Day At The Track

Son of Great Success could be a bit special

03:02 AM 15 Feb 2013 NZDT
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David and Lisa Miles
David and Lisa Miles
Photo by Gary Wild

Two harness racing meeting were held in Victoria on Thursday February 14 - Cranbourne racing in the afternoon and Bendigo at night.

Monegeetta co-trainers Lisa and David Miles produced what could be something special in Great Success/Our First Strike gelding Roy Hobbs to take out the Aldebaran Park 3-Y-0 Trotters Mobile over 2080 metres at Cranbourne.

Having his first outing since June last year, Roy Hobbs a half brother to the handy Dottie Hinson bred and raced by Lisa Miles in partnership with long time stable supporters Tony Eley, Terry Wait and international race caller David Raphael began safely from outside the front row to unsuccessfully tackle the hot favourite Bellmac Kody (gate two) for the front position.

Unable to cross, reinsman David Miles eased to be three back along the markers in the small five horse field which was only four as the third elect Sun Of Sonoke last season's Redwood winner galloped away wildly and was tailed off.

Moving away from the markers in the final circuit to join Bellmac Kody on the home turn, Roy Hobbs after a short tussle cruised away over the concluding stages to record an ultra impressive 7.1 metre victory over the leader in a record rate of 2-00.2, with Missgoodytwoshoes a further 60.8 metres away in third place.

Lightly raced, Roy Hobbs was making his 6th race appearance.

Six year old Scarfell Meadow/Jay Field Princess gelding Slancio did a big job to snare the Seelite Windows & Doors Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2575 metres at Cranbourne.

Trained in Gippsland by Chris Hunter and driven by son Glenn, Slancio was slow to begin from the 20 metre mark, settling at the tail of the field, with stablemate Dawn Tears at the head of affairs.

Commencing a forward move three wide mid-race, Slancio was accommodated by Shiraz Cabernet coming out ahead of him yo receive a three wide trail.

Unfortunately Shiraz Cabernet couldn't sustain the effort and dropped out in the final circuit taking Slancio back with him.

While all this was going on, Lance Justice sooled Sonofpaco forward to join the leader on the final bend and the pair kicked away, with Slancio giving chase out wide, but a long way from the front runners.

Continuing to make ground on straightening, Slancio ran home strongly to blouse Sonofpaco by a head on the wire, with Dawn Tears holding down third. The mile rate 2-06.4.

At Bendigo, astute Avenel trainer Wayne Potter was responsible for a stable double with a pair of very smart four year old geldings - Teo Enteo (Armbro Operative/The Milky Way) taking the Insolink Bendigo Conference Pace for C5 & C6 class over 2150 metres and Teniamo (Grinfromeartoear/Wineglass Bay) the GT Recovery & Reorganisation Pacers Handicp for C0 class over the same trip.

Teo Enteo taking a concession for the stable's Mark Pitt formerly from NSW, raced in the "sweet seat" one/one for most of the journey from gate three, with Wipem Dry (gate four) crossing to lead shortly after the start.

Becoming badly pocketed in the last lap as Road Ro Rock moved three wide around him, Teo Enteo looked in trouble approaching the home turn, before being extricated to make the final bend four wide and finish full of running to blouse Cut For An Ace (one/three - three wide trail last lap) which led on turning by 1.8 metres in a rate of 1-57.8. Road To Rock (second up since August) battled on strongly to finish a close up third.

Teniamo first up since December 2011 was Chris Alford's only drive for the night and he justified his short $1.50 quote by leading throughout from barrier six to score from Alissa Tiki (three back the markers) and Modernize which followed the winner in a mile rate of 2-03.3.

by Len BAKER

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