Day At The Track

'Rocket' Rod Petroff scores a Geelong treble

04:14 PM 12 Jun 2012 NZST
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Melton based reinsman "Rocket" Rod Petroff took the honours at the Geelong harness racing meeting on Tuesday June 12, chalking up a treble of wins consisting of two for Burrumbeet (Ballarat) trainer Ashleigh Herbertson (Metrofromelle and Blissful Kisses) and one for Parwan's Jaime Madruga (Balance Point).

Metropolitan/Ellovalooka filly Metrofromelle broke her maiden status at start number nine after receiving the run of the race one/one from gate six in the Geelong Australia 3-Y-0 Pace over 1609 metres.

Easing three wide in the final circuit, Metrofromelle finished all over the top of the leader and hot favourite Prized on straightening to score in a rate of 1-59.5, with Big Mumma Fitz third from three back in the moving line.

Stablemate Blissful Kisses a 4-Y-0 daughter of Blissful Gall and Ebony And Ice coasted the wire in the Tabsportsbet Pace for C2 class over 1609 metres after taking a mares concession.

Burning across the face of the field from gate five, Blissful Kisses led throughout to win untouched in advance of Wilwillwinsum which trailed from the pole, bringing up three wins in succession, with Time To Smile third after racing in the open from gate four. The mile rate 1-58.

Five year old D M Dilinger/Beaconsfield Gold 5-Y-0 gelding Balance Point notched up his 8th victory in 28 outings by leading throughout from gate four in taking the Fox Digital Pace for C3 & C4 class over 2100 metres.

Always totally in control, Balance Point kicked away on the final bend to register a 7.6 metre victory in 2-00.8 over the roughie Gangsta Pranksta (three back the markers) and Bold Statement which faced the breeze for the last lap.

Inverleigh trainer Bob Kuchenmeister has been having a ball with his small team of squaregaiters of late and snared the Bartlett’s Waste Management Trotters Handicap for T1 or better class over 2570 metres with $65.80 chance Country Cop.

Driven by neighbour Brooke Sadler who assists at the stable, Country Cop coming from the 10 metre mark raced in the open for the entire trip, proving too strong at the business end of proceedings for the pacemaker Left One Eye Out in a rate of 2-10.6, with Abbotshall (one/one – three wide last lap) third.

A lightly raced 7-Y-0 gelded son of Keystone Salute and Possum Point, Country Cop has faced the starter on 51 occasions for five victories.

South Ecklin (Terang) trainer/driver Matthew Craven was successful with 5-Y-0 Peace Of Art/Lemon And Ice mare Shards Of Ice in the Vinmar Homes Pace for C1 class (mares) over 2100 metres.

Taking a concession for brother Glen, Shards Of Ice having her first start for the stable, led throughout from gate four in easily accounting for the favourite Gotalotofspeed (one/two – three wide last lap) in a rate of 2-00.1, with Black And Yellow third after trailing the winner and using the sprint lane to no avail.

Ballarat’s Emma Stewart continued her fantastic season, when American Ideal/Lifes Just Magic gelding Goodtime Slater on debut led throughout from gate three to capture the Basic Book-Keeping 2-Y-0 Pace over 2100 metres.

With Chris Alford in the sulky, Goodtime Slater well supported at $1.70, never appeared to be out of second gear as he coasted to the wire 7.2 metres in advance of Cardon Merger which trailed and a death-seating Boyz Torque, returning a mile rate of 2-00.8.

Hopetoun Park father and son - Ross and Greg Sugars brought up a hat-trick of wins with Modern Art/Clarenden Diva 4-Y-0 gelding American Muscle when greeting the judge in the Best Place To Live Pace for C0 class over 1609 metres.

Beginning swiftly to lead from gate five, American Muscle was untroubled to score from Johnny Armbros (four back the markers) which ran on well when extricated from a tight pocket approaching the home turn, with Shakas Image (three wide last lap) third. The mile rate 1-59.7.

Metrofromelle

Blissful Kisses

Balance Point

Country Cop

Shards Of Ice

Goodtime Slater

American Muscle

by Len BAKER

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