Day At The Track

Restrepo brilliant in Victorian Championship

07:20 AM 21 Jan 2013 NZDT
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The main street of Boort
The main street of Boort

Outstanding 4yo Art Major/Shes Innocent entire Restrepo was suberb in taking the $30,000 Warehouse Sales Central Victorian Pacing Championship Grand Final over 2100 metres for C2 or better class hosted by the Boort Harness Racing Club at Charlton on Sunday (January 20).

Coming from a 20 metre backmark on a track advantageous to those at the front end of the field, Restrepo driven by Gavin Lang spent the majority of the race at the tail of the capacity field, with Daylight Dan (Chris Alford) running along at the head of affairs after a brilliant beginning from outside the front line.

Commencing a forward move racing for the bell, Restrepo when given full rein in the back straight effortlessly moved to be in sight of Daylight Dan approaching the home turn, joining him on turning before bounding clear in the straight to score virtually untouched by 3.2 metres in a mile rate of 1-56.9 over a game Whata Avenue which ran the race of her life after facing the open for the entire journey, then switching down to the sprint lane to gain second place, with Daylight Dan weakening in the straight to finish a meritorious third 4.1 metres away.

Trained at Smythes Creek (Ballarat) by the combination of Emma Stewart and Clayton Tonkin, Restrepo was timed privately to run his last mile in 1-53.2, half 55 seconds and quarter 28.4.

TENDAHO NAILS TROTTING CHAMPIONSHIP

The Geoff Webster stable is on a high at present, with improving 4-Y-0 Tennotrump/Glory Lass gelding Tendaho tasting glory by snaring the $30,000 Warehouse Sales Trotting Grand Final for T0 or better class over 2570 metres.

Driven by Geoff, Tendaho at start number 30 stepped cleanly to settle three back along the markers, with the roughie Wildenstein (barrier two) heading off the favourite Kyvalley Rap from the pole as the tapes released.

Chris Lang was to move Kyvalley Rap around Wildenstein to assume control entering the front straight on the first occasion, with Webster easing Tendaho into the open after travelling a circuit.

Travelling nicely throughout, Tendaho showed great staying ability to move on terms with Kyvally Rap on the final bend, before gaining the upper hand over the concluding stages to score by a half neck on the wire in a rate of 2-04.7, with Kyvalley Rap going down fighting.

Eurasian Kosmos was the unlucky runner of the race, coming from a mile back in the field after being held up for a clear passage in the last lap, before rushing home late to finish third 1.5 metres away.

by Len BAKER

Restrepo winning the Central Victorian Pacing Championship:

Tendaho winning the Central Victorian Trotting Championship:

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