Day At The Track

Birthday surprise for Kylie Watson

11:28 PM 20 Sep 2010 NZST
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What a 29th birthday it turned out to be for Sunbury part-owner Kylie Watson on Monday September 20th, when Camsplace Dexter, her second venture into the ownership of a horse, scored in the Crameri Export Quality Chaff Pacers Handicap for C1 or better class over 2190 metres harness racing meeting at Maryborough.

Trained at Lara (Geelong) by Dean Braun and driven by Chris Alford, Camsplace Dexter a Kiwi bred 8-Y-0 gelded son of D M Dilinger and Dream Century having his second start on Australian soil began safely from barrier two on the 10 metre line to possie three back in the moving line, with the polemarker Howzat Fire leading out from last start Bendigo winner Day In Lieu which had stepped away fast from the 10 metre mark.

Sent forward in the back straight on the first occasion, Camsplace Dexter had little difficulty in obtaining the lead and bowled along at his leisure.

Joined at the bell by Boy From Ipanema from mid-field in the moving line, the pair raced head and head into the final bend, however when asked for an effort on straightening, Camsplace Dexter left his rivals lamenting to easily account for Howzat Fire which tried hard to no avail, with Fernleigh Raider (three wide last lap) third.

Running his last half mile in 56.4 - quarter 28.1, Camsplace Dexter returned a mile rate of 2-03.4 for the journey in registering his first success since greeting the judge at Forbury Park Dunedin on July 3, 2008.

Kilmore part-owner/trainer/driver Charlene Gusman's 4-Y-0 Art Major/Daring Class mare Shes Norma Jean chalked up her third success in taking the McPhersons Printing Group Pace for C0 class over 2190 metres at “The Borough in a rate of 2-01.6.

Given a lovely trip one/one from a solo second line draw, Shes Norma Jean was eased three wide on the home turn and ran home strongly to gain the day in advance of Coco Cullen (one/two) and Ruby My Love which trailed the weakening pacemaker and stablemate Spring To Life.

Honest 5-Y-0 Village Jasper/Windchill gelding Gentle Force returned to the winners list when successful in the Ron & Lorraine Emerson Pacers Handicap for C1 or better class over 2190 metres.

Trained at Parwan by Jaime Madruga and driven by next door neighbour Jodi Quinlan, Gentle Force was slowly away from a lone second line draw, settling at the tail of the field.

Latching on to the back of Allegra (last on the markers) in the three wide line at the bell, Gentle Force enjoyed a great ride home, pulling five and six wide on the home turn.

Finishing full of running, Gentle Force nailed the front runner Mickie James in the shadows of the post to score in a 2-03.7 rate, with Seymourjasper a game third after beginning badly and circling the field to race in the open.

It was Gentle Force's first victory in just over 12 months.

Melton trainer/driver Ken Tippet produced the “drive of the day” to land the Bob Osborne Pace for C1 & C2 class (mares) over 1690 metres in a slick 1-58.7 with Our Sir Vancelot/Vienna Knight 6-Y-0 It Happens A Lot..

Starting from gate three on the second line, It Happens A Lot possied four back in the runnng line, moving to be three back approaching the home turn.

Switching to the inside on straightening, It Happens A Lot charged home along the sprint lane to snare the major prize over Keepers Daughter off the back of the weakening leader Davids Lady, with Chick Rustler (four back the markers) third.

Len BAKER

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