Day At The Track

Linda Lovegrace cruising through the classes

08:11 PM 25 Feb 2016 NZDT
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Linda Lovegrace
Linda Lovegrace when she was trained by Mark Purdon. She is now in the Kerryn Manning camp at Great Western.

Harness racing Breeders Crown placegetter Linda Lovegrace is shooting for three wins on the spin in tomorrow night’s Harness Breeders Victoria Ian Daff Memorial at Tabcorp Park Melton.

The Kerryn Manning-trained four-year-old mare, who placed in a Breeders Crown final last year, is working her way through the grades, winning at Charlton and Swan Hill at her last two outings.


With 14 race wins and stakes north of a quarter of a million dollars she’s proving a handy earner.

“She’s always been very consistent,” Manning said.

“She’s been working her way through the classes but it’s getting a lot harder now.”

Linda Lovegrace has drawn barrier six over 1720m tomorrow night, a “tricky draw” according to Manning, but the punters are still likely to install her favourite.

“I might drive her a bit more quietly,” Manning said. “There looks to be a fair bit of speed on the front line.”

Polemarker Ithappenstbeametro, Chilled Desire (gate three), Wow Shes Smooth (four), Lovelist (seven), Milly Perez (eight) and Steam Washed (10) will all be in the market in what looks a tricky quaddie first leg.


2006    $15,000    Ball Gown (John Justice) FT    2100m    MS    2:01.0    
2007    $14,000    Apennyspent (Kerryn Manning) FT    2100m    MS    1:59.4    
2009    $20,000    Very Chic NZ (Kerryn Manning) FT    2100m    MS    1:58.6    
2010    $20,000    Pacific Charm (Lisa Miles) FT    2240m    MS    1:59.1    
2011    $20,000    Broadways Best (Chris Alford) FT    2240m    MS    1:59.2    
2012    $20,000    Yankee Dream NZ (Greg Sugars) FT    2240m    MS    1:56.9
2013    $20,000    Repelem (Ryan Hryhorec) FT    1720m    MS    1:53.8    
2014    $20,275    Victoria May NZ (Alison Chisholm) FT    1720m    MS    1:54.3    
2015    $20,275    Just Cala NZ (Amanda Turnbull) FT    1720m    MS    1:55.4

by Cody Winnell

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