Day At The Track

Son of Modern Art cuts out track record

07:13 AM 10 May 2010 NZST
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Cobram Harness Racing Club

Cuttheattitude missed last year's Vicbred Super Series, but today (Monday May 10) announced himself a major player in this year's harness racing series with a breathtaking heat win at Cobram.

The Felicity Gallagher-trained son of Modern Art not only made light work of fellow highly-rated New South Wales gelding Two Eye See,he readjusted the 2170-metre mobile track record in the process.

Last year's Australian Pacing Gold two-year-old champion's1:55.5 mile rate win lopped a hefty 1.7 seconds off Ideal Facility's old mark, which had stood since March 2, 2003.

A scorching 27.8-second third quarter was the catalyst for the sizzling time, but he broke 30 seconds for the three other quarters to secure an 8.2-metre win over Matty Chrimes.

Two Eye See ($1.90 fav), who faced the breeze outside Cuttheattitude but was left flat-footed when the $2.70 chance sprinted at the 600m, was more than 11m back in third spot.

Mach Wiper also bettered Ideal Facility's old record on his way to victory in today's other heat.

The Mal Diebert-trained colt, sent out the $2.70 favourite on the strength of his Riverina Derby win at Wagga two nights earlier, overpowered his rivals in a 28.3sec final quarter for a 1:57.1 win over Machieve and Bachelor Lombo.

Today's winners progress to the $20,000 Vicbred semi finals, which will be run at Melton's Tabcorp Park on Friday night, May 28. The $100,000 Group 1 final is at the same track seven days later.

Today's heats kicked off a big week of Vicbred action that will see at least one event from that series run each day.

Tomorrow night at Nyah, Nevele R Stud Victoria Oaks finalist Revivalist should have little trouble returning to the winner's list in a $10,000 heat for the three-year-old fillies.

Western Australian star David Hercules headlines two more heats for the three-year-old boys at Yarra Valley on Wednesday, while more three-year-old fillies will be in action at Geelong on Thursday.

The action hits a peak at Tabcorp Park on Friday night with the $50,000 Group 1 final for the four-year-old trotters and semis for the four-year-old boys before another heat for the three-year-old fillies at Cranbourne on Saturday night.

Brad BISHOP

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