Day At The Track

Area winners dominate the Echuca meeting

12:30 PM 01 Jan 2012 NZDT
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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.

Veteran Elmore horseman Neville Welsh combined with son Clinton to open proceedings, snaring the Harry, Glad & Jack Holmfield Memorial 3-Y-0 Pace over 1755 metres with Bettors Delight/Risque Rita filly Maybebaby.

Scorching out from gate five to lead, Maybebaby was rated a treat, making the favourite The Unionist (also from Elmore) work outside her approaching the home turn. Kicking clear on straightening, Maybebaby kept on giving to score by a head only in 2-01.1, with Tru To Life Lombo 20 metres away third after following the winner.

Rochester’s Shayne Eeles produced 4-Y-0 Ultimate Falcon/Teen Talk mare Whosthatchick to land the Echuca HRC Ladies Committee Pace for C0 class (mares) on debut.

A half sister to Shayne’s bonny mare Ballandella Baby, Whosthatchick led throughout from gate two in accounting for Southbank Lady which trailed, with Algabonyia (one/one) third. The mile rate 2-01.4.

The $5,500 Echuca HRC New Years Trotters Cup for T0 or better class over 2530 metres was a blow out for punters, with $33.70 chance Apache Speed saluting the judge in a rate of 2-08.3.

Trained by Max Gray at nearby Kyabram and driven by Nathan Jack, Apache Speed who had never been placed in 9 previous outings settled one/one from barrier four, with Chris Alford aboard the favourite Maori Vacation from a 40 metre backmark easing from three back in the moving line to turn on the speed mid-race in an effort to cross the leader Sarkava, eventually doing so after spending plenty of petrol.

With the leaders on their feet on the final bend, Apache Speed swooped out wide in the home running to score from Starlight Lee (three back the markers) and Doctor Sam (one/three), The trifecta paid a massive dividend of $17,230 for a one dollar investment.

Deniliquin visitor Wayne Gretgrix landed the Walkabout Security Pace for C1 class over 1755 metres with 10-Y-0 Knight Rainbow/My Limond gelding Ifwegowellgo when making only his 5th appearance at the races.

Driven a dashing race by Tooleen based Nigel Milne, Ifwegowellgo exploded away from gate four to surprisingly cross the polemarker and hot favourite Dejayangel, defying all challengers on straightening to score from Dejayangel which moved outside him on the home turn, with Always Lacking (three back the markers) easing three wide on the home turn to finish third. The mile rate 2-00.

Kerang trainer Trevor Dawson’s The Wrath Of Pan/Atomic Falcon 7-Y-0 gelding Panatomic chalked up his 4th victory in 49 outings when successful in the Caledonian Hotel Pace for C1 class over 2160 metres.

Taking a concession for Bendigo’s Haydon Gray, Panatomic was given the run of the race from the pole trailing the hot favourite Davids Lady drawn next to him.

Easing away from the markers on the home turn, Panatomic finished too well for Davids Lady who found nothing in the shadows of the post to register a 1.2 metre victory in 2-02.2, with Malabe Art (three back the markers) using the sprint lane for third.

Undera (Goulburn Valley) trainer Glenn Freeman has ex-Kiwi Courage Under Fire/Ashes Of Love 6-Y-0 gelding Radio Ga Ga going great guns at present and brought up three wins in succession when victorious in the $5,500 Moama Bowling Club New Years Cup for C4 to C6 class over 2160 metres in a rate of 1-59.2.

Raced by long time harness participant Peter Batten and a large number of co-owners, Radio Ga Ga couldn’t muster from the pole, settling three back along the markers after being crossed by both Cotrillion and Master William out wide which assumed control.

Able to extricate away from the inside shortly after the start, Scott Dyer had little difficulty in sliding Radio Ga Ga to the front entering the front straight on the first occasion.

Bowling along at his leisure, Radio Ga Ga was joined by the odds-on favourite R Eleven from last approaching the home turn and the pair engaged in a two horse war from the straight entrance, with Radio Ga Ga prevailing by 1.2 metres, a mile ahead of the third placegetter Master William.

Another Goulburn Valley winner on the program was 7-Y-0 Totally Ruthless/Cheeky Monkey gelding Totally Cheeky for Katandra trainer Jeff Gledhill and Shepparton reinsman Ben Gledhill in the Southern Cross Feed Pace for C1 class over 1755 metres.

Settling three back the markers from the extreme draw, Totally Cheeky was taken into the clear along the back straight to be three wide on the final bend and motored home to blowse Brother Francis along the sprint lane off the back of the leader and favourite Ilquello Veloce in the last stride, with Statelyness third after racing in the open. The mile rate 2-01.3.

Other winners on the 9 event card were : Shes Irresistable (Kari Males (Bolinda) – Scott Dyer) and Scarred (Ron Jewell (Ballarat) – Leigh Sutton).



Apache Speed



Radio Ga Ga

Totally Cheeky

Shes Irresistable



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