Day At The Track

Western District Terang racing at its best

03:22 PM 30 Jan 2013 NZDT
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It was a huge night for the Western District at Terang on Wednesday January 30, with no less than seven of the eight harness racing winners coming from the area.

Heywood's Kevin Brough took the honours with a stable double courtesy of a pair of four year olds - Armbro Operative/Ladys Kiwi gelding Amberlu Angus in the Terang CRT Store Pace for C0 class over 1680 metres and Life Sign/Nadia Lombo mare Signs And Wonders in the Warehouse Sales Dalvui Dominator (1st Heat) for C1 class over the same distance.

Amberlu Angus (Glen Craven) led throughout from gate three in accounting for In The Frame Lombo which parked outside him and Big Mumma Fitz (four wide home turn from three back in the running line). The mile rate 1-59.1.

Signs And Wonders victory was outstanding after being trapped wide from the outset from outside the front row before moving to shadow the leader The Devils Queen at the bell.

Even though she had covered plenty of extra ground, reinsman Matty Craven wasn't perturbed, with Signs And Wonders kicking clear on the home turn to score by 7.8 metres in 1-56.6 from Flaxton Filly along the sprint lane from three back the markers at the bell. The red-hot favourite Western Rockstar came from last to finish third without ever looking a chance.

Armstrong trainer Brooke Hansen has 6-Y-0 Elsu/Pumpkin gelding Confused Superstar racing in peak form at present, being a tough winner of the Barastoc Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2180 metres.

With Greg Sugars in the sulky, Confused Superstar settled three back in the moving line from a 30 metre handicap, before going forward to sit outside the leader Lovable Nick mid-race.

Always travelling kindly, Confused Superstar gave his rivals the slip on the home turn, scoring by 7.4 metres over Sienna Sun (one/one) and Heza Maori which used the sprint lane after trailing the weakening pacemaker. The mile rate 2-04.6.

Local Terang trainer Marg Lee and reinsman son Jason were successful with smart home bred Riverboat King/Alimar Star 4-Y-0 gelding Keayang Steamer in the Neville & Patsy Clarke Memorial Pace for C2 & C3 class over 2180 metres.

Taking a concession, Keayang Steamer starting from gate three on the second line spent most of the race trailing Village Peach in the three wide line, before letting rip four wide on the final bend.

Finishing strongly, Keayang Steamer proved too strong for a death-seating Weallwantano which would have given Kevin Brough a treble, the margin being 1.6 metres, with Keeper Of The Fire third after leading.

Great Western's Grant Campbell snared the Gammalite Cup for C6 or better class over 2180 metres with 7-Y-0 Legacy Of Power/Muckinbar Miss gelding National Service in a rate of 1-57.

Taken off the gate from barrier four, National Service possied five back along the markers in a strung out field, with the in-form Whata Punt (Matt Craven) running along at the head of affairs from the pole.

Although four wide on the home turn, National Service ran home stylishly to gain the day in advance of Keayang Rustler which raced in the open for the last lap after being three back along the markers, with Captian Cullen rushing home late from last to finish third.

Hamilton trainer Shannon Edwards combined with Matt Craven to land the Reichas Stores Terang & Cobden Pace for C0 class over 1680 metres with beautifully bred 4-Y-0 Art Major/Frosty Mattina entire Amajorfrost.

Trapped three wide out of gate five, Craven pressed forward to lead and Amajorfrost was never headed, winning easily by 11.2 metres from Strong As Arma along the sprint lane from four back the markers, with Smokin Fields coming from last to finish third. The mile rate 1-57.6.

It was Amajorfrost's first success in seven race appearances.

Peter Manning's in-form Metropolitan/Annettes Fetish gelding Ben Carwright chalked up his 4th victory in 16 outings when successful in the D & M Heffernan Memorial 3-Y-0 Pace over 2180 metres.

Driven by daughter Kerryn, Ben Cartwright from the extreme draw settled near last before making a forward move three wide solo racing for the bell.

Sustaining a long run, Ben Cartwright proved too strong at the business end of proceedings for a death-seating Keayang Left Hook in a rate of 2-00.2, with Sotiris third after following the winner home.

*** A huge night of racing will be held at Terang on Saturday February 9, when the club stage their annual cup meeting - the Terang Co-Op Pacing Cup (M0 or better) over 2680 metres worth $25,000.

Amberlu AngusĀ 

Signs And Wonders

Confused Superstar

Keayang Steamer

National Service

Amajorfrost

Ben Carwright

by Len BAKER

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