Those betting on the Horsham meeting on Monday September 16 got their fingers burnt, when Bungaree (Ballarat) based trainer “Ash” Herbertson snared the first two races on the program at juicy odds. Four year old Blissful Hall/Princess Yum Yum mare Gelese brought up two wins in succession by taking the Get Well Gary Scott Pace for C0 class over 2200 metres paying Supertab odds of $11.90. Driven by Terang “young gun” Jason Lee, Gelese was given the run of the race from the pole following the pacemaker Confusion Reigns (gate three), one of two runners from the Kerryn Manning barn, with stablemate Willow Robyn going for a hat-trick as a short priced $1.60 favourite. When Willow Robyn rushed up three wide from last in the final circuit, he appeared to have the race well in his keeping after dashing clear on straightening, with Gelese being extricated into the clear. Finishing full of running, Gelese bloused Willow Robyn in the last bound to score by a nose in 2-00.7, with Armbro Speedster third after racing in the open. Nine year old Ultimate Falcon/Left Tycoon mare Ultimate Tycoon returned to the winners list after an absence of 25 months when greeting the judge in the Westvic Race Pix – Matt Craven Pace for C1 class over 2200 metres, with ironicly Matt Craven in the sulky. A winner of six races in 122 stars prior to the race, Ultimate Tycoon produced a career best performance after being driven forward from gate five to park outside the heavily supported pacemaker Mister Seelster (gate six) which had little difficulty in assuming control shortly after the start. Refusing to give in on straightening, Ultimate Tycoon ($5.10) showed previously unseen strength in proving too strong for Mister Seelster ($2.90), winning by a margin of 4.2 metres in a rate of 2-03.6. Vee Jay Jazz (four back the markers finished third). Terang’s Matt Craven who is driving in rare form at present can do nothing wrong of late and brought up a double when 4-Y-0 Sealed N Delivered/Lady Bullville gelding Ynobe Coby scored a big win in the Betta Electrical Horsham – Peter Manning Pace for C0 class over 1700 metres in a rate of 1-58.6. Trained at Elliminyt (Colac) by Courtney Slater, Ynobe Coby bred and raced by Ebony Slater settled in the moving line closer to last than first after starting from gate two on the second line, with the Mildura visitor Kilbirnie North View leading from the pole. Set alight at the bell to join the leader for the final circuit, Ynobe Coby went into overdrive on turning and raced away to register a 9.5 metre margin over Kilbirnie North View and Artois Stone which trailed the favourite. Jason Lee (cousin of Matt Craven) was also to chalk up a double after winning the Conway Pies – Jayson Finnis Pace for C1 class over 2200 metres aboard the Michelle Manning (Great Western) trained 5-Y-0 Elsu/Whatsonyamind gelding Pacquiao after taking a concession. Despite sitting in the open from gate five outside Bohemian Lombo (gate two), Pacquiao outstayed his rivals to win well by 3.9 metres in advance of Garabaldi Union which followed him all of the way, with Rising Power a stablemate of the winner third from near last. The mile rate 2-01.1. Astute Narracoorte (S-A) part-owner/trainer Greg Scholefield has made many successful raids on Victoria in the past and kept his record intact when smart 4-Y-0 gelding Glenferrie Rustler scored in the Grahan Eeles Saddlery – Cheap Tint Pace for C2 & C3 class over 2200 metres. Taking a concession for Mount Gambier’s Jayson Finnis, Glenferrie Rustler (Lis Mara/Exceptional Lass) led throughout from gate three in defeating a game Valentino Rustler which raced outside him, going down by 1.1 metres in 1-58.9, with Wipethesmile third after trailing the winner. It was Glenferrie Dreamer’s 12th victory in 19 outings, the majority being in restricted company in his home state. Local trainer Ken Exell would have received a tremendous thrill when his bargain priced 8-Y-0 Allawart Ray/Allawart Liz gelding Allawart Ugo scored in the Bunnings Horsham – Ken Exell Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2200 metres in a leisurely rate of 2-06.9. With Hamilton reinsman Rod Barker in the sulky, Allawart Ugo stepped cleanly from a 20 metre handicap, avoiding a couple of gallopers in the early stages to lob three back in the moving line with Peter Manning’s Sunnyandcher leading. Trailing Ollie Nova ahead of him three wide into the final bend, Allawart Ugo ran home strongly out wide on straightening to gain the day by 2.3 metres from Ollie Nova with the hot favourite Knapdale Girl a disappointing third 2.5 metres away after trailing the pair. by Len Baker
Leading Tasmanian harness racing trainer Grant Hodges wishes Falcon Shaw had arrived in his table as a three or four-year-old instead of a gelding rising seven.
A great night of Harness Racing is promised once again at Albion Park this Saturday when the Albion Park Harness Racing Club conducts a strong eight event card in the midst of potentially challenging weather.
The traditional New Year's night Echuca harness racing fixture attracted a large crowd at Frank Ryan Raceway to witness exciting racing all through the evening, with most winners coming from the outlying areas.
The all conquering Melton stable of harness racing trainer Brent Lilley fresh from landing the TAB quaddie at Cranbourne on Sunday, continued on a winning role, with former Kiwi 4-Y-0 gelding Abbotshall scoring in the $5,000 Hull Plumbing Trotters Mobile for T0 & T1 class over 2195 metres at Ararat on Tuesday August 2.
Australia's worst floods in decades hit Toowoomba, the South East Queensland town nicknamed the 'Garden City', heavily yesterday (Tuesday January 11) with four confirmed deaths, but thankfully the town's harness racing and thoroughbred farm - Burwood Stud has escaped virtually unscathed.
Ballarat horseman David Murphy, who was active at the Harrisburg Black Book yearling sale in USA last week, made a triumphant harness racing return to the sulky at Geelong last night (November 12).
Friday's Bendigo harness racing fixture held at Tabcorp Park belonged to the Melton area, with five individual winners from the eight races on the program. Mario Azzopardi started the ball rolling, when 4-Y-0 Safe And Sound/Miss Rafter gelding Pats Ace scored in the Tabcorp Park Melton Pace for C0 class over 2240 metres
Another double header was held in Victoria on Friday, with Wedderburn conducting a program at Maryborough during the afternoon and Ballarat racing at night.
Misty Plains, one of Queensland's best three-year-olds, died last Sunday. The non-appearance of the quality Ultimate Falcon member of the 'Hundred Grand Club' means the $85,000 QBred Triad Final won't be the race it should at Albion Park this Saturday.