Day At The Track

The amalgamating of the codes

02:49 PM 24 Jun 2009 NZST
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Cranbourne Harness Racing Club

There was an amalgamation of the codes at Cranbourne on Wednesday June 24, when a large group of harness enthusiasts were joined by several of their fellow greyhound participants in racing the winner of the Decron Horse Care Pace for C4 & C5 class over 2080 metres - Waiona.

Trained by Dean Braun at Lara (Geelong) and driven by Shepparton based concessional reinswoman Stacey Towers, Waiona taking advantage of a 10 metre lift possied one/one from outside the second line, before being sent forward to park outside the pacemaker Gross Misconduct.

Handled with extreme confidence, Waiona moved on terms with the leader on the final bend and ran home strongly to score over Gross Misconduct and Sigalas (one/one).

A Kiwi bred four year old gelding by Island Fantasy from My Crowning Glory, Waiona was only purchased some six hours earlier, giving the owners an immediate return.

Braun has an impeccable record at Cranbourne meetings and is leading in the Club's trainers premiership after also winning with another former New Zealander - Tellthebanker in the Cranbourne Trainers Bonanza Pace for C1 class over 2080 metres.

With John Caldow holding the reins, Tellthebanker a 4-Y-0 Courage Under Fire/Aviatric gelding making his Australian debut, settled with most of the field ahead of him from the extreme draw, with Eastwood Countess assuming control within a lap.

Sent forward to park in the open at the bell, Tellthebanker proved too strong at the business end of proceedings for Elite Prospect (one/one) and Eastwood Countess.

First-up success

South Oakleigh trainer Terry Scanlon produced the Courage Under Fire/Our Blue Heaven colt Corageous Spirit to land the Seelite Windows & Doors 2-Y-0 Pace over 1609 metres when making his first appearance at the races.

Beginning brilliantly from gate six, reinsman Shane McGuinness speared Corageous Spirit straight to the front and rated a treat, was never headed in accounting for Ohoka Detroit which trailed and another first starter Lovable Larrikin.

Victory at last

Toolern Vale trainer Donna Lewis made a welcome return to the winners list, when the ultra-consistent Island Fantasy/Zena Maree gelding Robbos Retreat raced by the Hockham family, broke his maiden status at start number 15 in taking out the Blue Hills Rise 3-Y-0 Pace for C0 class over 2080 metres at Cranbourne.

Driven by Gavin Lang, Robbos Retreat from gate two on the second line settled three back in the running line, before being sent forward to parke in the open outside the leader Coolum Kid racing for the bell.

Held together until well in the straight, Robbos Retreat was given a few cracks with the whip and responded to score from the fast finishing Sahara Miss and Bratzki on reaching the wire.

Back in action

Sunraysia reinsman Andrew Vozlic just back from an enforced spell courtesy of HRV stewards, landed a winner at Mildura on Wednesday, when A Few Too Many trained locally by Craig Hartley led throughout from the pole to land the Qantaslink Q400 Now Flys To Mildura Pace for C1 class over 1790 metres.

A very honest 5-Y-0 daughter of Jet Laag and Lozza Lee, A Few Too Many was allowed to bowl along at her leisure and kicked away turning for home. Althought getting weary as the winning post loomed, A Few Too Many had enough in reserve to defy Cheer Me which trailed and Norley Hall (one/one) on reaching the wire.

Impressive performance

Mildura professional trainer Greg Cramp joined forces with Daryl Douglas to capture the 6th Heat of the Vicbred Super Series for 2-Y-0 Colts and Geldings over 2190 metres at Mildura with the Elsu/Arts Dream gelding Rokewood.

Making his third appearance at the races, Rokewood from the pole was beaten out by Sunrose Don (gate three), before immediately handling up to the well supported favourite Malibu Grin which was sent forward with a rush from gate three on the second row. This put Rokewood three back along the markers, making his task look forelorn.

Showing his renowned driving skills, Douglas eased Rokewood away from the markers in the last lap to be three wide on the home turn and Rokewood finished brilliantly to get the judges nod ahead of Summanus which led on turning after being wide in the last lap, with the South Australian visitor Boom Land third.

Back in the winners stall

Ouyen trainer Jim Geary's 6-Y-0 Exotic Earl/Gazza Hatrick mare Marchioness Meg scored her first victory since January 2007, when successful in the Qantaslink Your Regional Airline Pace for C2 class over 2190 metres at Mildura.

Driven by local Luke Watson, Marchioness Meg led out from the pole, with Watson electing to take a trail on the well supported Shes Lady Dilinger from gate three.

Travelling a lot better than at her previous outings this time in, Marchioness Meg gained an inside passage over the concluding stages to defeat Shes Lady Dilinger and Havelock Hanover.

Len BAKER

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