Day At The Track

Trots committeeman all smiles after race win

03:42 AM 16 Jul 2019 NZST
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Warragul Harness Racing Club
Warragul Harness Racing Club
Warragul Harness Racing Club committeeman Steve Austen had one of the happiest faces on course at Sunday's Warragul trots meeting.
His five-year-old pacer Rockntingira scored an upset win in the fifth race of the day, the pacers ninth victory from 40 starts.
Steve and his wife Karen prepare Rockntingira from their Labertouche property.
Driven by Rod Petroff, Rockntingira stormed home in the closing stages to grab a narrow victory over Raptover A Rainbow and Hes An Artist.
Rock On Playboy, trained a few kilometres away at Longwarry North by Geoff Walker, scored an easy win in the fourth event when driven by Greg Sugars.
Leading throughout as a well supported favourite, Rick On Playboy proved far too good for his rivals, the three-year-old breaking through for his first victory at start 14.
Completing a treble for horses trained in the immediate area was Drouin West horse Glenledi Boy, which looked extremely well graded in the other division of the three-year-old, and produced a winning result.
It was another Warragul winner for trainers Gary and Debbie Quinlan and driver Chris Alford.
Clyde trotter Mascott led throughout to provide Alford with a double. Trainer Jayne Davies hasn't prepared a great number of trotters over the years, but the ones that have passed through the stable have been of good quality, meaning Mascott should be one to follow in future.
The first four horses over the line in the trot are trained locally.
Stazzz Princess and Smart Little Shard were the day's other winners.
The current racing season at Warragul concludes on Monday, August 5.
Kyle Galley
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