Day At The Track

Good day for Dyer at Warragul

12:54 PM 11 Jun 2009 NZST
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Warragul Harness Racing Club Inc.

Two meetings were held in Victoria on Thursday June 11, with Warragul in Gippsland racing in the afternoon and Terang in the Western District at night. Romsey reinsman Scott Dyer enjoyed a profitable "pay day" at Warragul, after driving three winners during the afternoon - Gordons Ville in the MHRC Pace, Palais Du Louvre the Gippsland Septic Tanks 2-Y-0 Pace and Flighttonully the Drouin Signs Pace.

Gordons Ville (Safely Kept/Adoraville) led throughout in the C0 class over 1785 metres in accounting for Master Vision and Smallboyinthecrowd, while stablemate Flighttonully (Flight N Irish/The Nulla Flyer) led for the majority of the 2205 metre trip after being handed the front running by stablemate Pace Aville.

Palais Du Louvre a gelding by Safe And Sound from The Perfect Mona trained in Romsey by Leigh Miles making his race debut was by far the most impressive winner of the day.

Restrained from gate six, Palais Du Louvre was severly checked by a galloping Thrills And Spills shortly after the start, eventually settling three back in the moving line.

Easing three wide at the bell, Palais Du Louvre was able to drop in for a short breather one/one in the last lap on the back of I Look A Lot, before again moving three wide on the home turn.

Finishing brilliantly, Palais Du Louvre raced clear on turning over the 1785 metre journey to score from another first starter in Grins Rendition which ran on nicely and Spiral Jet in a rate of 2-00.7 (last half 59.6 - quarter 30.1).

Astute Longwarry trainer Lee Evison who at one stage did time with Barry Purdon in New Zealand, landed the Neerim South Quarry Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2205 metres with the very risky 4-Y-0 Sundon/Snoopy's Revenge gelding Johncarlo who had been placed only once in 17 outings prior to the race.

Driven by Chris Alford, Johncarlo jumped straight to the front from barrier two as the tapes released and trotted to perfection in toying with his rivals to run out an easy 12 metre victory in advance of Imsoclassy which trailed and Star Spangled Rama in a 2-07.4 rate.

The Terang meeting featured further heats of the time honoured Melton Saddlery Tontine Pacers Series for C2 to C4 class over 2180 metres.

Heat three went to Lance Justice's Courage Under Fire/Coastwatch 3-Y-0 gelding Coastal who chalked up his 9th victory in 26 outings.

Bred and raced by Courage Under Fire's owner Greg Brodie, Coastal flew way from gate six to lead throughout in impressively accounting for Godine Diligent and Jaccka Sandy in 1-59.2.

Heat four was taken out by another Kiwi bred Courage Under Fire three year old in Rowan Direct, a son of Rowan Countess (Payson's Direct) in 2-01.

Trained by Allan McDonough and driven by Chris Alford, Rowan Direct began with a wing on every foot to lead from outside the front row in defeating Bigbang Nitro which trailed using the sprint lane to no avail, with Dougie Ray third off a one/one passage.

The final heat for the night (Heat Five) saw victory go to the Glenn Douglas trained and Daryl Douglas driven ex-Kiwi 4-Y-0 Falcon Seelster/Loving Touch gelding Our Madagascar which had been doing his racing in the Northern part of the state at Mildura and Nyah.

Settling four back along the markers from inside the second line, Our Madagascar moved a spot closer at the bell when Top Of The Wave was eased away from the inside.

Using inside runs from the home turn, Our Madagascar finished best along the sprint lane to defeat the pacemaker Our Cullen making his Australian debut by a head, with Partywiththedevil third after trailing the pacemaker.

The mile rate 2-01.7.

Riddell's Vince Vallelonga was a winner at Terang when Colours Of Lombo, a gelded son of Modern Art and Chloe Lombo snared the 1st Heat of the rich Vicbred Super Series for 2-Y-0 Colts & Geldings over 2180 metres in a rate of 2-02.2.

Given a cosy trip from the pole by John Caldow on the back of the leader Ubringthedrinks, Colours Of Lombo was shuffled back a spot in the last lap when Bohemiam Lombo which had raced in the open crossed the leader.

Using the sprint lane on turning, Colours Of Lombo at Supertab odds of $35.90 blowsed Large Aslife Lombo out wide by half a neck on the wire, with Malibu Grin third after being three wide from the bell.

Len BAKER

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