Wednesday's Horsham harness fixture was big for the Western District part of the state, with six of the eight winners coming from the area. Stawell trainer Ray Harvey combined with Ararat based Michael Bellman to land the Wonwondah (1962 Victoria Trotters Derby) Memorial Trotters Mobile for T0 & T1 class over 2200 metres with Baltimore Boy, a 4-Y-0 gelded son of Conch Deville and Theresa Rose who registered his first success in 16 outings.
Enjoying a sweet trip from the pole three back along the markers, Baltimore Boy when extricated into the clear on the point of the turn, finished determinedly in accounting for Flaming Action which led and Ships Choice which trailed him in a 2-06.6 rate.
Terang's Robert Arundell made it two from two with the promising/Somewherein Africa 4-Y-0 gelding Vansumic by taking out the $5500 Hamilton/Horsham Maiden Challenge Final for Co class over 2200 metres in a rate of
Trained and driven by Rob, Vansumic settled mid-field in the moving line despite a severe check on the first turn, before trailing three wide in the final circuit.
Asked to run on straightening, Vansumic finished with a wet sail in defeating Flying Jasper from well back and Sting Lika Bull which led. The mile rate 2-04.
Haven trainer Justin Lane's ultra consistent 4-Y-0/Muckinbar Miss gelding National Service chalked up his 6th success (all this season) with a sterling performance to land the Max Wright Car Sales Pace for C4 to C6 class over 2200 metres and in doing so, gave Mick Bellman a driving double.
Settling near last from the extreme draw, National Service received a lovely trail home on the heavily supported favourite Hez The Bart Man in the last lap and when taken wide on straightening, ran home stylishly to record a runaway victory over a game Samara Knight which raced in the open and dashing clear on turning, with Hez The Bart Man a disappointing third in a slashing rate of 2-00.8.
Four year old/Greek Bonus mare Miss Athens has done a fine job this season for Great Western trainer Warren Bird and was a tough victor of the Mountain View Stud Pace for C1 class over 1700 metres.
With Greg Sugars handling the reins, Miss Athens was trapped three wide from gate three, before parking outside the poleline pacemaker My Exaltation.
Always travelling under a tight rein, Miss Athens coasted to the wire in advance of Boomshakalaka (one/one - three wide last lap) and Ruffiano in a 2-01 rate.
Another Great Western winner to salute the judge was/Maconnie 4-Y-0 gelding Thiefinthenight for Kerryn Manning and partner Grant Campbell in the Exchange Hotel Pace for C2 & C3 class over 2200 metres.
First up since January, Thiefinthenight starting from gate three on the second line made an early move to park outside the leader Cullys Extreme, before easing to take a trail on Kevin Brough's Ronal Lad, then receiving the run of the race.
When Ronal Lad went for home on turning, Thiefinthenight was in hot pursuit and finished best to score in a 2-01.2 rate from Pickles Please which followed the winner home, with Ronal lad third.
Armstrong trainer Brooke Hansen has enjoyed her best season ever and snared the Wimmera Mail Times 3-Y-0 Pace over 2200 metres with/Any Danger gelding Arber in a 2-02.2 rate.
Driven by Melton based Rodney Petroff, Arber was used up early circling the field from the extreme draw to assume control from Magical Bazz.
Although tackled by Spiral Jet (one/one) on straightening, Arber proved too strong at the finish for him, with Western Thunder third.
More heats of Breeders Crown 2010 (3-Y-0 Fillies over 2150 metres) were held at a very wet Bendigo on Wednesday evening with the winners being - Loving Life Lombo (Keith Cotchin - Jodi Quinlan), Revivalist (Rob O'Connell - Scott Dyer), Glenferrie Inn (Craig Demmler) and Miss Trickin Lombo (Jayne Davies - Chris Alford).