Day At The Track

A variety of winners over weekend at Corbiewood

03:26 AM 06 Jul 2016 NZST
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Starzpan and driver Stuart Mackenzie, winner of the high grade pace over Jenna's Gold
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Vyrnwy Smoke and driver Lauren Moran, were the fastest winner of the night
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There were winners for six different drivers with runners from six different stables at Corbiewood on Thursday 30th June on an evening which saw some unfamiliar names taking the driving honours.

Last week's Musselburgh form was evident as horses who ran well to be placed over the extended distance on the turf returned to the three eighths dirt track to victory.

The first race saw San Diego (Brian Gilvear) lead out from the gate and make all. This four-year-old daughter of Pro Bono Best was campaigned at the highest level at 2 and 3, and showed up well at Musselburgh last week before fading late over the longer trip.

Coming back to the standard mile suited the filly, who took her lifetime mark of 2.05.94. The two-year-old colt, Tyrion Hanover (Richard Haythornthwaite) endured a rough passage on his racing debut but stayed on well to show massive potential for the forthcoming juvenile races when finishing second. Done Like A Pro (William Greenhorn) was hampered at a vital stage of the race but recovered well for third.

Race 1

1st San Diego (Pro Bono Best-San Carra) - B Gilvear

2nd Tyrion Hanover (Somebeachsomewhere-Tiz A Dream) - R Haythornthwaite

3rd Done Like A Pro (Pro Bono Best-Done N Dusted) - W Greenhorn

6 Ran Time: 2.05.94 Dist.: 1/2L & 1/2L

In the second event, Killarney Howard (Hugh O'Neil Jr Jr) led out, closely pursued by Western Lover (William Greenhorn). Western Lover, a heat winner at Hellifield two weeks ago and runner up in the five-furlong sprint at Musselburgh, tracked the early leader until the three quarters, when Greenhorn tipped out and took up the running with ease.

As the winner coasted home, there was a tussle for the minor placings, with Ayr Escape (Gordon Gilvear) and Anniejoan (Brian Gilvear) passing the early leader close home to take second and third respectively.

Race 2

1st Western Lover (Can U Hear Me - Western Lovely) - W Greenhorn

2nd Ayr Escape (Artiscape-Unforgotten) - G Gilvear

3rd Anniejoan (Genghis Pan-Bigreddog) - B Gilvear

6 Ran Time: 2.06.18 Dist.: 4L & 2L

Race three saw seven horses go to post, and it was Cassius Clay (William Smart), a runner up in a maiden event at Musselburgh last week, who took up the running in the first quarter. The injection of early speed saw the field strung out, with Rhyds Voodoo (Richard Haythornthwaite) and Ayr Jubilee (William Greenhorn) the only substantial threat to the leader.

The long-time leader came home a comfortable winner, with the two-year-old filly Rhyds Voodoo putting in a good run to finish second and seeing off close challenger Ayr Jubilee who finished third on her seasonal debut. This was the first winning drive for owner and trainer William Smart for 16 years, after a lengthy sabbatical from driving.

Race 3

1st Cassius Clay (Hasty Hall-Mattys Romance) - W Smart

2nd Rhyds Voodoo (The One Night Pan-Coalford Magic) - R Haythornthwaite

3rd Ayr Jubilee (Daylon Alert-Ayr Wing) - W Greenhorn

7 Ran Time: 2.07.77 Dist.: 1 1/2L & 6L

There was a three-way speed battle in the fourth, with Miami Seelster (Ross Leary), Caraghs Hall (Hugh O'Neil Jr Jr) and Springhill Dustin (William Greenhorn) all vying for the lead. There was no let-up in the pace as they raced three abreast until just before the half when Caraghs Hall got the better of the other two to take up the running.

Vyrnwy Smoke, in the hands of young lady driver Lauren Moran, had been covered up throughout and upon seeing daylight showed a great turn of foot to accelerate from fifth position past the field to streak clear, coming home a very easy winner. Eastern Terror (Leo Arnett) and Kasbest (Mick Grealis) had raced midfield throughout and stayed on past the early leaders to pick up the minor honours.

Race 4

1st Vyrnwy Smoke (Backnthesaddleapan-Vyrnwy Victory) - L Moran

2nd Eastern Terrer (Hasty Hall-Cherchez La Femme) - L Arnett

3rd Kasbest (J Ws Best-Beentheredunthat) - M Grealis

7 Ran Time: 2.04.56 Dist.: 8L & 2L

Corbiewood-regular Bayrigg Tonto (Dougie Mckenzie) led out in the penultimate race, with betting favourite Kikis Virtue (Stuart Mackenzie) left parked and Camden Vito (Robert White) getting the pocket trip. There was no change in the order as the race developed, and at the business end of the race Kikis Virtue began to feel the effect of her two-wide trip, Camden Vito became desperate for racing room.

Dougie Mckenzie illustrated his vast experience on the Corbiewood circuit and deployed clever tactics to keep his main challenger locked in the pocket as they rolled off the final bend; when the gap finally appeared on the home straight for Camden Vito, the long-time leader had enough in the tank to claim victory.

Race 5

1st Bayrigg Tonto (Genghis Pan-Daurus Day) - D Mckenzie

2nd Camden Vito (Yankee Lariat-Seven Seas) - R White

3rd Kikis Virtue (Scarlet And Gold-Coalford Virtue) - S Mackenzie

6 Ran Time: 2.07.37 Dist.: 2L & 2L

The final race of the night was the high grade pace which due to the range in handicap marks saw the field spread with the backmarkers going off a 30-yard trail. Starzapan (Stuart Mackenzie) and Mega Star (Richard Haythornthwaite) battled for the early lead, with the former coming out on top.

The field raced in Indian file until the bell, when Jennas Gold (Scott Murray) tipped out to challenge. Heading down the back straight for the final time, the leader looked to have the race sewn up, however Jennas Gold dug deep to maintain a strong challenge which forced Mackenzie to pull out all the stops on the mare, who had finished second in a heat of the Red John Memorial Hurricane Pace the previous week. Mega Star, who was handy throughout, stayed on well for third.

Race 6

1st Starzapan (Genghis Pan-Starry Nite) - S Mazkenzie

2nd Jennas Gold (Allamerican Ingot-Jennas Desire) - S Murray

3rd Mega Star (Genghis Pan-Party West) - R Haythornthwaite

6 Ran Time: 2.05.18 Dist.: 1L & 2L

The next race meeting at Corbiewood is Friday 8th July, first race 7.30pm. The feature event will be the Ladbrokes/Diamond Creek Farm Vincent Delaney Memorial Prep Race for two year olds paid in to the main event in August at Portmarnock.

by Sarah Thomas for Harnesslink




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