Triple treat for Gavin Lang fans

11:36 AM 21 Jun 2014 NZST
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Gavin Lang - reined home a treble at Tapcorp Park Melton.

Gavin Lang’s legion of fans found themselves in the winners’ queue three times at Tabcorp Park Melton on Friday night.

The champion reinsman piloted The Good Times, Supaliner and Classy Western to wins on the nine-race card.

Emma Stewart-trained The Good Times ($1.70) kicked things off with a bang for Lang, scoring a strong win in the Empire Stallions Vicbred Platinum Pace (2240m).

Three-wide for a few strides early, Lang quickly slotted The Good Times one off the pegs back in the field as Mary Mon found the lead up front.

Alina (Christopher Shinn) was first to pounce as the field swung for home with Mary Mon getting tired, but when Lang let The Good Times roll it was lights out, the five-year-old mare exploding clear for a 7.9m win in a rate of 1:57.0.

Alina was plucky to hold on for second, with Union Belle getting third for Michael Bellman.

Lang then combined with Riddells Creek trainer Adam Kelly aboard Supaliner ($4.40) to win the Alabar Pace over 1720m.

Lance Justice-trained Magnificent Art found the front early, the heavily backed son of Art Major showing blistering gate speed.

Travtiano also began well and was able to drop in behind Magnificent Art, but then he moved one off and allowed Supaliner to punch through and get first shot at the sprint lane at the finish.

Magnificent Art had a good kick turning for home and gave Supaliner a perfect drag into the lane, the four-year-old Mach Three gelding relishing the opportunity once in clear air to draw away for a 4.4m win.

Magnificent Art held on for second, while Peter Manning’s Boyz Torque continued getting closer to a win, running on well for third for Kerryn Manning.

Lang’s third and final winner came in Race 8, the Woodlands Stud Pace over 1720m aboard Classy Western at odds of $15.90.

Esbee Doubleyou led from gate two for driver John Caldow with pressure coming from Jason Lee and Arr En Special midrace.

The even-money favourite Highview Conall followed the leader from pole for Amanda Turnbull, while Lang took Classy Western back to last off the widest draw on the front line.

Turning for home Lang took Classy Western to the outside after making ground off the back, the son of Western Terror hitting top gear in the last 150m to score a 1.3m win over Scruffy Major, who ran on well for Greg Sugars, with Highview Conall pulling out just a fair run for third.

Amanda Grieve took training honours for the meeting with a winning double, the Melton trainer preparing Magical Telf ($4.90 with Alex Ashwood in the cart) to win the TAB.COM.AU Pace over 2240m in 1:56.9 by 3.2m over hot favourite Cyrus (Matthew Craven) and La Machane (Sugars), and talented trotter Our Dreamlover to win the feature race of the night, the Seelite Windows and Doors Winter Trotters Cup Final over 2240m.

Our Dreamlover ($1.90) with Greg Sugars aboard sat outside early leader Mister Gunsen, the pair setting a strong tempo in the Group 2 trotting race.

Our Dreamlover had raced to the lead as the field headed towards the home turn, with Mister Gunsen struggling. Sunset Invasion was warming to its task and Brief Glance emerging from well back also.

But nothing was going to catch Our Dreamlover, the son of Love You notching a 10th win at start No.24, while Brief Glance (Amy Tubbs) ran on strongly for second and Sunset Invasion (Jodi Quinlan) finished third.

The winner’s mile rate was 1:59.6 and his winning margin 11.7m over the second horse.

Bill and Simone Walker took out the Sky Racing Wagon Apollo Trotters Free For All over 2240m with six-year-old gelding Stoned I Am ($14.40).

The son of Sundon enjoyed a soft run one out and one back midrace before peeling wide in the home straight to overrun race favourite Brunelleschi by a half-head.

Brunelleschi had excuses, having to do the lion’s share of the work out wide on the last lap, while Aleppo Midas finished third for Kerryn Manning.

Other winners on the program were This Is Your Life ($3) in the Tabcorp Park Melton Pace Final for trainer-driver George Schembri, Keayang Cullen ($1.60) for Marg Lee and Glen Craven in the 2Construct Young Pedro Free For All over 1720m and Our Eastwood Cullen ($4.40) in the Junction Hotel Claiming Pace for Craig Demmler and Jodi Quinlan.

FAST FACTS FROM LAST NIGHT'S MELTON MEETING

* Early quaddie paid $2190 on 6-1-6-8
* Quaddie paid $328.50 on 7-9-1-3
* Best mile rate for night was Classy Western 1:56.5 in Race 8
* Most wins by driver: 3 for Gavin Lang
* Most wins by trainer: 2 for Amanda Grieve
* Biggest first four: $3855.30 in Race 8 on 7-9-1-3

By Cody Winnell (Harness Racing Australia)

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