Terang’s Matthew Craven took driving honours with a treble at Horsham on Monday.
Joining forces with Terang trainer Tony Harrison, talented Modern Art/Moroni colt Clark Griswold was first to arrive, scoring easily in the Conways Pace over 1700m.
Having his first outing since March, Clark Griswold wasn’t pushed out from his outside-front-row draw, gradually moving forward to cross the pacemaker Sign No More, which had worked three-wide from gate four to lead running into the first turn.
Once in front, Clark Griswold coasted for the remainder of the race to score by 16.8m in a rate of 2:00.2 from Sign No More, which battled away gamely for second.
It was Clark Griswold’s third win from four starts.
It Is I/Shy Star gelding Okelerho Lad, trained by Craven, was a big winner of the Westvic Race Pix 3YO Pace over 2200m.
Beginning brilliantly from the extreme draw, Craven wasted little time in sending Okelerho Lad forward to race outside the pole line leader Rockin Roger, where he dictated terms.
Surging to the front approaching the home turn, Okelerho Lad was too strong over the concluding stages to score a 4.3m win in advance of ex-Kiwi Ark, with Game Cullen third in a rate of 1:59.6.
Burrumbeet trainer Ashleigh Herbertson’s much-improved four-year-old It Is I/But Ler Raine mare Its Raining was successful in the Nat’s Rug And Harness Repair Vicbred Pace over 2200m.
Sent forward from gate six to park outside leader Raw Steel (gate two), Its Raining outstayed her rivals to score by 32.9m over Extra, which was behind the leader and then one-one for the last lap, and Linora Dawn, which had raced three back on the markers.
The mile rate was 1:59.5.
It was a great day for the western district with Great Western owner/trainer Michael Gadsden landing the Moore Bulk Haulage Pace over 1700m with seven-year-old Village Jasper/Tennessee Songbird gelding Xavier Jack in a rate of 2:01.0.
Driven by Denbeigh Wade, Xavier Jack led from gate three, running his rivals ragged to score by 6.1m from a death-seating Longtan Tigerman and Nicnac Bromac (three back the markers) in third.
Redan’s Michael Stanley produced a nice type in Big Spending Telf, a colt by Changeover from Super Telf (a half-brother to metropolitan pacer Magical Telf) to take the Betta Electrical Horsham 2YO Pace over 1700m on debut.
Allowed to find his feet from gate two with Wotplanetrufrom (gate four) leading, Stanley put the foot to the floor once balanced and Big Spending Telf showed exceptional speed to lead racing for the bell.
Challenged strongly by Frostyflyer approaching the home turn, which had been outside him for the final circuit and almost crossed, Big Spending Telf rallied like a good horse on straightening to draw clear in the shadows of the post and register a 5m win in 2:00.7, with Shadow Spar third.
By Len Baker (Harness Racing Australia)