers from the pole, Johnorama's chances looked forelorn in the final circuit with nowhere to go, with the leader Bennucci bowling along at the head of affairs after being handed the front running shortly after the start by Get The Monet.

Kicking clear on turning, Benucci was tackled shortly after by Sarum Prince which had been three wide from the bell and the pair looked set to fight out the finish.

In a ding-dong duel all the way up the running with neither giving an inch, Johnorama after gaining a late split, sprouted wings to overhaul the pair and record a last stride victory by a head in 1-59.1, with the judge unable to separate Benucci and Sarum Prince for second in the most exciting finish of the afternoon.

Rough result

Former NSW resident Paul Davies, now domiciled in Victoria and a staff member of the all conquering Chris Lang stable at Nagambie, scored a shock victory in the Lilydale Instant Lawn Trotters Mobile for T0 & T1 class over 2150 metres at the Valley with Mundaka, a 5-Y-0 gelded son of Continentalman and Dream Of Glory.

Bred and raced by Margaret Davies a strong devotee of the squaregaiter, Mundaka which had never been placed in five previous outings, was first up since August and with Chris Lang holding the reins, settled four back in the moving line from gate three on the second line.

Eased wide racing for the bell, Mundaka was left three wide solo for the remainder of the journey covering plenty of extra ground, before rounding up his rivals to score at Supertab odds of $26.90 over the pacemaker Shania Court and Its Lightscameraction in a rate of 2-05.6.

Len BAKER

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