A neat and compact meeting was held at Tabcorp Park Melton on Friday September 27, featuring the $20,000 Claiming Masters Final and the $16,000 tab.com.au Pace for M2 to M4 class.
Smiles of joy turned to sadness following the victory of 6-Y-0 Aces N Sevens/Alesco gelding Cut For An Ace in the University Foods Claiming Masters Final over 2240 metres.
Trained at Bacchus Marsh by Alan Tubbs, Cut For An Ace driven by daughter Amy was sent forward from gate five to stroll past Thats Mister Ali inside him shortly after the start and proceeded to run his rivals ragged.
Kicking away on straightening, Cut For An Ace (claiming price $25,000) scored by an untouched 12.7 metres in a brilliant mile rate of 1-55.7 over Smudge Bromac from near last and Kotare Roland (one/one) which trailed the heavily supported favourite Catch Your Breath.
Cut For An Ace who in winning chalked up his 13th victory in 62 outings, was claimed in the race and will do his future racing in the care of Geoff Webster at Bannockburn in the Geelong area.
Hamilton part-owner/trainer David Lewis’ quality 6-Y-0 Bettors Delight/Frosty Mattina gelding resumed from a short break with a brilliant near last to first performance to take out the fast class event over 2240 metres.
Driven by Matt Craven, Abettorpunt starting from the extreme draw settled at the tail of the field, with the roughie Pinevale Willpower leading from gate four.
Although wide in the final circuit, Abettorpunt raced away on straightening to record a 7 metre victory in advance of Saint Flash and Victors Delight in a mile rate of 1-57.9.
It was Abettorpunt’s 19th victory in 45 outings.
Bolinda co-trainers Kari and Paul Males brought up another Melton victory with 9-Y-0 Sundon/Tender Annie gelding Tender Don, taking out the $16,000 Glenferrie Farm Trotters Mobile for TM1 to TM3 class over 2240 metres in a mile rate of 2-00.8..
Driven by Greg Sugars, Tender Don (gate five) had little difficulty in crossing Jingling Silver (gate two) shortly after the start, before coasting to the wire 10.4 metres in advance of a game Prettylilangeseyes (one/one – outside winner home turn) after galloping in the score up. Armed Guard finished third.
Avenel horseman David Aiken has been having a great run in recent weeks (especially around the provincials) and landed the Aldebaran Park Trotters Mobile for TMO class over 1720 metres at Melton with Kiwi bred mare Brylin Crescent in a slick rate of 1-59.5.
Driven by David, Brylin Crescent a 7-Y-0 daughter of Brylin Boy and Another Starlet led virtually throughout from gate two, easily accounting for Goldstar Invasion (one/one) which raced outside her for the last lap. Just Call Me Earl came from last to finish an eye catching third.
*** Next Friday’s Melton program will feature the $50,000 (Group 2) City Of Melton Plate for four and five year olds over 2240 metres and promises to be one of the highlights of the season.
By Len Baker