Tabcorp Park Melton hosted three feature harness racing events on Friday June 8 - the $50,000 (Group 1) Glenferrie Farm Victoria Trotters Oaks, the time honoured $20,000 Italian Cup and the $25,000 Vicbred Championship Final for M0 class.
It was the all conquering Chris Lang (Nagambie) stable which snared not only the Oaks, but also the quinella, when ultra-consistent/Joyces Choice filly Shes An Image defeated Purplepeopleater in a rate of 2-04.4.
Having her seventh start for the season and eighteenth overall, Shes An Image (Chris Lang Jnr) led throughout from gate three over the 2240 metre journey, scoring by a half head from her stablemate which rattled home at a great rate from mid-field in the moving line, with Hold That Grin a head away in third place after trailing the winner and using the sprint lane to just fail.
Bred and raced by the Humphrey’s from Melton, Shes An Image a half sister to open class performer Gentle Image (Yentls Image) has taken her stake earnings to almost $140,000.
Avenel trainer David Aiken’s evergreen 7-Y-0/Cabsav Jaccka gelding Jaccka Clive notched up his 27th victory in 77 race appearances, when an easy winner of the Italian Cup, a race several champions have contested and won since its inception back in 1954.
Driven on this occasion by Nathan Jack, Jaccka Clive raced by Brendan James under the banner of BFJ Bloodstock Trust , wasn’t bustled from gate four, striding past the leader Our Malabar which had to fight from the pole to hold out the in-form In Monaco next to him at the start of the 2240 metre event.
Travelling on a tight rein throughout, Jaccka Clive coasted to the wire in a rate of 1-56.7 (last half 55.3 – quarter 27.5) to score by 4.2 metres in advance of Caribbean Blaster (three wide last lap) and Our Malabar.
The Vicbred Championship Final over 2240 metres went the way of the Glenn Douglas (Strathfieldsaye) trained and driven 5-Y-0/Mamore Ginger gelding Talk To The Hand, blowing most quaddie takers out of the first leg of a pool which held in excess of $260,000.
Starting from inside the second line, Talk To The Hand received a cosy passage three back along the markers, with the Tasmanian Aapennon burning across the face of the field to lead from gate six, with the polemarker Passions Promise trailing.
When Passions Promise came away from the markers on the final bend, it gave Talk To The Hand a clear run and despite racing roughly, he finished best at Supertab odds of $30.10 to score from Passions Promise and Aapennon in a rate of 1-57.9.
Raced by Graham Gibson, Talk To The Hand has raced on 70 occasions for 11 victories.
Sunraysia (Red Cliffs) trainer Bruce Rose rarely comes to town and savoured a magic moment by chalking up a stable double, Have A Bender taking the Tabcorp Park Melton Pace for M0 class over 1720 metres and Merindah Micron the choicehotels.com.au Pace for M0 & M1 class (mares) over 2240 metres, both late pick-up drives for Ellen Tormey.
Have A Bender an exciting 5-Y-0 gelding by Bad Bert from Chatalot, led throughout from gate four in accounting for Ohoka Mach along the sprint lane from three back the markers and National Service out wide in a slashing rate of 1-54.5, while Merindah Micron (River Khan/Madam Jasper), also five years of age, came from mid-field in the moving line with a withering burst of speed out wide on turning to defeat Miss Trickin Lombo and Sapphire Lil in a rate of 1-58.
Bruce is the son of former Nyah and Shepparton HRC Secretary Bill Rose.
Shes An Image
Talk To The Hand
Have A Bender
by Len BAKER