Day At The Track

The Lombo's highlight Shepparton meeting

12:34 PM 10 Jan 2012 NZDT
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Greg Sugars in the spotlight
Greg Sugars in the spotlight

Heats of The Lombo, a classic Two Year old harness racing event for Colts, Geldings and Fillies were held at Shepparton in Victoria's lush Goulburn Valley on Tuesday January 10, which attracted keen racing throughout the evening.

The first heat for the Colts & Geldings over 1690 metres went to the Steven Duffy (Orrvale) trained and Greg Sugars driven Mcardle/Nuclearaccelerator colt Almost El Eagle.

Angling to the back of the leader Illawong Spitfire inside him just after the start from gate four, Sugars was quick to move away from the markers to gain a sweet one/one trip on the back of Modern Miyagi when Chris Alford aboard the NSW gelding Iron Ore Lombo (gate seven) pressed forward to lead.

Easing three wide on the final bend, Almost El Eagle raced away on turning to score by 10.3 metres in advance of Iron Ore Lombo and Illawong Spitfire in a rate of 2-02.

Heat two saw victory go the way of Sparken Up, a Four Starzz Shark/Sparkles A Plenty colt trained and driven by Axedale’s Mick Carbone.

Leading from the pole, Sparken Up was given an easy time with the favourite Jimbaran outside him applying no pressure.

With the two favourites drawing away to fight out the finish on straightening, Sparken Up prevailed by 2.1 metres in 2-05.7, with Benoah using the sprint lane from three back in the moving line for third.

The first of the fillies heats was taken out by Magic Moment Lombo, a daughter of Lombo Pocket Watch and Lady Julie Lombo on debut, trained and driven by local Stephen (Boyo) Boyington.

Crossing the polemarker Run Ruby Run shortly after the start from gate two, Magic Moment Lombo led virtually throughout, toying with her rivals in a most impressive performance to score by 8.2 metres from the last start Kilmore winner Moata which raced outside her, with Dallas Argyle another first starter third after a one/one trip. The mile rate 2-00.8.

Heat two went to Hollys Miss Molly, an experienced daughter of Jet Laag and Lombo Luvbird trained and driven by Kilmore’s Robbie Walters.

Making her fourth appearance at the races, Hollys Miss Molly raced in the open from gate six outside the polemarker Bella Enobrac for most of the trip, before drawing clear on straightening to gain the day by 3.8 metres in 2-03.2 over Sabiha Courage (one/one) and Nightwatch Lady one/two.

The third heat for fillies went to first starter Cullen Time for Echuca/Moama trainer Shane Gilligan with Chris Alford in the sulky.

Despite racing in the open from gate five, Cullen Time (Christian Cullen/Western Dream) just lasted by a half head from the hot favourite More Than Alright which gave away a massive start after galloping in the score up, with Morcheeba Bromac (one/one – three wide home turn) third. The mile rate 2-01.8.

The $25,000 Finals will be held at Shepparton on Gold Cup night – January 21.

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Veteran Bridgewater trainer Eric Rothacker who won the 1956 Sydney Inter Dominion with Gentleman John, snared the Shepparton Yearling Sale 22nd January Trotters Mobile for T1 & T2 class over 2190 metres with 5-Y-0 home bred Wagon Apollo/Maorita mare Apollorita, paying Supertab odds of $56.90.

Driven by Inglewood based Peter Sanderson, Apollorita raced by Eric and wife Anne led throughout from the pole, defying all challengers on straightening to defeat the well supported Just Call Me Earl off a three wide trail from the bell on the back of the third placegetter and favourite Sultry Lady.

The mile rate 2-05.1.

Len BAKER

Almost El Eagle:

 Sparken Up:

Magic Moment Lombo:

Hollys Miss Molly:

Cullen Time:

Apollorita:

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