Day At The Track

Veteran nabs a belated 84th birthday present

11:42 AM 20 Oct 2011 NZDT
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Maree and John Caldow
Maree and John Caldow

Veteran harness racing driver Eric Hurley received a belated 84th birthday present, when 4-Y-0 Artesian/Tall And Tanned gelding Steaming greeted the judge in the Decron Horse Care Pace for C0 class over 2080 metres at Thursday's (October 20) Cranbourne harness fixture.

Trained at Parwan by Eric who races the gelding in partnership with wife Jeanette, Steaming making his 13th appearance at the races settled three back along the markers from inside the second line, with Justabitoffun from outside the front row scorching across the face of the field to lead.

Never leaving the inside, Steaming finished strongly along the sprint lane to score by a half neck in 2-00.9 over the pacemaker, with Grand Moteur (one/two) third.

Many readers will recall Eric winning the 1964 (Melbourne) Inter Dominion Pacers Final with the tough stayer Minuteman.

Doreen trainer Shane Gallagher made a welcome return to the winners list, when 4-Y-0 Grinfromeartoear/Cindy Shiraz mare Elite Shiraz scored in the Farmhand Cranbourne Pace for C0 class over 2080 metres.

In what was the “drive of the night” by Chris Alford, Elite Shiraz also starting from inside the second row was quickly away from the inside to possie four back in the moving line.

Making a lightning forward move racing for the bell to cross the pacemaker Black And Yellow, Elite Shiraz led for the final circuit in winning by 8.1 metres from Black And Yellow and Ruby My Love in 2-04.4.

Avenel’s David Aiken snared the Aldebaran Park Trotters Mobile for T0 & T1 class over 2080 metres with fully American bred Like A Prayer/Aspenglow mare Cold Sister, much to the delight of Queensland mining magnate Clive Palmer who races her under the banner of Cold Mountain Stud.

Trained and driven by David, Cold Sister led throughout from the pole in accounting for Titillate (three wide home turn), with Alabama Skeeta using inside runs in the last lap to finish third. The mile rate 2-04.4.

Long Forest husband and wife John & Maree Caldow were successful with 5-Y-0 Blissful Hall/Red Profiteer gelding Red Blister in the Ageing Positively Pace for C1 class over 2080 metres at Cranbourne a rate of 2-01.8.

Bred and raced by Bryan Finch, Red Blister from gate three led throughout to score easily in advance of Mooney which raced outside him and Gypsy Tingira which trailed the winner making no impression along the sprint lane.

Nine year old Lucky Camilla/My Girl Milly gelding Mistamuckalee chalked up his 9th victory in 142 outings by taking the Azumah Cushpad Pace for C1 class over 1609 metres in a rate of 1-59.1.

Raced and trained by Jason Sant, Mistamuckalee stabled at father Peter’s Rockbank property, was given a sweet passage from gate two on the second line mid-field by Rhys Nicholson, taking a concession on the old timer who was also taking advantage of the “drop back a grade system”, with his previous victory being at Geelong in September last year.

Easing three wide in the last lap, Mistamuckalee ran home strongly to gain the day in advance of Manny Tiavon along the sprint lane after following the pacemaker, favourite and third placegetter Frisky Risky Rita which led from gate two.

Smart 5-Y-0 Western Terror/Zain gelding Travtiano loves racing at his home track and blitzed his rivals in the Blue Hills Rise Pace for C2 & C3 class over 2080 metres.

Part-owned, bred and trained by hobbyist Derek Harrington, Travtiano was given a lovely passage four back in the moving line from gate two on the second row by Craig Demmler, gaining a beaut three wide trail into the race approaching the home turn.

Sprinting like a gazelle, Travtiano put pay to his rivals in a couple of bounds on straightening, careering away to win by 10.8 metres in 2-00 even over Frankie Maguire which trailed the leader and third placegetter Shes Norma Jean.

It was Travtiano’s 8th victory (5 at Cranbourne) in 26 race appearances.

Len BAKER

Eric Hurley and Steaming's memorable victory:

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