Day At The Track

Two meetings held in Victoria on Thursday

12:20 PM 10 Nov 2011 NZDT
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Daryl Douglas
Daryl Douglas

Two harness racing meetings were held in Victoria on Thursday, Maryborough in the afternoon and Cranbourne at night.

Very honest 6-Y-0 Wind Cries Maori/Wongala Dianne mare Singing Creek returned to the winners list in the VSTA Trotters Handicap for T1 or better class over 2190 metres at Maryborough.

Trained at Elmore by Jenny Johnson, Singing Creek with Daryl Douglas aboard, settled four back along the markers from a 20 metre handicap, with Gazoline taking over shortly after the start.

Easing away from the inside in the final circuit to be three back in the moving line, Singing Creek was taken five wide on the final bend and finished full of running to score from the roughie Rayleigh Dancer who’s run was gigantic after galloping wildly at the start to be tailed off, before making ground to be last along the pegs, with Shadon third after circling from 10 metres to park outside the pacemaker. The mile rate 2-04.5.

It was Singing Creek’s 11th victory in 63 outings.

Parwan pair Craig Demmler (trainer) and Jodi Quinlan (driver) made it two from two with ex-South Australian Orion Star at Maryborough, taking out the Maryborough Highland Society Pace for C1 & C2 class (mares) over 2190 metres.

Spearing to the front from gate four, Orion Star a 4-Y-0 daughter of Armbro Operative and Red Celica led throughout to toy with her rivals in accounting for Nedra Nova (one/four) and The Dreamtime (one/one) in a rate of 2-00.1.

Eight year old Extrovert/Stingray Girl trotting gelding Joannas Boy defeated the pacers in the Snowball Series Starts Dec 12 Pacers Handicap for C0 class over 2190 metres, much to the delight of Rockbank part-owner/trainer Dominic Schembri.

Driven by Greg Sugars, Joannas Boy led out from the pole, before taking a trail on Itsoktobemates which began speedily from outside the front row to assume control.

After a cosy passage, Joannas Boy finished best along the sprint lane to gain the day in a best ever rate of 2-03.7 over Itsoktobemates and Fist Of Rage, chalking up his 8th victory in 82 race appearances.

At Cranbourne, Coimadai trainer Steve Zammit combined with Chris Alford to destroy quaddie punters when $27.70 chance Goodsie produced a barnstorming finish to snare the Ade Turf Equipment Vicbred Pace for C1 class over 1609 metres in a rate of 1-59.2.

Driven by Chris Alford, Goodsie starting from the extreme draw possied mid-field in the moving line and when asked to run on straightening, proved too strong for the leader Saint Babe and Living On Ice which trailed the pacemaker and used the sprint lane to no avail.

A 5-Y-0 Badlands Hanover/Awesome Powers gelding, Goodsie has fronted the starter 37 times for 3 wins and 11 placings.

Popular Pearcedale trainer Bill Walker and daughter Simone were successful on their home track with Kiwi bred 6-Y-0 Our Sir Vancelot/Happyasasandgirl gelding Za Marlon in the Choicehotels.com.au Pace for C1 class over 2080 metres.

Given a sweet trip from gate four three back along the markers, Za Marlon made full use of the sprint lane to score from the leader Joes Beauty and Mystical Trick (behind leader) in a rate of 2-04.2.

Free running 9-Y-0 Keystone Salute/Mairead gelding Aidan Anabettin registered his 3rd success in 60 outings, when victorious in the Aldebaran Park Trotters Mobile for T0 & T1 class over 2080 metres.

Jumping straight to the front from gate two, Aidan Anabettin part-owned, trained and driven by Sunbury’s John Kelly showed his rivals a clean pair of heels to score in a rate of 2-05.4 over Sun Bird and Speedy Atom who had every opportunity to run him down.

Len BAKER

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Goodsie upsetting at Cranbourne:

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