Day At The Track

A night that belonged to the Craven family

05:19 PM 18 Sep 2012 NZST
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Dean Braun
Dean Braun

Terang in South-West Victoria was the venue for Tuesday harness racing (September 18), with many of the local fraternity providing winners throughout the evening.

Woorndoo trainer Bob Mahncke was in the winners stall, when Kiwi bred Mcardle/Jaguar Strike 4-Y-0 mare Taniwha scored in the Dalvue Motel Pace for C0 class over 2180 metres.

With Ararat's Michael Bellman in the sulky, Taniwha was given a sweet passage one/one from gate three, with local hope Jilliby Way leading from gate five for Glen Craven.

Easing three wide on the final bend, Taniwha finished full of running to defeat the pacemaker in a rate of 2-03.7, with Fake Lace third from three back in the moving line.

It was Taniwha's first victory in 23 outings.

The Dick & Anne Box Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2180 metres saw Portarlington trainer Gary Bailey's 6-Y-0 Keystone Salute/Downsouth Soon gelding Trappers Puzzle victorious.

Coming from a 30 metre backmark, Trappers Puzzle possied mid-field in the moving line, sprinting swiftly in the last lap to join the leader Whathappensinvegas approaching the home turn.

Racing clear shortly after, Trappers Puzzle toyed with his rivals, accounting for Earl Of Charity off the back of the pacemaker, with Whathappeninvegas holding down third in a rate of 2-03.6.

Astute Lara owner/trainer Dean Braun produced unreliable 8-Y-0 D M Dilinger/Lillians Fancy gelding Brialinga Boy to record a first-up win for the stable in the Book For Ladies Night Pace for C1 class over 1680 metres.

Driven by Chris Alford, Brialinga Boy who's last success had been at Warragul in May 2011, settled five back in the running line from gate two on the second line, with the well supported local Bohemian Lombo heading the field from gate two.

Set alight three wide at the bell, Brialinga Boy surged to the lead on the home turn and careered away to score by 10.8 metres in 1-58.8 from Know How which followed him home and Valentino Rustler which raced in the open.

Quality 5-Y-0 Village Jasper/Cultured Lombo gelding Savesomtimetodream coming off a Breeders Crown campaign, found the drop in class a lot easier when successful in the VHRSC Pace for C4 to C6 class over 2180 metres as a prohibitive $1.30 favourite.

Trained at Ross Creek (Ballarat) by Ballarat Trotting Club CEO Paul Rowse, Savesomtimetodream with regular reinsperson Jodi Quinlan in the sulky was restrained from gate five to settle three back in the moving line.

Sent forward three wide in the final circuit, Savesomtimetodream had too much class on his rivals, winning by an untouched 4.9 metres in advance of Washies Chance (one/one), with Highview Ebony weakening for third after leading. The mile rate 2-00 even.

Terang's Marg Lee snared the quinella in the Barastoc Pace for C1 class over 2180 metres, with Keayang Falcon defeating Keayang Genius in a rate of 2-00.2.

Driven by son Jason, Keayang Falcon from the extreme draw bided his time at the rear, before setting off three wide to park outside the leader Perfect Peter at the bell, giving Keayang Genius the one/one sit.

Charging effortlessly past Perfect Peter before the home turn, Keayang Falcon cruised to the wire 2.1 metres in advance of Keayang Genius in a rate of 2-00.2, with Gangsta Pranksta running home in-between runners from last for third.

A 4-Y-0 gelded son of Falcon Seelster and Secret Twirl, Keayang Falcon has fronted the starter on 16 occasions for 5 wins.

Eliminyt (Colac) trainer/driver Courtney Slater's 4-Y-0 D M Dilinger/Sailors Atom gelding Deejay Dilinger was by far the Harnesslink "run of the night" when victorious in the Terang Home Hardware Pace for C0 class over 1680 metres in a slashing rate of 1-55.9.

Starting from outside the front row, Deejay Dilinger had little difficulty in obtaining the lead from the roughie Extra (gate four) shortly after the start and allowed to run all of the way, registered a conservative 25.9 metre margin over Extra, with Corbin Lee coming from last at the bell for third.

Matt Craven on a high at present, caused a major upset when piloting "iron horse" Ruffiano to victory in the Artesian Pace for C2 & C3 class over 1680 metres.

A 7-Y-0 gelding by Justanotherpoorboy from La Belle having start number 146, Ruffiano trained at Mt Gambier by Anthony Glynn from gate three on the second line possied four back in the running line, moving to be one/two at the bell when Franco Cruz eased three wide to trail both Lucky Dave and Vansumic.

When Panorose after racing in the open got to the leader My Tiger Lily on truning, the swoopers charged out wide, with Vansumic hitting the front abd Ruffiano after being extricated giving chase.

Finishing full of running, Ruffiano claimed Vansumic in the last bound to score in a rate of 1-57.4, with Panorose third.

On what was a night that belonged to the Craven family, (Marg & Jason Lee, Matt Craven and brother Glen) who combined with Peter Manning to lead throughout aboard 5-Y-0 Life Sign/Copy Kat Lombo 5yo Lombo Blu Blood the Terang Automotive Pace for C0 class over 2180 metres, winning easily from Longtan Liberator (three back the markers) and Toppathemornintoya which trailed the winner. The mile rate 2-02.5.


Trappers Puzzle

Brialinga Boy


Keayang Falcon

Deejay Dilinger


Lombo Blu Blood

by Len BAKER

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