Veteran Sunbury reinsman Peter Wells was in the winners stall at the harness racing fixture conducted at Bray Raceway Ballarat on Tuesday November 17, when Sundon/Belle Kiri filly Donkiri scored in the Crosier Glass 3-Y-0 Trotters Handicap over 2200 metres.
Having her first outing since August, Donkiri trained at Diggers Rest by Carlo Corso enjoyed a lovely trip from the pole on the back of the first starterOf Charity (barrier three), moving to be one/one in the last lap trailing the second elect Rheola Gold.
Shifting ground rather sharply approaching the final bend to make the turn three wide, Donkiri ($2.30) put the race beyond doubt on straightening to register an untouched victory over Rheola Gold ($4.40) in a rate of 2-10.8, withOf Charity ($11.30) an encouraging third.
Peter Wells is a former Kiwi who came to Australia a number of decades back and at one stage handled the smart New Zealander Waitaki Hanover during a Victorian campaign.
Quaddie punters at Ballarat were put out of business early when $20.60 chance Devilsliveinside greeted the judge in the first leg - the Dunns Transport Pace for C2 class over 1710 metres in a rate of 1-58.2.
Raced and trained by Terang's Darren Cole, Devilsliveinside taking a concession for neighbour Nicholas Lenehan was given the run of the race from a solo second line draw trailing the red-hot favourite Mapua Legend which led from the pole.
Easing away from the markers on the home turn, Devilslifeinside gunned down the pacemaker in the shadows of the post to score by a head on the wire, with Lifes Destiny (three back the markers) third.
A 7-Y-0 gelded son ofand The Devil Inside, Devilsliveinside has fronted the starter on 53 occasions for 6 wins and 19 placings.
Bulla hobby trainer Kerry O'Riley is having lots of fun with 4-Y-0/Desired mare Hermione who chalked up her 4th success in 10 outings when successful in the Bruty Construction Pace for C1 class (mares) over 2200 metres.
With Chris Alford holding the reins, Hermoine(third up since May), led throughout from gate three in accounting for Athena Bromac which trailed from the pole, with the heavily supported Acaptivatingeagle (one/one - three wide home turn) third. The mile rate 2-03.9.
Alford was to bring up a double when beautifully bred in-form 6-Y-0/Talk To Me stallion Crusaders Castle from the all green team of Jayne Davies and Noel Alexander, made a one act affair of the fast class event of the evening - the Fletcher Development Services Pace for C6 to C8 class over 2200 metres in a comfortable rate of 2-00.9.
Starting from gate three, Crusaders Castle had little difficulty in crossing the polemarker Francois running into the first turn and once at the head of affairs, cruised to victory in advance of Wideford Hill which switched to the inside on straightening from three back in the moving line, with Stephs Caesar (one/one) promoted to third after Francois was disqualified for excessive galloping.
Bendigonian Bill White has 4-Y-0/Maori Joy gelding Brevillian airborne at present and chalked up his 6th success (3 this season) from 25 outings when victorious in the Gold Bus Trotters Mobile for T1 & T2 class over 2200 metres.
Driven as usual by son Ian, Brevillian from gate two on the second row was given an easy time mid-field in the moving line and when asked for an effort in the last lap, sprinted like a gazelle to surge clear on the home turn, racing away in the straight to score by six metres over Our Aythreeeighty from miles back, with Kan Yu (one/one) third in a rate of 2-04.5.
Terang's Marg Lee and nephew Glen Craven combined to land the Toshiba Pace for C3 & C4 class over 2200 metres with rank outsider Jilliby Jamila ($26.10).
Leading out from the pole, Craven eased to take a trail on track specialist Evil Trickster which was going for three wins in a row at the venue, with Jilliby Jamila enjoying a cosy trip.
Exticated away from the inside on the home turn to be three wide on straightening, Jilliby Jamila finished hard to draw clear over the concluding stages from Franco Newsman out wide from well back after following the third placegetter Gentle Force home.
The mile rate 2-01.3.