Day At The Track

Wednesday was a double day in Victoria

01:19 AM 28 Jun 2012 NZST
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Geoff Webster
Geoff Webster
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Two mandatory harness racing meetings were held in provincial Victoria on Wednesday June 27, Maryborough in Central Victoria conducting the day fixture and Terang in the Western District racing at night.

Doreen duo Rebecca Cartwright (owner/trainer) and Craig Turnbull (driver) were successful with Modern Art/Miss Superb filly Pressplay in the Seelite Windows & Doors 2-Y-0 Pace over 1690 metres at Maryborough.

Starting from the extreme draw, Pressplay spent most of the race at the rear of the field, with Bruce Morgan’s Majestic Swn leading from gate two.

Following both Thankbonnie and East West Star three wide in the last lap, Pressplay despite being right off the track on straightening, motored home at a great rate to defeat the pacemaker in 1-59.5, with Bettor Charm third after racing in the open from the bell.

Astute Bannockburn trainer Geoff Webster snared the Happy 95th Meg Wayth 3-Y-0 Pace over 2190 metres with headstrong Real Desire/Classic Cathy gelding Real Hammer in a rate of 1-58.6.

Exploding away from gate five, Greg Sugars soon had Real Hammer bowling along at the head of affairs and after being allowed to run his own race, cruised to the wire 14 metres in advance of Out Of Morals which trailed, sticking to his task well on turning, with Tara Tom coming from near last at the bell to finish third.

Shelbourne (Marong) husband and wife Michelle and Dale Eastman chalked up another victory at Maryborough with 4-Y-0 Sundon/Insulated mare Aleppo Midas, taking the 18 Days To Redwood Trotters Handicap for T2 or better class over the short trip of 2190 metres.

Stepping slowly but safely from 10 metres, Dale Eastman allowed Aleppo Midas plenty of time to find her feet, settling at the tail of the field with the exception of Siegfried which galloped shortly after the start and Salutetocabby who were both tailed off.

Easing three wide at the bell, Aleppo Midas charged around the field to park outside the pacemaker Knapdale Girl which had assumed control from Orlandos Dream approaching the bell.

Surging clear in the final circuit, Aleppo Midas gave a brilliant display to score by 12.8 metres in 2-02.9 from Orlandos Dream which came again on turning, with Sir Pegasus third after a cosy trip along the markers.

The dominant Ballarat stable of Emma Stewart landed the TAB Daily Double, with Win The Crowd (P Forty Seven/Perfect Woman) taking the first leg – the Darryl Wagstaff Funerals Pace for C1 class over 2190 metres in 2-00.2 and Johnny Quid (Modern Art/Clarenden Dreamer) the second – the Ian McCallum Pace for C2 class over 1690 metres in 1-57.7. Both driven by Chris Alford.

Chris Alford as part of “a long day at the office” made the journey to Terang a profitable one, as he scored with honest 5-Y-0 Courage Under Fire/Young Jiggs mare No Tar in the Pace for C4 & C5 class over 2180 metres.

Trained and driven by Chris, No Tar was given the run of the race from the pole trailing the pacemaker Narra Operative (gate three), before using the sprint lane to gain the day in advance of a death-seating Wheatsheaf Avaball and Remember Jasper (one/one) in a rate of 2-02.7.

Former South Australian 6-Y-0 Dream Vacation/Mountain Track gelding Jarvsofaks a recent addition to Kerryn Manning’s Great Western barn, made it two from two since joining the stable when an impressive winner of the Bob & Pat Conroy Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2180 metres.

Coming from a 30 metre backmark, Jarvsofaks was soon travelling three back in the moving line, with the local hope Lovable Nick leading from the 10 metre mark.

Becoming momentarily pocketed in the final circuit when Atego Lilly moved forward three wide, Jarvsofaks was eased three wide approaching the home turn and when taken to the extreme outside on straightening, ran home strongly to record a runaway 1.5 metre victory in 2-05.8 over Tawonga South along the sprint lane after trailing Lovable Nick into the straight, with Lovable Nick holding down third.

Stawell trainer Owen Martin and son-in-law reinsman Michael Sullivan captured the Blarney Bakehouse Pace for C2 & C3 class over 1680 metres at Terang with 5-Y-0 Lake Hills Jeb/Wrap Around gelding Hellovanite, registering his first success since October last year.

Taking a concession, Hellovanite from inside the second line enjoyed a cosy passage trailing the poleline pacemaker The Avoca Flyer, before using the sprint lane to perfection in defeating Djibouti (five wide home turn from last) in a rate of 1-58.3, with a death-seating Hei Ma Diamond battling the race out strongly to finish third.

by Len BAKER


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