Melton horseman Don Smith the owner/breeder of former Victoria Cup winner Melpark Major, was victorious at the Bendigo harness racing meeting on Thursday October 7 with 5-Y-0 Wagon Apollo/Melpark Bonnie Dee mare Melpark Miccole in the Alderbaran Park Trotters Handicap for T1 or better class over 2150 metres.
Bred and raced by wife Bev, Melpark Miccole the result of a stallion tender bid was slowly away from the 20 metre mark after taking advantage of a mares concession, giving the leader Flambuant a huge start and appearing to have little chance of figuring in the finish of the short distance event.
When the 20 metre marker Snappy Pop assumed control mid-race, the speed increased with Melpark Miccole still back at the rear.
Taken wide running into the final bend, Melpark Miccole produced a blinding turn of speed out wide to register a last stride victory over Alba Rama from mid-field, with 30 metre backmarker Sun Samurai third.
Running her last half mile in 61.8 - quarter 31.5, Melpark Miccole returned a 2-05.7 mile rate in recording her 6th success in 23 outings.
Former jockey Phillip Dean and daughter April shared the spoils in theBack Straight Pace for C1 class over 1650 metres with 10-Y-0 /Valkenite mare Reigning Cavalier, paying Supertab odds of $40.70.
Leading out from gate two, April Dean elected to take a trail on a hard pulling Mighty Super Power racing for the bell, enjoying the run of the race for the final circuit.
Using the sprint lane, Reigning Cavalier trained at Bagshot in the Bendigo area, dashed clear in the shadows of the post to score by a head over the hot favourite No Cover Charge (one/one - three wide home turn) in a rate of 2-00.2, with Hallelujah third from mid-field.
Ex-New Zealander Nigel Milne listed as being based at Tooleen (Heathcote area), snared the Bertocchi Smallgoods Pacers Handicap for C0 class over 2150 metres with Road Machine/Ngaires Song 6-Y-0 gelding Matai Lad in a rate of 2-03.7.
Having his third start on Australian soil, Matai Lad driven once again by Jodi Quinlan, led throughout after stepping away fast from barrier five in accounting for Gorgeous And Divine (four back the markers - four wide home turn) which failed by a head only, with Perfect Lucas third after trailing the winner and using the sprint lane to no avail.
It was Matai Lad's first victory in 21 outings, mainly in the deep south.
Nanneella part-owner/trainer Col Godden's/Computerize gelding Lights And Music was most impressive in taking the Southern Cross Office Equipment 3-Y-0 Pace over 2150 metres.
Driven by Gavin Lang, Lights And Music from gate three on the second line possied four back in the moving line and after being eased three wide prior to the bell, went into a wild gallop dropping back to near last.
Trailing the hot favourite Suave Stuey Lombo home in the three wide line in the final circuit, Lights And Music finished all over the top of his rivals to defeat Suave Stuey Lombo which was quite disappointing after leading into the straight, withPrince third after trailing the leader Grinaloud. The mile rate 2-01.8.
The fast class event on the program - the Bendigo Bank Pacers Handicap for C5 or better class over 2150 metres saw victory go the way of 10-Y-0/Little Reign gelding Land Ruler who scored his first success since December 2007.
Part-owned and trained by Kyneton's Barry Turner, Land Ruler was given a cosy passage from gate six three back along the markers by Bendigo local Chris Svanosio, with the heavily supported favourite King High heading the field.
Still in a pocket approaching the home turn, Land Ruler gained a late split in the home running and motored to the wire to score running away in a rate of 2-01.5 over King High, with Turbo Tate third after trailing the winner.