Day At The Track

Metrofromelle scores solid victory at Stawell

01:20 AM 21 Nov 2013 NZDT
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Metrofromelle
The syndicate, consisting of Coughlin Park lawn bowlers, West Side Horsham regulars and their family/friends; includes Dennis Wade, Ian Ryan, Titch Thompson, Howard Schier, Athol Cowan, Neville Marra, Col Henry, Vin Mellington, Kevin Cramer, John Robertso
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At long last it was “cheers‘nbeers” time for the members of the Orange & Green syndicate when their 5yo mare Metrofromelle scored a solid victory at Stawell on Monday afternoon, in the Stanley Anyon Memorial C1 Pace Final. 

It’s been a long time waiting for many members of the syndicate which last tasted success with Slammin Stan at Maryborough, way back in December 2007.

Sam ran a few minor placings after that then headed off to SA but in the years since, the owners had had their patience severely tested, trying out a number of (sorry, too slow) horses with trainer Ashleigh Herbertson.

A couple of months ago, the Herbertson team suggested the syndicate take on a going horse that was showing consistent form out on the racetrack.

So at the end of September, Metrofromelle remained in her Burrumbeet stable but became the new hope of the Orange & Green after being purchased from her breeders, Equine Body Therapy Pty. Ltd.

From 7 starts since, the black daughter of Metropolitan and Elleovalooka has continued her honest efforts with a victory, 3 seconds and a fourth and hopefully, plenty more fun to come.

And just for the record, the syndicate, consisting of Coughlin Park lawn bowlers, West Side Horsham regulars and their family/friends; includes Dennis Wade, Ian Ryan, Titch Thompson, Howard Schier, Athol Cowan, Neville Marra, Col Henry, Vin Mellington, Kevin Cramer, John Robertson, Tim Nihill, Craig Decker, Pat Hennessy, Wally Besselaar, Jarrod Logan, Luke Besselaar, Ken Schurmann, Tony Logan and manager, Arch Besselaar.

With Terang reinsman Glen Craven taking the reins, Metrofromelle began smartly from gate 4 and raced kindly outside the leader Beau Ciel throughout, but still proved too strong over the final stages.

The mare finished 3 metre clear of Venus Williams (Greg Sugars) with Beau Ciel (Emma Hamblin) battling on for third in a rate of 1:57.8 for the 1780 metre trip.

Monday’s event honoured the memory of the late Stan Anyon, who was a both a quiet achiever and true legend of the Stawell Harness Racing Club.

The former trainer, driver & farrier was instrumental in the formation of the Club in 1956 and gave more than 50 years of outstanding service as a committee member, volunteer & track curator, before his passing in 2009.

All going well, Metrofromelle will return to Laidlaw Park for the twilight, Stawell Cups fixture, on Sunday December 1st to contest a heat of Vicbred Platinum Mares Championship.

TONY LOGAN

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