Day At The Track

Smoken Up - yet another victory - 65th win

05:09 AM 01 Dec 2012 NZDT
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Smoken Up
Smoken Up - the 2011 Victoria cup champion.

Champion 10-Y-0 Tinted Cloud/Carnlough Bay gelding Smoken Up who was recently named Victoria's "Horse Of The Year", toyed with his rivals in the $30,000 SEW-Eurodrive Popular Alm Free For All at Tabcorp Park Melton on Friday, chalking up his 65th victory from only 121 race appearances.

Trained and driven by Melton’s Lance Justice, Smoken Up although starting from gate three on the second line was soon travelling in his favourite role at the head of affairs.

With the result never in doubt, the $1.20 favourite coasted to the wire a metre clear of Heza Trick which trailed after taking the lead away from Mister Grizzly shortly after the start, with Decorated Jasper third after racing in the open. With quarters of 30.5. 29.9, 28.9 and 27.1, Smoken Up recorded a comfortable mile rate of 1-56.2.

** A huge two weeks of Victorian harness racing is ahead of us with the (Group 1) $100,000 Cranbourne Cup being held this Saturday December 8 and the Grand Circuit $400,000 Victoria Cup at Tabcorp Park Melton the following week.

All of the stars from home, interstate and New Zealand will be there to contest these two great feature races.

by Len BAKER

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