Day At The Track

Sires victory for O'Riley trained Hermoine

01:05 PM 19 Apr 2011 NZST
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Cranbourne Harness Racing Club

Ever reliable Grinfromeartoear/Desired mare Hermione was successful in the 3rd Heat of the rich Vicbred Super Sires Series for 4-Y-0 mares over 2080 metres at the Cranbourne harness racing meeting held on Tuesday April 19.

Trained at Bulla on the outskirts of Melbourne Airport by Kerry O’Riley, Hermione was driven a classic race by Daryl Douglas, leading out from gate two, before taking a trail on last season’s major player Miss Trickin Lombo which was set alight by Chris Alford from mid-field in the moving line hitting the back straight on the first occasion.

Enjoying the run of the race, Hermoine was eased to the outside on straightening, proving too strong over the concluding stages for Stylish Jasper along the sprint lane from three back the markers, with Miss Trickin Lombo a disappointing third.

A winner of 8 with 8 placings from 18 race appearances, Hermoine returned a mile rate of 2-00.1.

Gavin Lang produced the “drive of the night” to land the Cranbourne Trainers Bonanza Pace for C4 to C8 class over 2080 metres aboard the Emma Stewart (Ballarat) trained 5-Y-0 Pass The Mustard/Skip The Greek gelding Allwevneed in a rate of 1-57.9.

Better known as a front runner, Allwevneed on this occasion was restrained from gate six to possie five back in the moving line, before surging forward with a rush racing for the bell to lead for the final circuit.

Kicking clear on the final bend, Allwevneed coasted to the wire in advance of the roughie Tere T along the sprint lane from four back the markers, with the hot favourite Palais Du Louvre third after leading from the pole and surrendering the front running to the winner.

Portarlington mentor Gary Bailey’s 4-Y-0 Keystone Salute/Downsouth Soon gelding Trappers Puzzle was an impressive all the way victor of the Seelite Windows & Doors Trotters Handicap for T1 or better class over 2575 metres.

Driven by regular reinsman Rod Petroff, Trappers Puzzle was always travelling easily and safely defied all challengers in the run to the wire to score in a rate of 2-07 from Red Hot Special which followed him throughout, with Buntys Bass running home late from mid-field for third.

It was great to see Avenal trainer/driver Ian Montgomery back in the winners stall following the victory of Blissful Hall/Bawnclassie 4-Y-0 gelding Blissfuljack in the 5th Heat of the Eureka Series for C0 class over 2080 metres.

Starting from gate two on the second line, Monty wasted no time in sending Blissfuljack forward to park outside the front runner and second elect Heyles, dictating the terms to suit.

Leaving the leader in his wake approaching the home turn, Blissfuljack cleared away to win in a breeze over Jacknkya Jet (one/one) and Blue Star Village off a three wide trail in the last lap, returning a mile rate of 2-01.1.

Blissfuljack was the horse that Ian received multiple injuries from when he was involved in a horrific fall at Kilmore on February 17.

Romsey part-owner/trainer Geoff Dodd has 4-Y-0 Village Jasper/Salisbury Downs gelding Sarum Knight on top of his game at present, bringing up a hat-trick of wins by taking the Wise Choice Fine Foods Pace for C2 & C3 class over 1609 metres in a rate of 1-58.

With regular reinsman Nigel Milne in the bike, Sarum Knight from the pole was surprisingly crossed by Leopold Bloom next to him as the starter despatched the field, enjoying a cosy passage for the journey.

Using the sprint lane on turning, Sarum Knight finished best to defeat a game Final Request which faced the open from the bell, before leading into the straight, with Stickemup third after following the pair.

Kilmore’s Tony Peacock combined with former stable driver Damian Wilson (at the request of owner Len Parker) to capture the Laucke Mills Cool & Pace for C1 class over 2080 metres with bonny Live Or Die/Moody Moth filly Lively Moth.

Trapped wide from gate six, Lively Moth worked her way forward to cross the pacemaker Ayu Gypsy within a lap and once at the head of affairs, class prevailed with Lively Moth untroubled to score from Ayu Gypsy and Koowee Tooey (one/two) in a rate of 2-01.9.

Last season’s Redwood victor I See Icy Earl (Earl/Cinders) trained and driven by Gippslander Glenn Hunter, scored his first victory since that day, when successful in the Aldebaran Park 3-Y-0 Trotters Mobile over 2180 metres.

Given a lovely trip from gate three trailing the polemarker and favourite Just Call Me Earl, I See Icy Earl put the race beyond doubt in a couple of strides on straightening as he raced away along the sprint lane to gain the day in advance of an eye catching Lucky Twenty Three from last, with Just Call Me Earl a trifle disappointing in finishing third. The mile rate 2-03.7.

Len BAKER

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