Day At The Track

Reinsman Daryl Douglas returns on a winner

12:52 PM 12 Mar 2013 NZDT
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Daryl Douglas
Daryl Douglas

Champion harness racing reinsman Daryl Douglas sidelined since an horrific fall at Ballarat on the 26th of December last year, returned to the sulky at Cranbourne on Tuesday March 12 with a winner, steering the Gary Quinlan (Drouin) trained Art Major/Magic Music 4-Y-0 gelding Scruffy Major to victory in the 3rd Heat of the Eastern Challenge for C3 & C4 class over 2080 metres.

Snookered three back along the markers after starting from inside the second line, with the well supported Regal Knight leading from gate two being trailed by Future Operator, Scruffy Major's hopes looked forlorn approaching the final bend as La Machane joined the front runners three wide to momentarily take a slender lead.

Extricated into the clear on straightening, Scruffy Major unleashed a brilliant burst of speed to race away in the shadows of the post to score by 1.2 metres in a rate of 1-57.5 (last quarter 28) over Regal Knight which came again in the straight, with La Machane 1.6 metres away in third place.

South Australian Derby winner Flying Flutter resumed from a short break with an impressive victory in the 4th Heat of the Eastern Challenge.

First up since January 26 when third to NSW Derby winner Lennytheshark at Tabcorp Park Melton in a heat of the Victoria Derby, Flying Flutter had little difficulty in leading from gate two even though he was taking on the more seasoned C3 & C4 class horses when assessed as a C0 class performer.

Always in control, Flying Flutter coasted to the wire 4 metres in advance of Manningham Park (one/one) and Revivalist which trailed the winner, with last week's Kilmore winner Dodge The Bullet close up in fourth place after racing in the open.

Trained by Geoff Webster at Bannockburn and driven by Greg Sugars, Flying Flutter returned a mile rate of 1-58.5.

Rockbank part-owner/trainer Charlie Micallef put an end to plenty of quaddie takers after 9-Y-0 Million To One/Honeysuckle Lombo gelding On The Leash ($39.20) greeted the judge in the 3rd leg - the Cranbourne Trainers Bonanza for C1 class over 2080 metres.

Taking a concession for Richard Caruana, On The Leash from the pole led his rivals a merry dance and they were unable to make any impression in the run home, defeating Mediation (one/two) and the heavily backed Captain Scott from last in a mile rate of 1-58.8.

It was On The Leash's first success since July 2011 when a winner at Geelong.

Parwan trainer/driver Jodi Quinlan's smart Mach Three/Paige Nicol Q filly Getya Wings Out also resumed on the night, taking out the Trios Sports Club 3-Y-0 Pace over 2080 metres when having her first outing since August last year.

Starting from gate three Getya Wings Out spent the first lap one/one, before being shuffled back a spot when the heavily supported Lotsa Life trailing her, made a sharp dash at the bell to join the pacemaker Betttor Charm.

Easing three wide approaching the home turn, Getya Wings Out finished stylishly on straightening to score from Snow Cone along the sprint lane after following the leader which finished third. The mile rate 1-58.8.

Former New Zealander Hugh a 4-Y-0 gelded son of Mach Three and Penthouse, broke his Australian maiden status when successful in the Comfort Inn Mahogany Park Pace for C0 class over 1609 metres.

Trained at Daylesford by Mick Barby and driven by Rod Petroff, Hugh led throughout from the pole, accounting for another ex-Kiwi V C Devil which raced outside him by a neck in 1-59, with Lineofcredit (one/one) third.

Scruffy Major

Flying Flutter

On The Leash

Getya Wings Out


by Len BAKER

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