Day At The Track

Yarra Valley Pacing Cup highlights race-card

01:00 PM 02 Dec 2011 NZDT
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Master horseman Chris Alford
Master horseman Chris Alford

It was Yarra Valley Pacing Cup Day on Friday December 2, featuring the $25,000 SEW-Eurodrive Yarra Valley Pacing Cup for M0 or better class (Discretionary Handicapped) over 2650 metres, supplemented by the $15,000 De Bortoli Yarra Valley Trotters Cup for TMO or better class (D-H) over the same harness racing journey.

Maryborough Gold Cup winner Glenferrie Alexis brought up the big double when victorious in the Yarra Valley Pacing Cup.

Co-trained at Parwan by the combination of Craig Demmler and Jodi Quinlan, with Jodi the driver, Glenferrie Alexis stepped slowly from the 10 metre mark to possie near last with only the 20 metre backmarker Karlsruhe behind her. Pocket Boy was best to begin from barrier six for Lisa Miles, with the old timer Bold Cruiser immediately outside him being trailed by Composed and the pole marker Life Inthefastlane following the leader. Captain Joy which was slowly away from outside the front line, was sent forward once balanced by Greg Sugars to race in the breeze.

Once the field settled, Chris Alford was off and running with Composed to park in the open giving Captain Joy the trail he was looking for.

With no changes pending until the bell, Lets Slash An Burn was first to ease three wide, with Glenferrie Alexis latching straight on his back for a lovely ride home and Vito Vito joining the three wide train after galloping away.

Still in front on turning, Pocked Boy was challenged from all directions, with Glenferrie Alexis putting in her claim four wide.

Finishing full of running, Glenferrie Alexis raced to the front over the concluding stages to score a decisive victory in a slick rate of 2-00 even (last half 57.2 – quarter 28.4) over Captain Joy which was held up at a vital stage, with Pocket Boy battling away to finish a respectable third a further metre back.

Raced by Peter Chambers, Glenferrie Alexis bred by Queensland developer Greg Brodie who enjoyed so much success with her sire, is a 6-Y-0 mare by Courage Under Fire from Alegria.

In winning, Glenferrie Alexis chalked up her 18th victory from 55 race appearances.

The Trotters Cup went the way of 8-Y-0 Safely Kept/Half A Sixpence gelding Save A Sixpence who registered his first success since September 2010. Trained at Melton by veteran Graeme Lang and driven a treat by son Gavin, Save A Sixpence handicapped to win after being given a lenient mark, began swiftly from 10 metres to settle three back in the moving line, with the pole line favourite Eisenhower moving off the back of the brilliant beginner No Early Spark to lead shortly after the start.

Making a lightning move racing into the back straight after completing a lap, Save A Sixpence had too much speed for Eisenhower and crossed to assume the front running role.

Allowed to bowl without any challengers, Save A Sixpence was travelling nicely on the final bend, with Retained shadowing him and Motu Young Jacob outside the pair after easing three wide racing for the bell.

Kicking clear on turning, Save A Sixpence was challenged by Eisenhower along the sprint lane only to go off stride shortly after, allowing Save A Sixpence to gain the day by 4.1 metres in advance of No Early Spark along the sprint lane from three back the markers, with the roughie Groovy Bromac (four back the markers) weaving a passage in-between runners to claim third from Motu Young Jacob in a tricky photo.

Returning a mile rate of 2-04.6 (last half 58.6 – quarter 29.3), Save A Sixpence raced by staunch stable supporter Jerry Glavas recorded his 20th victory in 64 outings which include 22 placings.

By Len BAKER

Glenferrie Alexis winning the 2011 Yarra Valley Pacing Cup:

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