Day At The Track

Cobram and Terang last meetings of season

06:05 PM 31 Aug 2009 NZST
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Victoria hosted two harness racing meetings to finish off season 2008/09 on Monday August 31, with Cobram on the Murray holding the day fixture, while Terang in the Western District raced at night.

Goulburn Valley (Kaarimba) trainer Brian (Johnno) Johnstone has 5-Y-0 Yentles Image/Duel Scotch mare Justcallmespecial racing well at present and notched up her 2nd victory when successful in the De Maria Mitsubishi Trotters Mobile for T0 & T1 class over 2170 metres.

Driven by step-son Steven Duffy, Justcallmespecial was given the run of the race one/one from gate two on the second line, with Im Victor Trumper spearing across the face of the field from outside the front row to lead.

Easing three wide in the last lap of the big 1200 metre circuit, Justcallmespecial sprinted fast to lead on turning to defeat the pacemaker in a rate of 2-03.6, with Star Gun most unlucky in finishing third after being checked at the start by the galloping Mundaka.

Astute Riverina (Wagga Wagga) trainer Bernie Kelly has won numerous races in Victoria over the years and added another to the tally, when Sign Of Spring. a Life Sign/Spring Echelon gelding broke his maiden status at start number ten in the Benstud Standardbreds 2-Y-0 Pace over 2170 metres.

Driven on this occasion by Daniel Jack, Sign Of Spring spend most of the race parked from gate three outside the heavily backed leader Bachelor Lombo.

With the pressure being applied at the bell by Nathan Jack aboard Lovable Larrikin three wide, Bachelor Lombo raced erraticly and veered out, before going into a wild gallop, allowing Sign Of Spring to assume control for the final circuit.

Kicking clear on the home turn, Sign Of Spring careered away to win in a breeze over Sally Bliss out wide from mid-field, with The Pirates Parrot third in a rate of 2-01.6.

Seven year old What's Next/New Arrival gelding Strident just keeps on getting better with every outing and chalked up his 6th success (all this season) from 8 outings, when victorious in the Barooga Bakery Pace for C4 & C5 class over 2170 metres.

Trained at Elmore by Jenny Johnson and driven by Gavin Lang, Strident safely retained the inside running from the pole to lead throughout and although momentarily headed halfway up the running, came again to record a narrow but soft victory in advance of Get The Monet which trailed using the sprint lane to go down by a metre in 2-00.7, with Aubrey James third off a three wide trail in the last lap.

Trident is a full brother to prolific winners La Speranza (18) and Late Arrival (8) and half brother to Nudge (Torado Hanover - 19), Laser Edge (Pacific Fella - 10) Finders Fee (3) and the brilliant It Is I (Golden Greek - 19), as well as Shania Blue (Speed King - 6) and Walton Babe (Walton Hanover - 1).

The Terang meeting belonged to Sport 927 racecaller and part time reinsman Adam Crettenden, who landed a career best double aboard Maggie Truscott in the Apco Easy Shops Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2180 metres and Longtan Safari in the Timboon Motors Holden Dealer Pace for C4 & C5 class over the same journey.

Maggie Truscott a 6-Y-0 Noopy Kiosk/Truscotts Treasure mare trained at Great Western by Warren Bird, was given an easy time just off the speed from the 10 metre mark and when taken three and four wide on the home turn, finished full of running to score a head victory over Heart Of A Maori and Kept At Brushgrove in a rate of 2-07.8.

Six year old Safely Kept/Long Tan Gold gelding Longtan Safari trained at Mumbannar (South East South Australia) by Bruce Williams, brought up the double when chalking up his 13th success at start number 54.

Sent forward from the extreme draw to possie outside the leader Miami Rocket, Longtan Safari was given a breather through the middle stages when George Street Lad moved to face the open at the bell.

Eased wide on turning, Longtan Safari rushed home at a great rate to record a runaway victory in advance of George Street Lad and Kakasaki Magoo in 2-01.9.

Terang husband and wife John and Jesse Clarke landed the Timboon Motors Rodeo 3-Y-0 Pace over 1680 metres with Red River Hanover/Donna Sky gelding Djibouti in a slick 2-00.1.

Having his second outing this time in and 14th overall, Djibouti trained by Jesse and driven by John from the pole, was given the run of the race on the back of the leader Tapcracker drawn next to him, before using the sprint lane to just last from Whata Bluff out wide from near last at the bell, with Jilliby Bartel close up in third place after being three wide for the final circuit.

The Clarke's also race the horse, scooping all the spoils.

Laverton trainer Ron Comben combined with Lethbridge (Geelong) reinsman Mick Stanley to capture the Book For Cup Night 2-Y-0 Pace over 2160 metres with Grins Rendition, a most promising gelded son of Grinfromeartoear and Bellora Reign.

Enjoying an easy time one/one for most of the race, Grins Rendition was switched down to the sprint lane on turning and raced away over the concluding stages to register an easy victory from a death-seating Palermo and Jakarra Magic which led in 2-01.5.

Len Bakers Provincial Victoria

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