Day At The Track

Trainer Leigh Miles continues terrific season

05:05 PM 19 Jul 2011 NZST
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The Kilmore harness racing club conducted a successful meeting at Tabcorp Park Melton on Tuesday July 19, with a mixed bag of winners coming especially from the Melton area. Romsey trainer Leigh Miles continued his terrific season when D M Dilinger/Miss Philpotts gelding Top Tamba scored in the Bolinda Publishing 2-Y-0 Pacers Handicap over 2240 metres.

Raced by wife Alison, Top Tamba with Greg Sugars in the sulky began swiftly from the 10 metre mark and was immediately sent forward to take over at the head of affairs.

Always travelling kindly, Top Tamba held too many guns for a death-seating Earls Reign in a rate of 2-05.8, with the first starter Beticanfly (one/one) third.

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Mount Cottell trainer Peter Sant’s 4-Y-0 Art Major/Jagged Lady mare No Good At Maths has promised plenty in 10 previous outings and finally broke her maiden status when victorious in the Kilmore Trackside Bistro & Function Centre Pace for C0 class mares.

Driven as usual by David Murphy, No Good At Maths from the extreme draw was sent forward to obtain the lead and well rated, defied all challengers in defeating Claire Jasper off a three wide trail in the last lap, with Yellow Diamond (three wide last lap) third. The mile rate 2-03.7.

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Toolern Vale’s John Justice snared the Garrard’s Horse & Hound 3-Y-0 Pace over 1720 metres at Melton with Blissful Hall/Pure Velvet colt Relaxed in a rate of 1-59.1.

Settling three back along the markers from outside the front row, Relaxed when taken into the clear, finished strongly to score from Wolfgang from near last on debut, with Elite Shiraz (one/one) third.

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Melton’s Graham Tindale combined with Chris Alford to land the Benstud Standardbreds 3-Y-0 Pacers Handicap over 2240 metres with 20 metre backmarker Sir Jaybe Hall in a rate of 2-02.

Beginning safely, Sir Jaybe Hall (Blissful hall/Go Bush) spend most of the race one/one, proving too strong at the finish for the pacemaker Soho Icarus and Sunset Hustler.

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Another Melton winner on the night was 5-Y-0 Safely Kept/Carly Navigator gelding Silent Predator for Sue Hunter and Greg Sugars in the SEW-Eurodrive Pace for C5 & C6 class over 2240 metres.

Given a sweet passage mid-field in the moving line from gate two on the second row, Silent Predator was sent forward three wide uncovered in the last lap, before finishing best to score from a death-seating Atlas Alliance in 1-59, with Shortys Star (one/one) third.

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Monegeetta’s Lisa & David Miles snared the Provideo Claiming Pace over 2240 metres with 4-Y-0 Blissful Hall/Marlee Jayne gelding Dream Catch Me.

Driven by Lisa, Dream Catch Me from outside the front row faced the open throughout, proving too strong at the business end of proceedings for the leader James Ryan in 1-59.2, with Just Dont Be Cruel coming from last for third.

Unfortunately for owner/breeder Colin Johnstone, Dream Catch Me was claimed in the event and will now have a new home to go to.

 

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Long Forest pair Andy and Kate Gath’s 3-Y-0 Art Major/Leading Lady 3-Y-0 gelding Silent Prowl chalked up his 3rd victory for the season in taking the Mallia Builders Pace for C0 class over 1720 metres in a rate of 1-57.8, running home strongly off a three wide trail in the final circuit to score from I Look A Lot and Isa Queen which led up the three wide line in the last lap.

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Bendigo’s Alan McIntosh landed the Northern Fascia Pacers Handicap for C1 or better class over 2240 metres with most consistent home bred 5-Y-0 Panorama/Hungry Jacquie gelding Sunset Panorama.

With Chris Alford in the sulky, Sunset Panorama led throughout from barrier three in accounting for Lovable Larrikin and Hes Albert in a pedestrian rate of 2-05.6.

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Len BAKER

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