Day At The Track

Trainer Kevin Brough snares a stable double

02:22 AM 17 Sep 2010 NZST
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Terang in Victoria's Western District was the venue for Thursday night harness racing and the area provided four winners on the program, with Heywood trainer/driver Kevin Brough snaring a stable double.

Honest 6-Y-0 Village Jasper/Belair Princess gelding Blackall Lad has a liking for the Terang circuit (as does Broughie) and captured the Talisman Horse Floats Pace for C1 class over 1680 metres.

A notorious slow beginner, Blackall Lad from outside the front row dropped out to last in the sprint affair, before trailing up both Wheatsheaf Avaball and Glenburn Rock from the bell.

Although five wide on the final bend, Blackall Lad put plenty of heart into his finish to score by 1.2 metres over a game Wheatsheaf Avaball in a slick 1-59.7, with Valerian Pass using the sprint lane for third after trailing the weakening leader Ruffiano.

Stablemate Jimmy Flaherty a giant killer at his previous outing on the same track, repeated the dose in the Reichas Stores Pace for C1 class over 1680 metres.

Driven by Chris Alford with Brough handling Best Of Wine, Jimmy Flaherty showed no speed from the pole, ending up four back along the markers in a spread out field, with the hot favourite Our Ladylight (gate five) working around the leader Superstar Xpress (gate six).

Easing away from the markers to face the breeze for the final circuit, Jimmy Flaherty joined Our Ladylight on the home turn to outstay her in the run home, scoring by 1.4 metres in 2-00.3, with Superstar Xpress third after using the sprint lane.

An improving 4-Y-0 gelded son of Safe And Sound and Kate Flaherty, Jimmy Flaherty has fronted the starter 11 times for 2 wins and 3 placings.

Terang part-owner/trainer Jesse Clarke has 5-Y-0 Red River Hanover/Donna Soky gelding Djibouti going great guns at present and brought up two successive wins on her home track by taking the Barastoc Pace for C2 & C3 class over 2180 metres in 2-01.3.

Driven by husband John, Djibouti from gate three ended up miles back in the field as the position outside the leader Bubble Art (gate one) continually changed.

Commencing a forward move three wide solo in the final circuit, Djibouti gradually made ground to stride clear on the home turn and held a margin to the wire in accounting for Hellovaparty off a three wide double trail, with another Terang hope in Viareggio third after moving from last to face the open at the bell and striding to the front in the last lap.

Great Western owner/driver Brad Hunt landed the Apco Easy Shops Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2180 metres with recent purchase Paris Rose in a pedestrian rate of 2-09.2.

Trained by “boss” Peter Manning, Paris Rose (Safely Kept/Role Model) led virtually throughout from the pole in defeating Chipmont Lad along the sprint lane from mid-field in the moving line and a death-seating Country Cop.

Chris Alford showed why he is one of the best when successful aboard 4-Y-0 Life Sign/Karamea Minetta mare Karamea Mietta in the Browning Blue Chip Pace for C0 class (mares) over 1680 metres.

Settling at the tail of the field from the extreme draw, Karamea Mietta (trained by Alford) moved forward three wide trailing both Dressedforsuccess and Investalot in the final circuit, before switching down to the inside approaching the home turn to save valuable ground.

Using the sprint lane to perfection, Karamea Mietta sailed home to blowse a death seating Contemporaryvision and Art Maur Girl (one/one) in a rate of 2-01.2.

Len BAKER

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