Day At The Track

Wednesday's Charlton and Geelong reviews

01:22 PM 29 May 2013 NZST
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The mandatory two harness racing meetings were held in Victoria on Wednesday May 29, with Charlton in Central Victoria racing during the afternoon and Geelong holding the night time fixture.

Listed are some of the highlights :

At Charlton, Junortoun owner/trainer Gary Donaldson’s 8-Y-0 Christian Cullen/Sister Soky gelding Christian World blitzed his rivals in the DJA DJA Warrung Cup for C4 & C5 class over 2100 metres.

In what was the “drive of the day” by Ararat’s Michael Bellman, Christian World was eased from gare six at the start as Reefs Achievement (gate two), The Noble Steed (gate three) and Salem (gate four) all began with a rush, with Reefs Achievement keeping the lead.

When the leader was eased to take a breather in the back straight on the first occasion, Bellman let rip with Christian World to stride clear and allowed to bowl, returned a brilliant mile rate of 1-56.9 in defeating Salem which moved to face the breeze at the bell, with Superstar Express (three back the markers at bell) third.

It was Christian World’s 8th victory in 68 outings.

Rochester owners Mark and Sue Thompson were successful with ever reliable Falcon Seelster/Karamea Toastime 3-Y-0 gelding Timeseel in the Dunlop Super Dealer Pace for C0 class over 2100 metres.

Trained by Mark and handled to perfection by stable reinsperson Ellen Tormey, Timeseel (gate four) led for the majority of the journey after crossing the leader Extra shortly after the start.

Pas Mate (one/two – three wide last lap) ran home nicely for second, with Extra holding down third in a mile rate of 2-01.6.

Junortoun’s Bruce Morgan combined with John Caldow to land the Trots Card Pace for C1 class over 1609 metres with 4-Y-0 Life Sign/Mother Courage mare Ruby Slippers in a rate of 1-58.4.

Beginning fast from gate four to lead, Ruby Slippers had the race in her keeping a long way from home, coasting to the wire 10.8 metres in advance of Stuck Up along the sprint lane from three back the markers, with Cityscape third after trailing the winner.

Ararat trainer/driver Michael Bellman has enjoyed a marvellous season – without doubt his best ever, and added another winner to his tally when 5-Y-0 Exotic Earl/Classic Flirt gelding Ourcrowninn returned a scintillating best ever mile rate of 1-55.1 in taking out the John Charles Pace for C2 & C3 class over 1609 metres.

Safely retaining the front running from the pole, Ourcrowninn was pressured from the bell by Peter Manning’s Ben Cartwright, before fending off all challengers to gain the day by a head over Bettor Move which followed him all of the way from an inside second line draw, with Ben Cartwright a further 13.7 metres away in third place.

A model of consistency, Ourcrowninn has fronted the starter 41 times for 8 wins.

Peter Manning didn’t go home empty handed from Charlton, as Union Guy/Hot Reaction gelding Boyz Torque snared the Henry Harmony Nelson 3-Y-0 Pace over 2100 metres with daughter Kerryn in the sulky.

Enjoying a sweet trip from gate six trailing the leader Same Old Day (gate five) after coming out on terms, Boyz Torque made full use of the sprint lane to score by 3 metres in advance of Same Old Day (Michael Bellman) which gave a sight, with the hot favourite In Sin City three metres away in third place after moving to face the open at the bell.

At Geelong on Wednesday, Sedgwick breeder/owner/trainer Shane Hall’s honest Yankee Spider/Hilltown Ashley gelding Hilltown Yankee registered his 5th success (first for the season), when successful in the Faggs Mitre 10 3-Y-0 Trotters Handicap over 2100 metres.

Coming off a third at Bendigo five days earlier, Hilltown Yankee driven by Daryl Douglas stepped cleanly from barrier four to lead throughout, defeating Invasive (three wide last lap) which moved outside him on the final bend, going down by a nose in a tricky finish, with William John an eye catching third on debut after moving to face the breeze approaching the bell. The mile rate a comfortable 2-07.5.

Champion reinsman Gavin Lang enjoyed a “night of night’s” at Geelong chalking up a quartet of winners.

First to arrive was talented 4-Y-0 Conch Deville/Glamor Lough mare Gatesys Girl for Longwarry trainer Mick Hughes in the Tabsportsbet Trotters Mobile for T1 & T2 class over 2100 metres.

Starting from the extreme draw, Gatesys Girl was off and running as soon as the start was effected to take over from Drop Us A Line entering the front straight on the first occasion.

Driven with a great deal of confidence, Gatesys Girl defied all challengers on straightening to score from Drop Us A Line and Mister Elwood (three wide last lap from mid-field) in a rate of 2-03.1.

Next to come along was Anakie trainer Tim Bolitho’s Mach Three/Dreaming Spires gelding Our Summer Wind in the APG 3-Y-0 Pace over 1609 metres in a rate of 1-57.8.

Settling mid-field from gate two on the second line, Our Summer Wind ran home strongly three wide in the final circuit to gain the day over the hot favourite Vanderlay which didn’t score up giving away a tidy start before following the winner home, with Lightning Shark third after assuming control at the bell.

Legs three and four came from the Adam Kelly (Coimadai) stable who train in conjunction with Lang.

The first being 3-Y-0 Live Or Die/Rapparee gelding Doomed in the Prestige Jayco Pace for C0 class over 2100 metres.

Not pushed to lead from the pole, Doomed coasted to the wire in advance of a death-seating Guggenheim and Kazaree off a three wide trail last lap in a mile rate of 1-59.9.

Heavily supported 3-Y-0 Badlands Hanover/Coringa Ruby gelding Rubys Bad Boy was tough in his Next Racemeet 20th June Pacers Handicap for C1 or better class over 2100 metre victory.

Not flash away from barrier two, Rubys Bad Boy settled a fair way off the leader Claire Jasper which had taken over from Interrogator shortly after the start.

oving to race in the open approaching the bell, Rubys Bad Boy showed plenty of heart over the concluding stages to wear down the pacemaker who wouldn’t give in without a fight, the margin 1.6 metres in a mile rate of 2-03.1. Goodsie (one/one at bell) finished third after easing three wide on the home turn.

Geelong was dominated by the Melton area, with Lance Justice taking the Vinmar Homes Pace for C1 class over 2100 metres with The Binder and Andy Gath the Next Trials 24th June Pace for C4 & C5 class over 1609 metres with Echeveria.

Eight year old Bookmaker/Maid Of Honor gelding The Binder led throughout from gate four to upstage his more fancied rivals in accounting for Hexam Heartbeat which raced in the open from the bell and Brite Spark Lombo (three wide last lap) in a rate of 1-59.

Ultra consistent Ponder/Andrels Love 3-Y-0 colt Echeveria chalked up his 10th success in 26 outings.

Driven by Kate Gath, Echeveria (gate two) crossed the polemarker Born Again Sassy on the first turn and was never headed, defeating Born Again Sassy and a death-seating Jilliby Daphne in a mile rate of 1-55.6.

by Len BAKER

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