Day At The Track

Victorian racing held Hamilton, Wednesday

05:02 PM 03 Jul 2013 NZST
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Wednesday Victorian harness racing was held in the Western District at Hamilton where a neat seven event card took place.

As is usually the case, the meeting was dominated by the western part of the state with no less than five winners coming from Western Victoria and South-East South Australia.

Terang's Matty Craven brought up two wins in the space of four days with Life Sign/Warm Wishes gelding Faraway Man who had an easy victory in the Alexandra House 3-Y-0 Pace over 1660 metres.

Victorious at Bray Raceway Ballarat the previous Sunday, Faraway Man was trapped four wide from gate six as the mobile barrier pulled away, before being given his head to stride clear shortly after.

Always travelling beautifully, Faraway Man cruised to the wire 11.6 metres in advance of Welcome To Vegas which trailed after leading out from the pole, with Sophies Shark an eye catching third after moving from near last to face the breeze for the final circuit. The mile rate 1-58.

Veteran McKenzies Creek (Horsham) part-owner/trainer Ken Exell's bargain buy Allawart Ray/Allawart Liz 7-Y-0 gelding Allawart Ugo chalked up his 5th success in 42 outings when greeting the judge in the Southern Grampians Shire Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2150 metres.

Driven once again by Hamilton local Rod Barker, Allawart Ugo after starting from the 20 metre mark spent most of the race in the open, with the twelve year old Master Kiesey leading from 10 metres after the lone front marker Bloomfield Apollo missed away hopelessly.

Crossed by the favourite Lucky Twenty Three in the last lap who looked a certain winner approaching the home turn only to go off stride shortly after leaving Master Kiesey clear, Allawart Ugo rallied in the straight to blouse him by a head right on the wire in a rate of 2-05.1. Ships Spur finished third after being given every chance one/one.

Glencoe (Mt Gambier) trainer Barry Finnes and reinsman son Jayson scored a super victory with extremely talented 4-Y-0 Grinfromeartoear/Maybe The One gelding Cheesy Grin in the Melton Saddlery Vicbred Platinum Country Series A (2nd Heat) for C1 class over 1660 metres.

Settling five back in the moving line from gate four on the second line with the hot favourite Im Living The Dream leading from the pole, Cheesy Grin commenced a forward move three wide solo racing for the bell, sustaining a long run to draw away in the shadows of the post to register a 2.8 metre victory in a rate of 1-57 over Im Living The Dream and the former Broken Hill mare Beau Ciel.

With a record to date of six wins from nine outings, Cheesy Grin is a horse with a future.

Another Glencoe winner was in-form 4-Y-0 Life Sign/Velvetsledgehammer gelding Mayorofshinetown for Kevin Von Duve in the Mountain View Stud Pace for C0 class over 2160 metres, taking Ararat reinsman Michael Bellman very close to cracking 100 winners for the season.

Settling last from the extreme draw, Mayorofshinetown gained a lovely three wide trail home in the final circuit on the back of Cool Carat.

Taken four wide approaching the final bend, Mayorofshinetown raced away in the straight to score by 3 metres from a death-seating Garibaldi Union in a rate of 2-00.3, with border hopper Arr En Special third after leading.

Great Western trainer Peter Manning's 5-Y-0 Armbro Operative/Narra Skipper gelding Narra Operative was most impressive in winning the PFD Food Services Pace for C3 & C4 class over 2160 metres in a rate of 1-58.4 giving Matt Craven a driving double.

Buried three back along the markers from the pole after Run Ripalong which scorched away from outside the front line surrendered to Ourcrowninn, Narra Operative's task looked forlorn on straightening with the favourite Mister Livan parked in the open being trailed by Extricate.

Extricated into the clear three parts of the way up the running, Narra Operative sprouted wings to score a runaway 3.6 metres over Mister Livan and Ourcrowninn which was still in front as the winning post loomed.

Len Baker

Faraway Man

Allawart Ugo

Cheesy Grin


Narra Operative



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