Further heats of the time honoured Tontine Series for pacers were conducted by the progressive Horsham Harness Racing Club in Victoria's Wimmera District on Wednesday. Heat Three going the way of the Glenn Douglas trained and Daryl Douglas driven ex-Kiwi 4-Y-0 gelding Tandragee.
Beginning best from the pole, the gelded son ofand Instrumental was never headed in defeating a game Our Arlington which raced outside him for the majority of the 2200 metre trip, with Vinni Gambino (three back the markers – one/one home turn) a stablemate of the winner third. The mile rate 1-59.9.
Port MacDonnell (Mount Gambier) trainer Joey Buttigieg who had earlier won an opening round heat with the heavily supported Put Your Lights On at Ballarat a week earlier, landed the 4th Heat with 4-Y-0/Lady Alex gelding Grizz Wyllie who was backed for bundles.
Driven by Tony Pullicino, Grizz Wyllie from gate six was sent forward to surprisingly take the lead away from the Douglas representative Our Calvados which had led in his three previous outings to score, before recording an easy victory in advance of Jar Zinyo (three back the markers) and Our Calvados in a rate of 1-58.3.
The day was a big one for the Western part of the state, with Kerryn Manning taking the Zilco Slickz Hopples Pace for C0 class (mares) over 2200 metres with Jesla Ace, Brendan Mahncke the Barry Eeles Challenger Sulky Supplies Pace for C1 class over 1700 metres with Tres Hombres and Michael Bellman the Carbine Chemicals “Gastrazone” 3-Y-0 Pace over 1700 metres with Ourcrowninn.
Jesla Ace (/Havadance) led throughout from the pole in 2-01.8 to account for Seven Diamonds which got very close after racing outside her, with Blissful Mood running home late from last for an eye catching third.
Tres Hombres a 5-Y-0 gelding byfrom Wish You Were Here driven by Brendan, scored his first success since August last year much to the dismay of punters, paying $37.50 on Supertab.
Given a lovely passage one/one from gate two on the second line, Tres Hombre was eased three wide on the home turn and finished too well for a death-seating Jerry Marshall and the favourite Finn Lee which came from last after galloping away from gate four. The mile rate 2-01.2.
Ourcrownin (Exotic/Classic Flirt) made amends for a close second to Jamies Boy at Nyah on June 7, by leading throughout from the pole as a heavily supported $2.30 favourite to score from a game Two Pot Screamer which raced in the open, with Educated Lady running on late from three back in the moving line for third. The mile rate 2-01.5.
Hopetoun Park (Melton/Bacchus Marsh area) trainer Ross Sugars combined with daughter Kylie to snare the Decron Horse Care Co. Trotters Mobile for T0 & T1 class over 2200 metres with/Whiteharts Dream 5-Y-0 mare Viva La Rosa in a rate of 2-05.
Despite racing parked from gate four, Viva La Rosa surged past the well fancied pacemaker Malabars Dream running into the final bend, holding a margin all the way to the wire to record a strong victory over Flaming Action (three wide last lap) and Candy Digger which had every opportunity after following the winner throughout.
Viva La Rosa