Another huge day of racing was held in Victoria on Wednesday August 6, with Shepparton in the Goulburn Valley hosting the day venue, while Ballarat raced at night.
Nagambie's Chris Lang again showed his prowess with the squaregaiters, when the former Kiwi gelding Westwood Castleton, unplaced in 14 outings in his homeland, blitzed a handy field in the Campbells Soups 3-Y-0 Trotters Mobile over 2170 metres at Shepparton when making his Australian debut.
Starting from gate four on the second row, Lang didn't waste any time, sending the son ofand Castletons Best forward to actually drop down and trail the running leader Paris Rose at the bell when Im Sonialeelee a stablemate of the winner couldn't keep up.
Chasing hard in the last lap, Westwood Castleton a heavily supported $1.50 favourite when taken wide on turning, ran home stylishly to register a 5 metre victory over Paris Rose in a 2-03.8 mile rate, with Is She Noble third.
Veteran Elmore horseman Neville Welsh was also a winner at the trotting gait, when the ultra consistent 4-Y-0 Wagon Apollo/Bethany Rose mare Enotheque greeted the judge in the Bowman Bureau Trotters Handicap for T2 or better class over 2710 metres.
Starting from a 20 metre equal backmark, Enotheque stepped very quickly avoiding several gallopers, to possie with the run of the race one/one on the back of the improving Pinevale Patricia which shadowed the pacemaker Apollo Flame.
Easing three wide on the final bend, Enotheque ran home strongly to score from a most unluckys Jewel inside her who was severely checked at the start, with Out All Night close up in third place after following the winner most of the way.
A winner of 7 with 16 placings from 48 race appearances, Enotheque returned a 2-05.5 mile rate.
One of the biggest winners during the afternoon was the former NSW 5-Y-0 Charged Energy in the Saddleworld Pace for C1 & C2 class mares over 1609 metres.
Trained and driven by relative newcomer Dwaine Rumble, Charged Energy settled well back in the moving line after starting from the inside of the second row, before commencing a forward move in the final circuit.
Despite being five wide on the home turn, Charged Energy put pay to her rivals in a couple of bounds halfway up the running to score a runaway victory in advance of Quick Flow and the all American bred leader Smyrna Duruisseau in a 1-58.8 rate.
A daughter of Bad Bert and Hion Energy, Charged Energy was a Newcastle winner in March and has shown improvement in every start since shifting south.
At Ballarat, the all conquering Emma Stewart stable from nearby Smythes Creek snared the TAB Daily Double, with Beris Holmes and Mickey Mac, both driven by Brian Gath.
Beris Holmes a 4-Y-0/Beris Vicki mare which has only been in the stable a short time, led for the majority of the 2200 metre Barfuturu Pace for C1 class after taking a mares concession and ran her rivals ragged in accounting for Peter Manning's Very Chic which parked outside her, with Mister Orion a gap away in third place after a cosy one/one trip.
The mile rate 2-01.
Mickey Mac a 5-Y-0/Abbie Matao gelding in his first season of racing, was trapped three wide out of gate three in the Lucy Kaval Pace for C3 & C4 class over 1710 metres, before settling outside the polemarker pacemaker Brunswick Bruiser.
Maintaining the pressure throughout, Mickey Mac drew clear on turning before stalling off all challengers to score in a 1-59.6 rate from Totally Oro and Genuine Star.
Handy 4-Y-0 Classic Adam/Kano Idol mare My Missindependent a former Breeders Crown winner, returned to the winners list when successful in the Bowman Bureau Trotters Handicap for T2 or better class over 2710 metres, much to the delight of owners Graeme and Marcus Rayner which race under the banner of Hopetoun Park Stud.
Trained by Jaime Madruga at Parwan and driven by Greg Sugars, Miss Missindependent coming from the 20 metre mark, was given a charmed passage one/one and after being eased three wide on the home turn, finished full of running to score from Wee Sun Lass and Lighting McQueen in a 2-08.9 rate.
Romsey's Geoff Dodd has enjoyed a great week and landed the Regent Cinemas 3-Y-0 Pace over 1710 metres with King Of Bling, a gelded son of speed machine Tip Top Prince and Golden Belle which returned a 1-58.3 mile rate.
With Craig Demmler in the sulky, King Of Bling speared out of gate five to lead and allowed to run, streeted his rivals in accounting for the Kiwi filly Blyton Bromac making her Australian debut, with Royal Jinx third after following the winner and trying hard to keep in touch.
Touted as something special when he first graced the tracks as a two year old, it was King Of Bling's 6th victory in 20 outings.
Bolinda trainer Kari Males was successful on the night with the/Adversity filly Tayarna Mia which broke her maiden status at start number ten in the Ballarat Associated Fibrous Plasters 3-Y-0 Pace over 1710 metres.
Bred and raced by a large group of stable supporters made up of media identity Rob Auber, Harness Racing Owners Association Secretary Fiona Rosewarne, Bill Caven, Ian Sievers, Tony Mase and Kari's husband Paul, Tayarna Mia with Australasia's leading reinsman Daryl Douglas in the sulky, led throughout from gate five in defeating Salohcin which trailed and a death seating Penny Bunger in 2-01.1.