The Victorian harness racing scene Friday

01:38 AM 17 Oct 2009 NZDT
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Deanna Troy & Gavin Lang
Deanna Troy & Gavin Lang - And owner Stephen Heathcote
Peter Staples Photo

The mandatory two harness racing metings were held in Victoria on Friday - Maryborough and Tabcorp Park Melton.

Do good for sure

Underrated Kyneton trainer/driver Joe Attard was in the winners stall at Maryborough, when Imagunnadogood, a gelded son of Extrovert and Kellybrooke scored in the Yankee Spider @ Bayunga Lodge 3-Y-0 Trotters Handicap over 2190 metres.

Stepping cleanly from the pole, Imagunnadogood making his fifth appearance at the races was given a lovely trip trailing the well supported leader Browngate Beauty throughout the event and when eased to the outside on turning, finished best to gain the day by 3.9 metres on the wire in a 2-09.4 rate, with Millwod Trix (four back the markers) making no impression on the pair to be a gap away in third place.

Another roughie salutes

Long shot specialist Adam Crettenden (Sport 927 Racecaller), added another winner to his driving tally, when 7-Y-0 Armbro Operative/Robalind gelding Payusinhundreds saluted the judge in the Seelite Windows & Doors Pacers Handicap for C3 or better class over 2190 metres at Maryborough, paying Supertab odds of $25.80.

Trained by Bob Mahncke at Woorndo, Payusinhundreds taking a concession was slowly away from outside the front row and settled at the tail of the field with the exception of Maisie Mouse which galloped wildly shortly after the start and was tailed off.

Latching on to the back of George Samuel in the three wide line for the final circuit, Payusinhundreds motored to the wire out wide on straightening to nab the 40 metre backmarker and favourite Ohoka Nevada in the shadows of the post to score in a 2-02.6 rate, with the tearaway leader Parwan Rocket holding down third.

Another win to Deanna Troy

Gavin Lang's was successful at Melton, when bonny Tasmanian owned 7-Y-0 Troublemaker/ Ambassadora mare Deanna Troy trained in the name of father Graeme, notched up her 28th victory by taking the $20,000 VSB & SA Golden Wattle Cup for M0 or better class restricted to the fairer sex over 1720 metres at Tabcorp Park.

Starting from gate two on the second line, Deanna Troy gained a beaut run through the field at the start and when the noted sit/spriner Bay Torrent crossed Miss Laura Jane in the front straight racing for the bell, the lead was up for grabs and Gavin seized the opportunity to do so.

Driven with extreme vigour on straightening, Deanna Troy lasted by a half neck over Bay Torrent and Miss Laura Jane in a slick rate of 1-57.2.

Justice prevails

The John Justice team is going great guns at present and 6-Y-0 Aces N Sevens/Lotsa Luv Lombo gelding Luv Tha Aces Lombo scored a strong victory in the Pridmore Electrics Pace for M2 to M4 class over 2240 metres at Melton.

Trapped three wide from outside the front row, Luv Tha Aces Lombo was sent forward to park outside the pacemaker Benucci, before easing to take a trail on the country cups contender Few Good Men to enjoy a trail through the middle stages.

Taken wide on straightening, Luv Tha Aces Lombo finished his race off well to gain the day over Wipem Dry and The Gunstar in a rate of 2-00.6 and in doing so, chalked up his 18th success in 79 race appearances.

Peacock victory

Kilmore's Tony Peacock was successful with the highly promising Live Or Die/Jamel Franco gelding Mister GNP in the Race-Tech Australia 4-Y-0 Pace over 1720 metres at Tabcorp Park Melton on Friday in a mile rate of 1-57.9.

Driven confidently by Damian Wilson, Mister GNP from the extreme draw pushed through to assume control from the noted sit/spriner Commander Cullen shortly after the start and always looked the winner, especially as the heavily supported favourite galloped away losing all chance.

Kicking clear on turning, Mister GNP coasted to the wire in advance of Cool And Casual along the sprint lane from three back the markers, with Whodyou Wantmetobe third after racing wide in the final circuit.

Top staying effort

Bacchus Marsh trainer/driver Amy Tubbs' ever consistent Safely Kept/Vicky Macray 5-Y-0 gelding Together We Do snared the Radio Sport 927 Pace for M0 class over 2240 metres in a slick 2-00.9.

Trapped wide from gate five, Amy had no option but to press forward with Together We Do to park outside the pacemaker Royal Steel which had begun swiftly from gate four.

In what was a superb staying performance, Together We Do kept on giving all the way up the long straight to gain the judge's verdict by a head over Dazed And Confused off the back of the leader in a thrilling finish, with the roughie Sirnelson Of Ascot a neck away in third place.

Len BAKER

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