Third victory in as many starts for favourite

11:06 AM 03 Jan 2012 NZDT
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Amy Tubbs
Amy Tubbs

Five year old Artsplace/Lils Dream mare National Gallery chalked up her third harness racing victory in as many starts over a period of 25 months, when successful in the Geelong Australia Pace for C0 class (mares) over 2100 metres at Geelong on Tuesday January 3.

A winner at Shepparton on debut back in November 2009, followed by a victory at Wagga in March 2010, National Victory had been off the scene since.

Trained and driven by Amy Tubbs for Lauriston Bloodstock Pty Ltd, National Gallery wasn’t pushed out from gate four, settling outside the poleline pacemaker Temcam Theory.

Joining the leader on the final bend, National Gallery did only what she had to do in scoring a soft victory over the leader which battled on gamely in a rate of 2-03.3 (last half 58 – quarter 27.9), albeit 10 metres away, with Got Nothing (one/two – three wide last lap) third.

Beautifully bred Last Sunset/Waikare Gold filly Waikare Patricia opened her winning account at start number four in taking the VHRSC 3-Y-0 Trotters Mobile over 2100 metres, returning a rate of 2-04.2.

Trained at Longlea (Bendigo) by Graham McDermott and driven by Grant Campbell, Waikare Patricia was given a sweet passage one/one from gate five, with the long odds-on favourite Leavemein leading for John Justice.

Eased three wide on the home turn, Waikare Patricia ran home stylishly to win well by a margin of 10 metres in advance of Leavemein, with Chevaux Rainbow third after racing in the open.

Octogenairian Eric Hurley (84) snared the SEW-Eurodrive Vicbred Pace for C1 class over 1609 metres with 4-Y-0 Artesian/Tall And Tanned gelding Steaming, much to the delight of son Jeffrey who shares the ownership with his father.

Beginning brilliantly from gate six to lead leaving the hot favourite Relaxed (gate five) in the open, Steaming was crossed at the bell by the second elect Hei Egyptian Reine which was set alight by Chris Alford after being caught wide.

Using the sprint lane, Steaming sailed away in the straight to score by 2.6 metres in 1-59.5 over Relaxed, with Family Interest (three back the markers) third.

Former Kiwi pair Brent Lilley (trainer) and Bob Butt (reinsman) produced a nice type by the name of Sunnys Bar to score an impressive victory in the VHRSC Trotters Handicap for T2 or better class over 2570 metres when making his Australian debut.

A 9-Y-0 gelded son of Sundon and Barbra Eden which had raced on 80 occasions in his homeland, Sunnys Bar coming off a 4th at Alexandra Park (Auckland) on December 9 and taking a concession, stepped safely from outside the front row (only three across), sliding past the leader Country Cop in the front in the straight on the first occasion.

Rated a treat at the head of affairs, Sunnys Bar cruised to victory untouched in a rate of 2-05.6 over the roughie Keystone Blues (four wide home turn off a three wide trail in last lap on the back of the third placegetter Avid).

Doreen owner/trainer Rebecca Cartwright’s 5-Y-0 Dream Away/Matter Of Time is going great guns at present and notched up her 9th victory (four this season), when successful in the Choice Hotels 132400 Pace for C2 & C3 class over 2100 metres.

Driven by Daryl Douglas, Im Oni Jones was restrained at the start from gate six, moving to receive the run of the race one/one through the middle stages.

Taken three wide approaching the home turn, Im Oni Jones proved too solid for her rivals on straightening to score by in advance of a death-seating Winnies Central, with Lovable Larrikin (four wide home turn from last) third. The mile rate 2-01.7.

Local Maud duo Jack and Karen Kendall’s smart Courage Under Fire/Angelica Rose filly Overthorns scored a well deserved victory in the VHRSC 3-Y-0 Pace over 1609 metres.

Trained by Jack and driven by Karen, Overthorns (gate three) was surprisingly crossed by the roughie Emperor Commodus outside her as the starter despatched the field, with Karen immediately coming away from the markers to assume control shortly after.

Always looking the winner, Overthorns who is scheduled to front up again the S-A Oaks on Saturday night, defeated Batali (three back the markers – four wide home turn) and Blazeaway Macray (one/one - three wide home turn) in a rate of 1-57.3.

Len BAKER

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