Always a popular venue for punters, Geelong Harness Racing Club held a neat compact meeting on Wednesday at Beckley Park which attracted some handy horses and competitive racing. Ararat trainer Terry Young was successful with 4-Y-0 Panorama/Strapper gelding Strapperama in the Win A Bike Tonight Trotters Mobile for T2 to T4 class over 2100 metres.
Bred by Terry Cahill and raced by him with other family members, Strapperama driven by very much in-form Greg Sugars, possied three back in the moving line from gate two enjoying a cosy passage.
Eased four wide on the home turn after several of his rivals had made forward moves, Strapperama finished strongly to score from Trappers Puzzle (three wide home turn) and Dottie Hinson from last in a rate of 2-03.6.
Dundonnell (Western District) part-owner/trainer David Sweatman has 6-Y-0/Gabby Wealth mare Wealth airborne at present, chalking up her 6th success in 20 outings this season by taking the Barwon Heads Pace for C2 & C3 class over 1609 metres.
Driven by regular reinsman Michael Bellman,Wealth settled four back in the moving line from the extreme draw, moving three wide in the last lap to trail I Look A Lot ahead of her.
Although very wide on the final bend,Wealth finished full of running to gain the day in advance of Knight Crusader (one/one) and I Look A Lot in a brisk 1-58.9.
Armstrong’s Brooke Hansen combined with youthful concessional reinsman Leroy O’Brien to capture the Vinmar Homes Pacers Handicap for C1 or better class over 2100 metres at Geelong with Kiwi bred/The Swift Current 4-Y-0 gelding Swift Caesar.
Scrambling from the pole as the tapes released, Swift Caesar hit his straps quickly to retain the front running and despite several challengers throughout the race, refused to give in over the concluding stages to score narrowly but well from Girls Got Rhythm (one/three – three wide last lap) and a death-seating Ayu Gypsy in a rate of 2-03.
Melton trainer Doug Adams combined with Parwan’s Craig Demmler to land the Well Done Cadel 3-Y-0 Pace over 2100 metres with Dawn Ofa New Day/Raging Eagle gelding One Dog One Bone.
Raced by son Charlie, One Dog One Bone was given a lovely trip trailing the pacemaker Penny Union (gate two) after starting from gate two on the second line.
Although appearing to be under extreme pressure approaching the home turn, One Dog One Bone when taken away from the inside on straightening, rallied strongly to gain the day in a rate of 2-01.3 over Narra Rardo (three back the markers – three wide home straight), with Penny Union getting very tired over the concluding stages to hold down third.
Hopetoun Park trainer/driver Kylie Sugars has 4-Y-0/Weowna Sheila gelding Rodger Vance going extremely well at present much to the delight of the Brook family who race him and snared The Bellarine Pace for C0 class over 2100 metres in a mile rate of 2-01.5.
Leading out from gate three, Rodger Vance was rated to perfection at the head of affairs in accounting for Seattle Grace which trailed making no impression in the run home, with Denver View third after following the pair.
Lance Justice’s very smart Kiwi bred 4-Y-0/Kurahaupo Flyer gelding The Smiler was a tough victor of the SEW-Eurodrive Pace for C4 & C5 class over 2100 metres.
Never better than three wide for the entire journey after starting from gate four on the second line, The Smiler had the audacity to surge clear in the run to the home turn, before defying all challengers to score from Scanlon (three back the markers – three wide home turn) and D B Dazzler (one/four – four wide home turn) in a rate of 1-59.2.