Terang based reinsman Matt Craven and Great Western trainer Michelle Manning took the honours at the Terang trots meeting held on Wednesday September 4, with Craven piloting three winners and Manning preparing two, both driven by Matt Craven.
Manning’s first winner 5-Y-0 Elsu/Whatsonyamind gelding Pacquiao (gate three) led for the greater portion of the 1680 metre journey of the Stirlo’s Quality Meats Cobden Pace for C1 class, defeating Burston Holme which led out from the pole before taking a trail, with Absolootmagic (one/one) third. The mile rate 1-59.
Leg two came along when 6-Y-0 Elsu/Inverloch gelding G K Galleon snared the Dick & Anne Box Pace for C4 & C5 class over 1680 metres in 1-56.4.
Restrained from outside the front line to settle at the tail of the field, Craven had worked G K Galleon into the one/one approaching the final bend, before switching down to the sprint lane on turning.
Finishing with gusto, G K Galleon prevailed by a head over the hot favourite Western Rockstar (one/one – three wide last lap) and The Unionist which trailed the runner up throughout. Both the leader Aftermidnightsam and Cyrus which raced outside him weakened over the concluding stages.
Matt Craven’s other winner on the program was iron 4-Y-0 Union Guy/Hot Reaction gelding Boyz Torque in the Maddens Commercial Hotel Camperdown Pace for C0 class over 2180 metres.
Making his 50th appearance, Boyz Torque (gate five) trained by Peter Manning was surprisingly able to cross the highly fancied Jilliby Hanover drawn outside him shortly after the start and was never headed, scoring by 8.9 metres in advance of Extra (three back the markers) and Hillbilly Delight which raced in the open. The mile rate 2-00.1.
Terang “young gun” Jason Lee was victorious aboard Woorndoo trainer Bob Mahncke’s smart Lombo Pocket Watch/Arabella Lombo 4-Y-0 Lombo Krista Bella in the Terang Co-Op Pace for C0 class (mares) over 2180 metres.
Having little difficulty in leading from gate two, Lombo Krista Bella cruised around without any pressure being applied, before giving her rivals the slip to lead by a big margin at the straight entrance.
Sending out signs of distress shortly after, Lombo Krista Bella “tippy-toed” to the wire, scoring by a half neck only in 2-00.4 from Haryada Hanover from last, with Graceful Affair (one/one – three wide last lap) third.
by Len Baker