Day At The Track

A double day of harness racing in Victoria

02:29 AM 16 Jun 2012 NZST
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Brent Lilley - deep in thought
Brent Lilley - deep in thought

Friday harness racing was conducted at Shepparton during the afternoon, with the regular Tabcorp Park Melton fixture in the evening.

Brent Lilley’s quality Courage Under Fire/Rigaleto Franco filly Courageousnquick resumed from a short let up to land the 3rd Heat of the Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series for 2-Y-0 Fillies over 2190 metres at Shepparton.

With regular reinsman Rod Petroff in the bike, Courageousnquick led out from gate five, before taking a trail on the Riverina visitor Just A Bit Sassy in the first lap to receive the run of the race.

Using the sprint lane, Courageousnquick was just that, scoring by a nose in 1-59.8 from Getya Wings Out which raced parked for the final circuit, with Just A Bit Sassy a nose away in third place.

Kyabram trainer Mick Blackmore scored a well overdue victory with D M Dilinger/Nic Kell Rose 5-Y-0 mare Bevstuanmarylou in the Shepparton Rentravision Pace Final for C1 class over 1690 metres.

Given a sweet trip By Scott Dyer from inside the second line trailing the red-hot favourite and pole marker Franco Cruz which defeated her in the heat a week earlier, Bevstuanmarylou dashed through along the sprint lane on straightening to score by a half head over Ray Long’s Scotts Den out wide from near last in a rate of 1-58, with Lombo Break Thru close up in third place after racing wide in an all Shepparton area finish.

Franco Cruz ran a shocker, dropping out to beat only two home after an easy time at the head of affairs.

Congupna trainer/driver Scott Stewart’s Live Or Die/Press On Bromac filly The Wifes Calling made it two in a row when an easy all of the way victor of the Saddleworld 3-Y-0 Pace over 2190 metres at Shepparton, scoring by 2.9 metres in 1-59.3 over the hot favourite Ohyeah Lifegoeson which raced outside her for the last lap, with Antigua third off a three wide trail.

With a price tag on her head of $25,000, The Wifes Calling could be a bargain buy.

Avenel’s David Aiken has done a marvellous job with 7-Y-0 Tinted Cloud/Cabsav Jaccka gelding Jaccka Clive who chalked up his 28th success when greeting the judge in the $20,000 Enduro for M0 or better class (D-H) over 2760 metres at Tabcorp Park.

Driven by Greg Sugars, Jaccka Clive coming from a 30 metre backmark shared with Our Maestro was sent forward early in the race to park outside the pacemaker Lets Slash An Burn (20 metres) which had taken over from Tanabi Bromac who had crossed Baltic Ice.

Relishing the tough role, Jaccka Clive gained the upper hand halfway up the running to score by 2.7 metres over Tanabi Bromac which surprisingly eased three wide on straightening not wanting to use the sprint lane, with Lets Slash An Burn holding down third. The mile rate 1-59.5.

Aiken had earlier snared the Choice Hotels Pace for M0 class over 2240 metres with much improved 5-Y-0 In The Pocket/Ruby Bay gelding Mapua Legend with Scott Dyer in the sulky.

Starting from the extreme draw, Mapua Legend moved to race in the open mid-race, before surging clear in the last lap to score from Longtan Luke from near last in a rate of 1-58.1, with Melpark Maestro third after following the runner up home.

Heywood trainer Kevin Brough combined with Terang’s Matt Craven to land the Quaddie Pool Guarantee 3-Y-0 Pace over 1720 metres with consistent It Is I/Mama Tembu gelding Weallwantano and by doing so, brought up three wins in succession.

Settling three back along the markers from an inside second line draw, Weallwantano enjoyed a cosy passage with Real Hammer bowling along at the head of affairs.

Taken into the clear on turning, Weallwantano finished full of running to blouse the leader in a brilliant rate of 1-55.5, with Mark Dennis third.

Scott Stewart finished the day on a high note, when 5-Y-0 Western Terror/Princess Hayley gelding Matty Chrimes led throughout to claim the GBL Property Consultants Pace for M1 class over 1720 metres at Melton in a brilliant 1-55.8 from Bob Dilinger and Talk To The Hand.



The Wifes Calling

Jaccka Clive

Mapua Legend


Matty Chrimes

by Len BAKER

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