Day At The Track

Victoria Pass three wins on the bounce

08:51 PM 14 Nov 2020 NZDT
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Victoria Pass, Harness racing
Victoria Pass

The Zeke Slater trained Victoria Pass completed a winning hat-trick in Hobart on Friday night when scoring in a rating 57 to 67 event.

After leading the three-wide line for the final 1000 metres, the gelded son of Passmaster Hanover ran away for a 9.6-metre win in a mile rate 2m 0.0s for the 2090 metres.

It was the pacers 11th career win at his 129th start.

“He has obviously been around a while, but I always have had a nice enough opinion since I have had him,” said trainer Zeke Slater after the win.

“His last three wins he has been well graded, but he had been racing well at this grade in the past he just slipped down the ratings a bit last preparation,” added the trainer.

The pacer was driven by Sam Gangell with connections electing to use her concession claim.

“He is no star but he is racing well and he can stick a bit, the quicker they go the better it is for him,

The pacer is raced by a host of interstate owners including Queensland race caller Jarrod Wessel and former Alice Springs race caller, now Trackside TV presenter in New Zealand Pat Comerford.

Slater indicated he would continue to look for suitable races in the future for the gelding.

After many good performances in recent weeks, the Ben Yole-trained Jakes A Joy bounced back into the winner’s list with a decisive win in a rating 50 to 56 event.

Ben’s brother Mark took the reins on the gelding who enjoyed a lovely run just off the speed before being too good late, with Ben putting the polish on the first four place getters.

It was the first leg of a driving double for Mark who partnered Armchair Drive, who gave Yole precisely that in the trotter’s event.

Reinsman Ricky Duggan also had a night out with a treble, winning on Tracer Bullet, North Star Lad and Helikaon.

After two recent placings, Murry was able to bounce back into the winner’s list after working forward to find the lead in a slowly run affair of 2m 5.2s.

Wandary Muscat was well driven by Todd Rattray to win a rating 30 to 49 event on the eight-race card.


Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

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