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The trotter with the fragile feet and the driver with the dodgy back will hope this carnival delivers the most glorious peak of their seven-year injury riddled rollercoaster ride. Reinsman Neil McCallum returned to the sulky in August after a horror car crash sidelined him for four months, having suffered a broken vertebra and two broken bones. But he had to wait until late December to get his hands back on Savannah Jay Jay, the gifted trotter who he will partner in tonight’s Group 2 E B Cochran Trotters Cup. “He just had a few little problems with his feet,” McCallum said. “(Trainer) Stan (Cameron) looks to have got back on top of it. “It’s part and parcel of life, I’m not sure who’s been injured the most – me or Savannah Jay Jay – between us we’ve had a fair history. But we are back and having a crack. “It’s exciting. I’ve been racing him since day one, Stan drove him for his first trial and since then it’s been me, except for when I got injured. “He has always had that touch of something, that he’s a bit better than average, it has just taken a lot of races until it comes to fruition.” While McCallum was waylaid talented young reinsman James Herbertson steered Savannah Jay Jay to victory in the Australasian Trotting Championship, a first Group 1 for the now nine-year-old trotter. McCallum would love nothing more than to add a second this TAB Summer of Glory carnival, which takes in tonight’s trotters cup and builds to the What The Hill Great Southern Star on February 1, Australia’s richest trotting race. Savannah Jay Jay has the widest back row in tonight’s feature, having been out of the draw after breaking last start. It was his second since returning from a spell, with each run more eye-catching than the figure form may suggest. “He had a hiccup last week, it’s one out of the box for him,” McCallum said. “Stan’s had him reshod, he trialled on Sunday and trialled damn good. “We are up in grade now, you have to be damn good to have a shot. The whole field is a nice field, but that back line is pretty classy. He won’t be far away if they run it the way he wants.” And then all focus will turn to the February 1 Group 1 at Tabcorp Park Melton. “He’ll be even better after his run this week and by the Great Southern Star he’ll be knocking on the door,” McCallum said. “When you are doing this all your life, these are the races you want to be in, the big ones. The Great Southern Star is a great race and it brings the best horses.”   HRV Trots Media - Michael Howard

One of country Victoria's most experienced harness racing drivers Neil "Pecker" McCallum is up and about on the eve of his return to the track after an enforced layoff. McCallum, 55, is based at Lockwood, near Bendigo, and is booked to drive five horses at tomorrow night's big 12-event card at Mildura - his first race drives in more than four months after being sidelined with a broken back. The popular freelance reinsman, who has been race driving professionally for the past 27 years, was badly injured late in March after colliding with a kangaroo in his car on the way to the Maryborough Sunday morning trials. "I'm very much looking forward to getting back to the races, but I can't say the same about the 400 km drive up the highway to Mildura and back - I haven't missed that road trip!" he said. "I do realise now that I was a bit lucky - I've since been past the spot where it all happened. After I collected the 'roo, I went from one side of the road to the other. "It can be a busy spot because trucks use that route and if a truck had been there on that particular morning, I would have been a goner." Fortunately, McCallum's accident happened at 8 am on a Sunday, probably the quietest time of the week on that road. "But I guess overall I've been pretty fortunate. I worked out I've done 2.5 million kms over the years and that was my first accident." While McCallum considers himself lucky, he has had to call on his resilience and determination, along with the support of family and friends, to recover from his injuries. After complaining of severe back pain, doctors at a Melbourne hospital found he had broken his T12 vertebrae. An operation involved inserting two six-inch bolts and eight two-inch rods around the vertebrae to keep it in line. The next one and a half months saw numerous doctor appointments and lots of rest at home. "I've been seeing a physio two days a week since May 15, and then the last five or six weeks I've been doing walking-in-water exercises at a huge complex down the road at Kangaroo Flat," he said. "I can guarantee there'll be a few stops on the way up to Mildura and back because I'm going to need to get out and walk around a bit. "My wife Leanne has been awesome while I've been at home and doing the rehab, and she's taking a day off work to come up with me on the trip. I think she knows she will be doing the majority of the driving." McCallum said the bolts and rods would be staying in his back for the time being. "I really thought I would have put on more weight than I have with just the pool exercise. I was hoping I'd be allowed to swim, but that was out because they didn't want me using my arms too much," he said. McCallum started race driving as a 19-year-old while working with his legendary horseman father, Ian, at Charlton. Despite having "lived and breathed trots" ever since, he said he hadn't thought too much about returning to harness racing while he was recuperating. "I didn't watch any trots on TV for months. I just decided to forget all about it and just let right down, and actually, if I watched anything, it was the gallops," McCallum said. "Driving professionally is so full on with race meetings and trials. Each year we try to take a short overseas trip to clear the head and I just thought while I was sidelined I'd take the chance to switch off for a while," he said. "The first time I thought about driving again was in June, but I didn't let it kick into me until the start of July. There's been a few trainers ringing me now and again to see when I might be back, which was nice. "My GP put me through the rigors last week. He knows what I do for a living and had a good look around. So, I got the green light and here I am back into it again!" McCallum admits he had a "practice run" after the Maryborough trials last Sunday in a runaround. "It felt good to be back. I pulled up a little stiff the next day because I felt every little bump on the track. I didn't care if I only had one or two drives first-up at Mildura, but I've got five so we'll see how I go," he said. "And as a precaution we've fitted a bull bar to our car as well as some 'shoo roo' high range whistles!" Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

Hard-working Bendigo harness racing freelance driver Neil “Pecker” McCallum has reason to be proud of an impressive record as a motorist criss-crossing the State to compete at meetings. Despite travelling around 100,000 kilometres annually for the past 25 years McCallum had managed to avoid accidents or incidents on country roads or metropolitan highways. But that was until last Sunday week. McCallum suffered a broken back after tangling with a kangaroo while driving at about 8.10 am between his home at Lockwood, on the outskirts of Bendigo, to Maryborough. “I was just poking along the Maldon to Maryborough Road near Baringhup, when a kangaroo came out from near some big rocks at the top of a hill and cleaned me up,” McCallum said. “It was on a Sunday and it’s been a ritual of mine for a long time to go to Maryborough trials,” he said. “There was some light mist about, but that didn’t really matter.  I just reckon the ‘roo was headed somewhere in a big hurry.” McCallum said the front of his 2012 Ford utility was close to destroyed and there was damage to the windscreen and other sections of the vehicle. “I hit the roo and thought I was going to be okay and pull over, but as I shifted over to the edge of the road, my left wheel caught on some rocks and just dragged me in,” he said. “I flew up in the air and bounced around over all the boulders. They caused huge damage to the diff and smashed up underneath the ute. “When we came to rest, I couldn’t get the door open, but I crawled around and found my mobile phone to ring the police and ambulance.” McCallum was wrapped in an ice blanket at the scene before being transferred to Bendigo Hospital after complaining of severe back pain. “I was dosed up with a fair amount of pain killers and sent to Melbourne where I spent the night in hospital. There was barely a mark on my back, but the damage was inside,” he said. “Doctors found that I had broken my T12 vertebrae straight through, so that meant having an operation where two six-inch bolts and eight two-inch rods were inserted around it to keep the vertebrae in line. “I ended up with about a 14-inch cut down my back which they then had to sew up from the inside. Scars left from Neil’s surgery “I think the idea behind that is to fuse up my back and it’s also designed so that when I move, everything shifts in one big block.” While the popular reinsman is out of action at present, he certainly hasn’t lost his sense of humor saying he had a lot of swelling and was “feeling a bit like a humpback whale”. McCallum is now able to stand, but walking is more like a shuffle. “Not that I try to stand a lot because it absolutely kills me to then try and straighten up,” he said. “I’ve got a special bed to help me to rest up, so most of my day is lying about watching television. “I don’t think I’ve ever watched more harness racing meetings than what I have in the past eight or nine days!” On the day of the accident, after driving at the Maryborough trials, McCallum had planned to head to the Horsham Cup meeting where he was engaged to drive talented trotter The Penny Drops, for Ray Harvey, of Stawell. And the three-year-old flying machine, with late call-up driver Grant Campbell aboard, took out the Cheeky Fox Trotters Handicap at a short $1.80 favorite. McCallum had previously driven the horse to four wins and a placing from nine starts. Neil McCallum in action on The Penny Drops in January McCallum said when he was in Bendigo Hospital, he remembers his wife Leanne showing him the race involving The Penny Drops on her phone. “I was in-and-out of it a bit, but I do remember waking up just to see The Penny Drops go over the finish line and win. He’s a classy horse who has made two Group One finals.” McCallum said he hadn’t thought about when he might get back into the action on the harness racing scene. “It could be two months, or it might be six months. Of course, I’m missing it, but more importantly I’ve got to get myself right,” he said. “I know a bit about back problems because I’ve had a few over time. I reckon I’ll be seeing a physio regularly and it’s back to Melbourne in four weeks for a CAT scan.” McCallum said he had been enjoying a reasonable season with a “handful of nice horses” keeping him ticking along. He said he had been thrilled with many calls and cards from harness racing people. “Country harness racing people are a loyal bunch.  I’ve had a lot of well-wishers and I greatly appreciate it.” Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

Injury has reared its head again and struck down Real Stride on the doorstep of his TAB Inter Dominion campaign, a bitter blow that his trainer said was “devastating”. Darren Binskin said the injury plagued Major In Art five-year-old, owned and bred by prolific owner Emilio Rosati, was found with swelling in “his best leg” on Wednesday, just days after an encouraging Group 3 placing on Saturday night and a regulation training session on Tuesday. “We don’t know how, we don’t know why,” Binskin said. “He wouldn’t have got through an Inter Dominion. The welfare of the horse comes first.” Real Stride was found to have a deep flexor tendon tear and bruising, “like a strain”, and had they raced on “it only would have damaged more”.  “I don’t think it’s career ending, but the best thing for the horse is to have six to 12 months off,” Binskin said. “It is pretty devastating for the owner, we’ve put a lot of time and effort into him. He’s had injuries, so it wasn’t a shock that it happened but a shock when it happened.” The omission has opened the door for first emergency, former Western Australian pacer John Of Arc for trainer Clive Dalton. Unraced since January but a winner of the 2017 Sokyola Sprint and second placegetter in the 2017 West Australian Cup, John Of Arc’s late entrance into ID18 has also been a win for experienced reinsman Neil McCallum, who has picked up the drive. “Everyone wants to drive in the Inters,” a delighted McCallum said. “I was going to Melton trials on Tuesday when Clive said he needed to put down a name and ‘if he gets a run you can drive it in the series’. Then I got the text that he was in about an hour ago.” Saturday night will give McCallum his second tilt at an Inter Dominion and first since he steered Imprimartar in the 1992 series at Moonee Valley, ultimately won by Westburn Grant. McCallum, who was speaking as he was about to make the journey to Mildura for tonight’s racing, said opportunities like these were great rewards for the hard yards. “You do all the miles all of the time and occasionally you get rewards and get to drive in the big races,” McCallum said. “It’s great to have the series back in Victoria. It’s been a long time coming and it’s the best thing that’s happened.” Michael Howard

Roly Wilson’s team might be smaller than most of his bigger-name rivals at the top of the Trots Country Cup Championship, but he’s potentially in the box seat to claim the annual harness racing honour with his super-honest seven-year-old Kotare Roland. The Julius Caesar/Kotare Yalta gelding today added the Loddon Valley Stud Boort Pacing Cup to his Cobram Pacing Cup trophy won in December, reinsman Neil McCallum with the winning drive on both occasions. The victory moved Kotare Roland to second place, three points behind Yankee Rockstar on the Country Cups Championship. “We’ll probably go to Warragul next week and then I’d like to consider having a look at Mildura,” an elated trainer Roly Wilson said post-race. “It’s always a thrill to win a cup. It’s nice to win any race but to win a cup is always special. “He’s been going well. He should’ve probably finished fourth in the Cranbourne Cup but one fell back in his face.” Along with his Cobram and now Boort silverware, Kotare Roland has placed fifth in both the Cranbourne and Geelong Cups and second in the Gunbower Pacing Cup. In fact, the writing has been on the wall ever since Kotare Roland’s eye-catching fifth behind Hotasel in a Melton free-for-all on November 15 when he motored down the outside in the stretch. Today Kotare Roland sat three-wide for the final lap and a bit, about the last 800m, before overhauling the leaders at the home bend the final time to put the result to bed. His winning mile rate was 2:03.3, just over half-a-second outside Flaming Flutter’s track record, the last 800m covered in splits of 28.6 and 29.7. WATCH KOTARE ROLAND'S TOUGH BOORT PACING CUP WIN Bobby Fabulous (Zac Steenhuis) was driven out hard to finish second, with consistent cups performer Uncle Wingnut third for Michael Bellman. Early leader Just Knew (Greg Sugars) finished fourth and Nimble Jack (Glenn Douglas), who enjoyed a cushy run on the leader’s back, finished fifth. Earlier on the card Henty horseman Grant Forrest guided his smart six-year-old Yankee Spider/Cheldean Maori mare Forestspider to victory in the Haras Des Trotteurs Boort Trotters Cup. WATCH FORESTSPIDER TAKE OUT THE TROTTERS CUP AT BOORT Trotting away smartly to land the lead fairly quickly from polemarker Robbie Zuve, Forestspider got away cheap early fractions until tackled at the bell by Maorisfavouritesun (Glen Craven), who ran to the top. The pair drew clear of the field, Forestspider peeling to the outside at the home corner and chipping away at the margin until the finish line when she stuck her head in front in timely fashion. “She didn’t trot too good around that final turn so I had to nurse her back a little bit after I pulled the deafeners,” Forrest said. Forestspider’s mile rate was 2:07.4, with Maorisfavouritesun second and Rostevarren third for Ross Graham. A big crowd was on hand throughout the day at Boort, lining the fence for every race in perfect conditions weather wise. The club was celebrating 125 years of continuous racing and was selling a book on the subject, which proved very popular with punters and horsemen alike. Ray Fewings and Allan Hull joined caller Matt Hill on the day to share calling duties, a club initiative which also proved popular. All three callers were full of praise for the day and thanked the club for its hospitality. The Trots Country Cups Carnival continues next weekend with the Renown Silverware Ararat Cup on Saturday night followed by the Easter Sunday Downtowner Warragul Pacing Bowl Cup. Cody Winnell Harness Racing Victoria

Two of harness racing’s most enduring participants combined to provide one of the biggest upsets on the country cups circuit in recent years when Kotare Roland scored a last stride win in last Sunday’s Jim Phillips Memorial Cobram Cup. Freelance reinsman Neil McCallum and Yarra Glen horseman Roly Wilson enjoyed a late Christmas present when Kotare Roland prevailed at the massive odds of $119. Kotare Roland settled five horses back along the pegs as favourite punters were put out of play early when the $2.60 favourite Hectorjayjay back pedalled as the tapes were released and was pulled up out of the race shortly after. McCallum eased away from the pegs into the running line in the back straight and Kotare Roland was able to latch on to the back of Barimah in the three-wide train around the home turn. Kotare Roland was the fresh horse on the scene in the home straight and produced the strongest finishing sprint to get up and score by a metre from Barimah with Smudge Bromac two metres away in third place. The win was Kotare Roland’s first in Wilson’s colours since being claimed for $35,000 in November last year. McCallum said his charge was travelling well approaching the home turn. “I hadn’t done a lot of work in the run and he was feeling good so I went up inside one to get the back of Barimah and then it was just a case of could I catch the leaders in the straight,” he said. “It was just a great result for a guy like Roly who has been around for a long time and been a great contributor to the sport through the Yarra Glen club.” McCallum said the seven-year- old gelding bu Julius Caesar had rarely run a bad race in recent months. “He got beaten a head in the Gunbower Cup and while he isn’t quite an A grader he has a nice furlong in him with the right run which he proved today,” he said. by John Dunne

Although he hasn’t won since taking out a claimer in September last year, Kotare Roland takes good form into Sunday’s Gunbower Family Hotel Gunbower Pacing Cup. The seven-year-old gelding from the Roly Wilson stable at Yarra Glen powered home at Melton last Friday night in the Kerryn & Arden Rooney FFA, recording a 26.9-second final quarter and a 55.5secs final half to finish fifth. Two runs back he notched the third-fastest final 400m of the night at Melton when sixth behind Major Crocker and despite only beating one runner home he finished off strongly three runs back when beaten less than 12m by Inter Dominion hopeful Lennytheshark. “(Driver) Neil (McCallum) was pretty chuffed last week. He came back smiling,” Wilson said. “It didn’t surprise me how well he finished off. He’s always shown he can win a nice race.” Kotare Roland won last year’s Enduro at Melton, a stand-start race over 2760m, suggesting the 2630m stand conditions at Gunbower will suit. “I think he’ll possibly lead or take a sit behind one of the good ones from the pole,” Wilson said. Plenty of big-name stables are represented in the Gunbower Pacing Cup including Amanda Turnbull and Nathan Jack with Star Black, Nicole Molander with Cillas Boy and Im Meticulous, Peter Manning with Narra Operative, Vince Vallelonga with Manuka Man and Brent Lilley with emergency Eric Clapton. Cody Winnell

Andy Gath trained a treble and his wife Kate drove all of them at yesterdays harness racing meeting at Charlton on a big day for the Long Forest husband and wife team.   True Stride (a two-year-old son of Christian Cullen/Gina Falcon), Abetta Tiny Dancer (a three-year-old filly by Bettors Delight out of Laurel Franco) and Party Boy (a four-year-old gelding by Bettors Delight out of We Love To Party) all won for Team Gath.   Abetta Tiny Dancer was impressive on debut in the Cricket Club Hotel 3YO Pace over 2100 metres.   Starting from the second row, the filly was given plenty of time to balance up for Kate Gath, settling towards the rear of the main division – with Prince Of Zanzibar the trailer after making an early break. At the bell Abetta Tiny Dancer eased three-wide and commenced her run.   But it was only upon navigating the last bend that Abetta Tiny Dancer really stamped her authority, rounding up the leaders quickly and finishing well for a four-metre win over Give Me Fifty, who ran an improved race for Keith Cotchin and Amanda Turnbull into second, with Box Lu Cove third for Glenn Douglas.   The debutant winner rated 2:00.7.   Party Boy resumed in the Charlton & District Community Bank Pace and was sent out at unbackable odds of $1.10 from barrier four.   Last time in Party Boy looked a serious racehorse in the making with three straight triumphs before being sent for a spell after an out-of-character run at Cranbourne when something was obviously awry.   But the impressive son of Bettors Delight bounced straight back today, rating 2:00.5 (last half 58.1secs) to win by 2.4 metres over a bold Jay Dee Zed, who is nearing another win, with early speedster Splendid Choice poking through for a well-beaten third placing.   True Stride opened the program with a five-metre win in the Natasa Dean 2YO Pace over the mile, the winner posting a 1:59.2 mile rate in defeating Swift Fantasy and Dallas Nikolay.   Other winners on today’s card were Karkarook and Indiana Angel, who brought up a double for trainer John Hallam and reinsman Nathan Jack, Cudgee Boy for Wayne Maher and Neil McCallum, Super Lenny for Keith and Rodney Pratt and Pink Diamond Lombo for Max Jardine and Greg Sugars.   Cody Winnell - Harness Racing Victoria

Superb trotting filly Claudys Princess edged out Illawong Helios in the first heat of the Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series for 3YO trotting fillies today at Maryborough. The Mick Blackmore-trained star, who last start won the Group 1 Glenferrie Farm Trotters Oaks, went 2:02.4 with a last half of 61.5 to defeat the Ross Sugars-trained runner-up by a half-neck. Gavin Lang didn’t bustle Claudys Princess early and allowed her to balance up three back on the pegs, following Illawong Helios, which had the back of race leader Illawong Moonshine. Turning for home Illawong Moonshine had run her race and was quickly gathered up by Illawong Helios, but once the sprint lane opened up Claudys Princess darted through with a successful late winning bid. Sister Of Sonoko ran third for Ross Graham, while Kapitan Claire from the Sugars yard with Kylie Sugars in the sulky ran fourth. Claudys Princess has now won 11 races from 14 starts. Later on the card top three-year-old trotter Asdenro won the boys’ Vicbred heat by 3.9m over Guiltless. Haydon Gray took the David Van Ryn-trained son of Armbro Variable to the front early from gate five, holding off all challengers late to score over David Abrahams-trained Guiltless, with Alan Tubbs-trained Drunken Maniac finishing on for third. Savannah Jay Jay put some value into first fours with Neil McCallum guiding the Stan Cameron-trained gelding into fourth place despite a scratchy beginning. Favourite Holdonsu made it seven wins from 16 starts with victory in the Vicbred 3YO males’ pacers heat at Maryborough, the Jayne Davies-trained, Rodney Petroff-driven son of Elsu scoring a head win over Jedi Mind from the David Aiken stable, with Time Capsule coming in third. My Bella Starr captured the 3YO pacing fillies’ Vicbred heat for trainer Adam Kelly and Gavin Lang in Race 8. The daughter of Art Major/Badlands Legend went 1:59.8 and prevailed by 1.6m over runner-up Distant Memory, who had made the trip south from New South Wales for trainer-driver Kerry-Ann Turner, with Phil Chircop-trained The System Black getting third-place prize money for driver Petroff. Lang capped off a winning treble in the last race on the program, the Vicbred seventh heat of the 3YO colts and geldings, aboard Presidentialsecret for Emma Stewart. The Presidential Ball gelding prevailed by 4.4m over Young Modern for Michael Stanley, while Lisa Miles guided Su You Too into third place. By Cody Winnell (Harness Racing Australia)

The Bendigo trotting fixture held on Thursday November 28 belonged to the Goulburn Valley and Bendigo area who provided five of the eight winners on program, with Bunbartha horseman John Newberry taking the honours after providing a stable double. First to come along was talented Earl/Shine On Alisha six year old gelding Just Call Me Earl in the CV Batteries Strath Village Trotters Handicap for T1 or better class over 2150 metres. Starting from a 20 metre equal backmark, Just Call Me Earl bided his time mid-field with Man Of The World (barrier four) working to the front after travelling a couple of hundred metres. Easing three wide in the final circuit, Newberry in what was “the drive of the night” switched Just Call Me Earl down to the sprint lane, before finishing strongly to defeat Man Of The World and Jusamirel which raced rough on more than one occasion. The mile rate 2-05.1. Raced by the Newberry family, Just Call Me Earl has fronted the starter on 63 occasions for nine wins. Leg two came about when lightly raced four year old Monarchy/Shine On Alisha gelding The Majestic scored in the Freedom Tanks Trotters Mobile for T0 class over 1650 metres in a mile rate 2-02.2. A surprisingly short priced even money favourite, The Majestic (gate two) settled three back in the moving line and driven with the patience of Jobe, was taken four wide on the final bend before putting the race away with ease, defeating Brother Of Sonoko and Ballan Road which led. Echuca/Moama trainer Shane Gilligan four year old Northern Luck/Soap Box mare Mary Mon returned to form when successful in the Bendigo Cup Eve Cocktail Party 10 January Pace for C2 class over 1650 metres. Taking a concession, Mary Mon driven by son Tom was restrained to the rear of the field from gate six prior to gaining a three wide trail in the last lap on the back of both Johnny Tee and Flyin Indi Air. Despite making the home turn very wide, Mary Mon a half sister to the smart juvenile Lady Belladonna finished all over the top of her rivals to score from Flying Indi Air and Johnny Tee in a rate of 1-57. Charlton’s Mark Boyle has Blissful Hall/Lensmare six year old gelding Xbolt racing at the top of his game, landing the Christmas @ Lord’s Raceway 12 December Pace for C0 class over 1650 metres. With Neil McCallumin the sulky, Xbolt began swiftly from gate five to lead throughout in a rate of 1-58.6, defeating The Muse which raced outside him, with the hot favourite Heathbern Star running on late when extricated clear of a pocket three back the markers to finish third. Shelbourne trainer Larry Eastman’s above average Northern Luck/Decethree Lombo five year old mare Lombo Cloud Nine treated her rivals with contempt in the N.Y.E Party @ Lord’s Raceway 31 December Pace for C3 & C4 class over 2150 metres with Chris Alford in the sulky. Sent forward from outside the front row to settle three back in the moving line, Alford was off and running in the back straight on the first occasion to be surprisingly handed the lead on a platter from the last start Ballarat winner Tere T. Travelling under double wraps for the rest of the journey, Lombo Cloud Nine coasted to the wire 6 metres in advance of Tere T and Nimble Jack (three back the markers) in a rate of 2-00.2 to record her 10th victory in 42 starts. Astute Avenel trainer/driver Ian Mongomery provided a smart first starter by the name of Captain Under Fire to blitz his rivals in the Bendigo Bank 3-Y-0 Pace over 2150 metres, leading throughout from the pole in accounting for Notjustanothalombo (three back the markers) by 22.7 metres in a rate of 2-00.9. Braeview Bomber finished third after racing in the open. Bolinda trainer/driver Lisa Miles also provided a winner on debut when four year old Four Starzzz Shark/Sassy Stoneridge mare Denim Npearls greeted the judge in the Victorian Equine Group Pace for C0 class over 1650 metres. Taken back from gate two as the start was effected, Denim Npearls possied three back in the moving line, before unleashing a powerful burst out wide on straightening to impressively gain the day over Majestic Swan which led and Imsosweetaboucha which followed the winner home in the final circuit. The mile rate 1-58.7. By Len Baker          

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