Day At The Track

Twotter Fud in Bacardi Lindy Trotter Handicap

09:26 PM 24 Sep 2008 NZST
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Bacardi Lindy and Ross Simpson
Bacardi Lindy and Ross Simpson - Race was named after this first season Sire

Shrewd Shepparton trainer Wayne Aylett was in the winners stall at the Echuca meeting on Wednesday September 24, when the unusually named Wind Cries Maori/Twebby Twotter 4 year old entire Twotter Fud greeted the judge in the Bacardi Lindy Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2530 metres when making his race debut, returning an easy 2:08.1 mile rate.

One of only two off the front line, Twotter Fud wearing half hopples pinged straight to the front from the pole and trotted to perfection for reinsman Steven Duffy to register a most impressive victory in advance of the 10 metre marker Earls Jewel which trailed making no impression in the run home, with Move On By third after trailing the pair off a 30 metre handicap.

Wayne enjoyed plenty of success with the dam who scored 7 wins.


Much travelled trainer/driver Shane Gilligan now based at Moama (NSW) just over the Murray River from Echuca, landed the $5,000 Pat Cooper Memorial Pace Final for C0 class over 1755 metres with his Jet Laag/Operative Dream mare Queen Of The World.

Close up in her heat to finish third on September 14, Queen Of The World starting from gate two on the second row settled mid-field in the running line, before commencing a forward move three wide solo racing for the bell to give chase to the leader and favourite Neopolitan.

Taking a slender lead on turning, Queen Of The World making her 13th appearance at the races, proved too strong at the finish despite wanting to hang in over the concluding stages for Neopolitan and Showboat Casey (behind leader) in a 2-02.9 rate.


Ararat trainer Ken Carr combined with Shepparton's Daniel Jack to snare the Len Wills Pace for C0 class over 1755 metres with Bullys Equity, a 5-Y-0 gelded son of Equitable and Pravissima.

Driven with aggression from gate three to park outside the pacemaker Tedious keeping her honest throughout, Bullys Equity outstayed his rivals to score narrowly but well in a 2-01.6 rate from Silvagni along the sprint lane from three back in the moving line, with Tedious weakening to finish third.


Swan Hill hobby trainer Jim Butcher's honest 5-Y-0 Golden Reign/Sally Dark Moon mare Tommys Little Sis chalked up her 7th victory in the Rich River Rural Pace for C3 & C4 class over 2160 metres.

Taking a mares concession, Tommys Little Sis led out from the pole, before regular reinsman Leigh Sutton elected to hand the front running to Night Shifter on the first turn, as her pattern of racing is usually to take cover.

Making full use of the sprint lane, Tommys Little Sis dashed away in the shadows of the post to defeat Night Shifter which had every chance, with Prince Of Albert third after trailing the pair and pulling wide on the home turn.

It was Tommys Little Sis' 7th success in 38 outings and she returned a 2-04.4 mile rate.


Kyneton part-owner/trainer Gordon Muir's speedy 6-Y-0 Il Vicolo/Forward Falcon gelding Forward Vicstar once again showed his liking for the short trip and brought up his 5th victory in 14 outings with an all the way victory in the Campaspe Park Pace for C2 class over 1755 metres.

One of three winners on the program for Daryl Douglas, Forward Vicstar showed his usual brilliant gate speed from barrier four to cross those on his inside easily in the run to the first turn and rated to perfection, kicked away at the straight entrance to score unextended in a 2-01.5 rate from Its Game On which trailed, with Broken Spoke third after being three wide for the final circuit.

Daryl was also successful aboard brother Glenn's Still To Come (Fully Loaded/One Happy Miss) in the M & J Everett Pace for C0 class and the ex-Kiwi Blade Of Glory (Armbro Operative/Don't Tempt Me) in the Petstock Pace for C5 & C6 class.


Sutton Grange (Bendigo) breeder/owner/trainer Ivan Collison did punters no favours when 7-Y-0 Exotic Earl/Tiptoe Bow mare Laurellea Bow scored in the Don Guy Tribute for C1 class over 2160 metres at Supertab odds of $20.80.

In a race named in honour of the late Don Guy who was track curator and a very astute trainer who stabled on course, Laurellea Bow settled a lot closer than normal from the pole for Bendigo's Luke Adcock to possie on the back of the leader Midget Mal drawn next to her.

Extricated into the clear in the last lap, Laurellea Bow gave chase to the well backed Showdownatmidnight to draw level on the final bend, before racing clear over the concluding stages to gain the day in advance of Top Pennymaker and Showdownatmidnight in a 2-03.8 rate.

Len Baskers Provincial Victoria

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