Day At The Track

The sensational $50,000 Mildura Pacing Cup

04:15 PM 14 Apr 2012 NZST
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A tremendous field lined up for the 2112 harness racing edition of the Park Douglas Printing $50,000 (Group 2) Mildura Pacing Cup for M0 or better class over 2600 metres on Saturday April 14 and what a race it was, with victory going to much improved ex-Kiwi 5-Y-0 Badlands Hanover/Sheza Trick gelding Heza Trick.

This gave owners Eric & Heather Anderson under the banner of Anderson Racing their second cup victory in four years, having previously scored with Bold Cruiser in 2009.

Trained at the Anderson’s Strathfieldsaye property by son-in-law Glenn Douglas, Heza Trick with brother Daryl in the sulky was taken off the gate (barrier five) to possie three back in the moving line, with Toulouse Lautrec burning away from gate four to lead from the rank outsider Thats Mister Ali (gate six).

Favourite Abettorpunt was quickly eased away from an awkward second line draw to trail Heza Trick in the early stages, with reinsman Caleb Lewis electing to move forward in the middle stages to park outside the pacemaker. The action really started to hot up racing for the bell, when Glenn Douglas urged the bonny mare and stablemate of the winner Make Mine Cullen forward from last to park in the open, with “Dasher’ letting Heza Trick loose to death-seat for the final circuit.

Applying plenty of pressure to Toulouse Lautrec in the back straight on the final occasion, Heza Trick raced away on straightening to score by a margin of 7.3 metres over last year’s runner-up Lets Slash An Burn which gained inside runs on turning from three back the markers when Wartime Sweetheart trailing the leader shifted away from the marker line, with Abettorpunt (four wide home turn) a nose away in third place and Make Mine Cullen fourth.

In quarters of 30.1, 31.1, 28.4 and 28.7 for the last mile after a lead time of 75.7 seconds out of the gate, Heza Trick returned a mile rate of 2-00.1 for the journey, 1.9 seconds outside Safari’s record set in 2007.

Heza Trick - The Park Douglas Printing $50,000 (Group 2) Mildura Pacing Cup

It was a super night Team Douglas who also scored with Stirling Charmer in the $17,500 Loddon Valley Stud Free For All, while Daryl chalked up four winners for the evening, the other two being Dallas Valentino (trainer Mick Cirillo – Swan Hill) in the Sunraysia Daily Pace and Well Oiled Lombo (Murray Jardine – Ouyen) in the Quality Hotel Mildura Grand Pace.

Top Melbourne reinsman Greg Sugars also enjoyed a happy night after winning the $15,000 Tankard Dental Mildura Guineas aboard Top Tamba and the $25,000 Mark Gurry & Associates Cup Final for C4 to C8 class with Our Arlington.

Top Tamba (D M Dilinger/Miss Philpotts) trained at Romsey by popular Leigh Miles for wife Alison, was sent forward from the extreme draw to park outside The Ole Buckeroo in the 2190 metre feature, before drawing clear on straightening and defying a late finish by Our Walden Bury (one/one) to score by a head in 2-01.5, with The Ole Buckeroo weakening to finish third 6.3 metres away.

Former New Zealand 4-Y-0 Washington Vc/People’s Princess gelding Our Arlington was very strong in his victory.

Trained at Bannockburn (Geelong area) by Geoff Webster, Our Arlington wasn’t pushed from outside the front row, with Sugars giving him time to find his feet before moving forward to park outside another of the Douglas runners Timeless Era.

Keeping the leader honest in the last lap, Our Arlington outstayed his rivals to lead on straightening and record a 2.3 metre victory over Arber which trailed the leader, easing three wide on turning, with Timeless Era a further 2 metres away in third place.

Raced by Ron Anderson, Neil Richmond and Garth Allen all from the Geelong district, Our Arlington recorded his 9th victory in 21 outings (18 in Australia).

Len BAKER

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