Day At The Track

Local area continues to provide winners

10:51 PM 24 Feb 2011 NZDT
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Thursday's (February 24) Tabcorp Park Melton harness racing fixture belonged to the local area, with Gary Hoban, Alison Chisholm, Anthony Spiteri and Maree Caldow all providing winners. Toolern Vale's Gary Hoban combined with son Craig to land the TP Melton 3-Y-0 Pace over 2240 metres with Allamerican Theory/Moneypenny gelding Fifty Large, leading throughout to score from Mae Milton and the red-hot favourite Gottahavasheffield in a rate of 2-01.6.

Melton trainer/driver Alison Chisholm was successful with Kiwi bred Grinfromeartoear/New York On Sunday gelding Asoka in the Vermont Panels 3-Y-0 Pace over 2240 metres.

Given a lovely trip from the pole trailing the pacemaker Break Of Nite, Asoka made full use of the sprint lane to gain the day in advance of the leader, with Im The Liberator third after racing in the open from the bell. The mile rate in an all district trifecta was 2-00.9.

Rockbank trainer Anthony Spiteri snared the Decron Horse Care Trotters Mobile for T0 & T1 class over 2240 metres with the roughie My Girl Sunny ($41.40).

Driven by Gavin Lang, My Girl Sunny from gate three settled three back along the markers, with the almost unbackable favourite Djasker leading from the pole.

Never going round a runner, My Girl Sunny a 5-Y-0 daughter of Sundon and My Girl Milly charged home along the sprint lane to blowse Djasker in the shadows of the post, with Jackbegood third. The mile rate 2-06.2.

Maree and John Caldow brought up two wins in succession with Pacific Fella/Superior Stature 4-Y-0 gelding Cruisin Fella in the Junction Tabaret Pace for C1 class over 2240 metres, leading throughout from gate two in a 2-00.6 mile rate over Sakwi along the sprint lane from three back the markers,with What Am I third after trailing the winner.

On Thursday evening at Geelong only 50 minutes away, the Melton district continued to supply the winners :

Rockbank's Joe Cassar would have been all smiles following the victory of Revonez/Boundary Flyer gelding Chanels Charm in the $5,000 Al's Star Signage 3-Y-0 Pace Final over 2100 metres.

Driven by an in-form Darren Pace, Chanels Charm from gate three raced in the open throughout, proving too strong at the business end of proceedings for the dead-heaters Elite Shiraz off a three wide trail from last, and Dalmont Rose which led. The mile rate 2-03.2.

Rockbank's Jason Carabott snared the $5,000Tabsportsbet Pace Final for C1 & C2 class over 2100 metres at Geelong with ex-New Zealand 8-Y-0 gelding Camsplace Dexter.

Again with Rhys Nicholson in the sulky, Camsplace Dexter (D M Dilinger/Dream Century) was beaten for speed from the pole, angling away from the inside in the first lap to possie three back in the moving line.

Easing wide in the final circuit, Camsplace Dexter despite being off the track on the final bend, ran home strongly to score from the pacemaker Shes Norma Jean and Glory Jasper along the sprint lane after trailing the leader in a rate of 2-01.2.

Jason only purchased the horse three weeks back and had had an instant return of half his outlay, winning both the heat and final.

Lance Justice has 5-Y-0 Live Or Die/Ok Medley gelding Winnies Central airborne at present, rating 1-59.5 to capture the SEW-Eurodrive Pace for C3 & C4 class over 2100 metres, leading throughout from gate two in accounting for Sunnivue Caesar which trailed using the sprint lane to no avail and Jar Zinyo (one/one).

Len BAKER

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