Day At The Track

Sires Stakes racing at Cobram on Monday

07:17 AM 10 May 2010 NZST
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Greg Sugars pictured at the last ever
Greg Sugars pictured at the last ever - harness racing meeting at Moonee Valley.
Duane Ranger photo

Heats of the Vicbred Super Sires Series for Three Year Old Colts & Geldings over 2170 metres were held at Cobram on the Victorian/NSW border on Monday May 10, with two very impressive harness racing winners.

Visiting NSW participant Cuttheattitude trained at Menangle by Felicity Gallagher and driven by Greg Sugars, was outstanding in returning a brilliant track record 1-55.5 in the first heat.

Leading out from gate two, Cuttheattitude a gelded son of Modern Art and Discordia, ran his rivals ragged in winning by 8.2 metres over Matty Chrimes (one/one) and Two Eye See to chalk up his 13th victory in 23 outings.

Fellow New South Welshman Mach Wiper brought up two wins in the space of three days after taking the Wagga Wagga Derby the previous Saturday.

Trained and driven by Mal Diebert at Yanco in the Riverina District, the Mach Three/Mataranka Molly colt was restrained from outside the front row to settle at the tail of the field, with Geoff Martin's Bachelor Lombo setting a merry tempo at the head of affairs.

Giving chase three wide solo in the final circuit, Mach Wiper showed his qualities by joining the leaders on straightening and racing clear over the concluding stages to defeat a game Machieve which faced the breeze to give Mach Three the quinella, with Bachelor Lombo weakening for third in a 1-57.1 mile rate.

A highlight of the afternoon was the annual Pandora Showcase Jewellers Bracelet Pace for C1 class over 2170 metres restricted to female reinspersons, with the victor being 4-Y-0 E Dees Cam/Adio Annie gelding Pieces Of A Dream for Echuca part-owner/trainer Faye McEwan.

With Bendigo's Tanya Dyer winning the ballot for the drive, Pieces Of A Dream from gate four possied three back in the running line, but with plenty of moves racing for the bell, became badly shut in as the field headed down the back straight.

Extricated into the clear approaching the home turn, Pieces Of A Dream despite being right off the track on straightening, rattled home at a great rate to score from Raider Robin off a three wide trail on the back of the third placegetter Kiss And Fly in a rate of 2-00.7.

The heavily supported favourite Mickie James was most disappointing in finishing fifth after leading.

A long awaited pledge came into vogue, when 7-Y-0 Iraklis/Circle Of Friends mare Showboat Casey at start number 161, registered her first success in C0 class at a TAB fixture - taking out the Rotary Club Of Balwyn-Kew On Yarra Pace over 1670 metres (she had previously greeted the judge on two occasions in R0 (restricted) class.

Trained at Longlea (Bendigo) by Glenn Sharp and driven by Leigh Sutton, Showboat Casey raced in the open for the entire journey, before dashing away on straightening to score over Cloudy Beach from near last and House Of Khan off a three wide trail in a rate of 2-01.2.

Glenn's wife Christine had made a promise that if "Casey" ever broke her maiden C0 class, she would immediately give up smoking !!!!!!!!!!

Len BAKER

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