Day At The Track

Double for Mark Thompson at Echuca meet

08:13 AM 03 Jul 2013 NZST
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Ellen Tormey
Ellen Tormey

Rochester's Mark Thompson has enjoyed a great run with his pacers, especially over the past decade or so and snared a stable double at his local track Echuca on Tuesday July 2, with Lies and Drunken Desire winning their respective races, both handled to perfection by stable reinsperson Ellen Tormey.

Total Truth/Karamea Toastime filly Lies who was an eye catching second on debut at Kilmore a week earlier, lived up to that run when a convincing victor of the Biggest Blokes BBQ Here 14 October 2-Y-0 Pace over 1755 metres.

Starting from inside the second line, Lies a half sister to champion mare Jadah Rose (Totally Ruthless) and Karalta Shine (Forrest Skipper) followed the poleline leader Pushinupdaisies, before moving away from the markers to race in the open for the final circuit.

Cruising to the front on the home turn, Lies had little difficulty in holding off all challengers, scoring by 6.5 metres in advance of Devil Dust (three back the markers - three wide home turn) and Azumah The Boomer which trailed the runner up on the final bend. The mile rate 2-00.2.

Four year old Real Desire/Zora Paree gelding Drunken Desire (gate two on the second line) moved to be one/one mid-race, before surging clear on the home turn in defeating Cullen Hanover which led from the pole before taking a trail on Spiral Jet, with Ballandella Baby third after facing the breeze and crossing to the front in the last lap.

A winner of nine races from 36 outings, Drunken Desire returned a mile rate of 2-01.3.

Elmore trainer Keith Cotchin combined with son Jake to land a re-run of the Echuca Moama Storage Pace for C1 class over 1755 metres with honest 5-Y-0 Dream Away/La Meriah gelding The Numbers Man, but not before giving his supporters cause for concern.

Leading out on the first occasion from gate two, the field came to a sudden halt after a nasty fall on the first turn involving both Hangi and Another Jay Jay.

Again leading out on the second occasion, The Numbers Man led throughout in defeating Saint Liliana along the sprint lane by a head after trailing from the pole in a rate of 2-00.2, with Statelyness (one/one - three wide last lap) third.

unters were left lamenting when 5-Y-0 Artesian/Troubleinthedesert gelding Artesian Bore greeted the judge in the Moama Bowling Club Pace for C0 class over 2160 metres paying Supertab odds of $30.20.

Trained at Sebastian by Clem Stanaway, Artesian Bore which had been placed only three times in 33 previous outings possied three back along the markers from the pole, with the well backed Maharaja Lombo leading from gate three.

Eased away from the inside by Chris Alford to be three wide on the final bend, Artesian Bore finished best to register a head victory in 2-01.3 over Lifelong Voyage which faced the breeze from the bell, with Maharaja Lombo weakening for third 4.2 metres away.

Junortoun trainer Kent Harpley snared the Dinki Di Houseboats 3-Y-0 Pace over 2160 metres with Wally Walton/Village Rumour colt Cardon Merger in a rate of 2-02.5.

Driven by Daryl Douglas, Cardon Merger led throughout from gate four to score from Lombo Mini Lamouch (three back the markers) and the favourite Owen John which raced in the open.

Shepparton's Pat Pellegrino used the services of Chris Alford aboard 7-Y-0 Camcracker/Malibu Lace gelding Whatacracker to land the Christies Welding Pace for C2 & C3 class over 2160 metres.

Easily retaining the inside running from the pole, Whatacracker was never in any danger, coasting to the wire 4.5 metres ahead of Mark Thompson's Hes Real which trailed and My Mums A Star (one/three - three wide last lap) in a rate of 2-03.4.

Lemnos father and son - Russell and Nathan Jack d an easy victory with 4-Y-0 Life Sign/Alcol mare Classic Life in the Become A Member 201314 Vicbred Pace for C1 class over 2160 metres.

Taking a mares concession, Classic Life was allowed to dawdle at the head of affairs from gate three, before kicking away in the straight to score from Son Of Sassy (one/one - three wide last lap) and Sita Khan which followed the winner in a pedestrian mile rate of 2-07.3.

Lancaster trainer/driver Carmel Belot loves competing at Echuca and was successful with 4-Y-0 Sundon/Sorry Hall gelding Sans Frontiere in the Add Print Trotters Handicap for T1 or better class over 2530 metres.

Beginning brilliantly from 10 metre to lead, Sans Frontiere was restrained to take cover on Mosquito Spur, before using the spring lane to dash away in the straight, scoring by 3.3 metres over Mosquito Spur and Beefour in a rate of 2-10.3.

by Len BAKER

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