Day At The Track

Stable double for Gary and Debbie Quinlan

05:29 PM 20 Feb 2013 NZDT
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Astute Gippsland (Drouin) harness racing co-trainers Gary & Debbie Quinlan enjoyed a great afternoon at their home track Cranbourne on Wednesday February 20, providing a stable double.

Beautifully bred Art Major/Top Tembo colt Countdown raced and bred by Anne & Bill Anderson's Lauriston Bloodstock Pty Ltd was victorious on debut in the Hygain Feeds 2-Y-0 Pace over 1609 metres.

Beaten for speed from the pole by My Mach Scooter (gate five), Countdown settled on his back, before assuming control when the leader galloped wildly running into the first turn.

Once at the head of affairs, reinsman Nathan Jack was allowed to dictate the terms to suit, before running out a comfortable 6.1 metre winner over Braeview Bomber (three back the markers - outside winner last lap) in a rate of 2-01.7, with Gonski (four back the markers) third. Both placegetters were also making their first appearance at the races.

Art Major/Makin Faces 5-Y-0 gelding Artique (Nathan Jack) brought up two wins in succession when victorious in the Tin Tin In America Pace for C0 class over 2080 metres.

Bred by the Anderson's, Artique now raced by several stable clients led throughout from the pole to score by 9.9 metres untouched in advance of Hereux Homme (three back the markers) and Viva Courage which raced in the open. The mile rate 2-02.8.

Kyneton trainer Joe Attard's most reliable 6-Y-0 Extrovert/Kellybrooke gelding Imagunnadogood chalked up his 12th success (3 this season) by taking the Alabar Trotters Handicap for T1 or better class over 2575 metres in a rate of 2-09.4.

Taking a concession for Bolinda's Josh Duggan, Imagunnadogood began safely from the 30 metre mark, spending most of the race one/one trailing the favourite Slancio (20 metres) which raced outside the last start winner Cookeyslass from the pole.

Easing three wide on the final bend, Imagunnadogood gained the upper hand in the shadows of the post to score by a half neck over Slancio, with Im Demimondaine (three back the markers) third.

Monegeetta's Lisa and David Miles' Badlands Hanover/Sokysokylala gelding Sookin Up broke his maiden status at start number six when greeting the judge in the Farmhand 3-Y-0 Pace over 2080 metres.

Bred by Mary Helen Pearce at Pyramid Hill and raced by staunch stable client Terry Wait from Lancefield, Sookin Up led for the majority of the trip from gate four, accounting for Jazzy Malone (one/one - three wide home turn) and Local Vicka Lombo (one/two at bell) in a rate of 2-02.

Countdown

Artique

Imagunnadogood

Sookin Up

by Len BAKER

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