Day At The Track

The Empire Vicbred super series continues

02:49 PM 03 May 2012 NZST
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Further heats of the Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series catering for several categories continued during the week.

At Mildura on Wednesday, Heat Three for 3-Y-O Fillies was held, the victor being Modern Scooter, a daughter of Modern Art and Rappa Scooter, bred and raced by Barry and Yvonne Dunn who are no strangers to the Sires Stakes scene having been successful with Dee Dees Dream in the 2002 Two Year Old Colts & Geldings division.

Trained by Barry at McKenzies Creek (Horsham) and driven by son Aaron, Modern Scooter began swiftly from gate three to lead throughout in accounting for the South Australia duo of Woke Up Tired off a three wide trail last lap and Tuscan Sue which led up the three wide line in the final circuit. The mile rate 2-02.

At Cobram on Thursday, the 1st Heat for 3-Y-0 Colts & Geldings was held, with the “Green Team” of Jayne Davies and Noel Alexander saluting with Bettors Delight/Tyalla gelding Baccarat.

With regular reinsman Chris Alford in the sulky, Baccarat from gate two on the second line settled three back the markers, with the hot favourite Top Tamba taking the lead away from The Ole Buckeroo (gate six) shortly after the start after being crossed from the pole.

Saved for a late charge, Baccarat produced a whirlwind finish out wide to register a half neck victory in 1-58.8 over Gangster Boy (one/one last lap) before switching down to the sprint lane on turning, with Soho Silverstone third after following the well supported Teo Entao home from mid-field in the last lap.

Bendigo played host to the 5th & 6th Heats of the 4-Y-0 Entires & Geldings Series on Thursday which saw Suave Stuey Lombo successful in Heat five and Abettorpunt scoring in Heat six.

Suave Stuey Lombo (Bettors Delight/Magic Maddy Lombo) bred and raced by Mick Lombardo under the banner of Lombo Standardbreds Pty Ltd, was superb in his victory after being caught in the open from gate three, then being shuffled to be three back in the moving line, with the pole marker Farmersntradies leading.

Set alight racing for the bell, Suave Stuey Lombo trained by Jayne Davies parked outside Farmersntradies for the final circuit, outstaying the second elect to register a 4 metre victory in 1-58.5 (last half 57.5 – quarter 29.1) over Sword And Pistol which trailed the leader using the sprint lane on turning, with Farmersntradies a disappointing third.

Quality gelding Abettorpunt (Bettors Delight/Frosty Mattina) coming off a heat victory and final third in the recent Mildura Pacing Cup, was surprisingly crossed by the roughie Because I Can (gate six) as the start was effected, with reinsman Caleb Lewis immediately moving around him to take control.

Although being kept honest by a hard pulling Island Rhumba, Abettorpunt had nothing more than “a stroll in the park” before cruising to a 6.7 metre victory in 1-58.3 over Because I Can which ran the race of his life after moving to the outside on turning, with Pinevale Willpower using the sprint lane for third 2.7 metres away.

Reigning Inter Dominion Young Drivers Series winner Ellen Tormey has enjoyed a super week, chalking up a treble at Mildura (Beau Ciel, Blissful Babe and Hes Real) and a double at Cobram (Dinant & Village Patrol).

Chris Alford’s Thursday was most profitable as well, finishing the day with four winners – Koten Blossem Lombo & Baccarat at Cobram and Suave Stuey Lombo and Markleigh Euca at Bendigo.

Modern Scooter

Baccarat

Suave Stuey Lombo

Abettorpunt

by Len BAKER

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