Day At The Track

She's gutsy and she's got high speed

11:11 PM 27 Mar 2010 NZDT
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Gary Hall jnr & connections
Gary Hall jnr & connections - Of Country Change

Country Change, unsuccessful at her first 11 starts, continued her rapid rise and notched her ninth harness racing win from her past 14 starts when she revealed tremendous fighting qualities to beat Mickie Dilinger and Our Slick Whitby in the Tooheys Extra Dry Pace over 1730m at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

A 4/1 chance, Country Change raced three wide for the first lap before Gary Hall jun. moved her outside the pacemaker Live To Fly.

Finally, Country Change took a narrow lead 250m from home before she pulled away to win convincingly, rating 1.56.8.

Mickie Dilinger did well to sustain a solid three-wide burst from seventh at the bell to be second, ahead of Our Slick Whitby, who trailed the pacemaker. Elysees Crest, the 5/2 favourite, raced one-out and one-back and then one-out and two-back, before battling on into fourth place.

Country Change, a four-year-old mare by Village Jasper, is owned by 19-year-old Hayley Moore (daughter of Northam trainer Jesse Moore) and prominent breeder Robert Watson. She has had tractability problems for much of her career, but these are being cured by Northam trainer Glenn Elliott.

"It was nice for her to put it all together tonight," Hall said. "Once we got to the breeze and had a little bit of a breather, it was the key to the race. She was travelling great up the straight. She's gutsy and she's got high speed."

Ken CASELLAS

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