Day At The Track

Locals lead the way with three winners

06:04 PM 13 Jan 2009 NZDT
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Terang in Victoria's Western District, held a terrific meeting on Tuesday January 13, with three winners coming from the area. Childers Cove's (Terang) McDowall family would have been doing plenty of celebrating at their local track, when 5-Y-0 Jet Laag/Classic Jubilee gelding Boomshakalaka scored in the Marquee Bookings Pace for C0 class over 1680 metres, paying Supertab odds of $14.90.

Trained by Ange McDowall and driven by Clare McDowall, Boomshakalaka starting from gate two on the second line was sent forward to park outside the pacemaker and favourite My Georgie Girl, before dashing clear on the home turn to win in a breeze from Hellovaparty off a three wide double trail and Prince Hana (one/one) in a brilliant 1-57.3 mile rate.

It was Boomshakalaka's 4th victory in 30 outings.


Terang's Kerry Clarke carrying the colours made famous a number of decades back by the great Welcome Advice, snared the Terang Co-Operative Pace for C3 & C4 class over 2180 metres with the tough 5-Y-0 Aces N Sevens/Lombo Minkin Pearls gelding Lombo Lumber Jack, giving owner Bob Cowan a much needed boost as his health hasn't been the best.

Sent forward from the dreaded outside front line to park outside the pacemaker Nagasaki Magoo, Lombo Lumber Jack's staying prowess came into vogue as he hit the front on the home turn.

Tackled shortly after by the hot favourite Waiona which had moved away from behind the leader to gain a split and momentarily hit the lead, Lombo Lumber Jack kept on giving to gain the day over Waiona and Hei Houdini (four wide on the home turn) in a 1-58.5 rate (last half mile 57.4 - quarter 28.7).


Four year old mare Landsita, a half sister to exciting open class performer Keayang Hanover, made a clean sweep of the Reichas Store Terang Pace Final for C0 class which qualified in the heats held a week earlier.

Trained at Terang by Marg Lee and driven by nephew Glen Craven, Landsita was trapped wide from outside the front line in the 2180 metre feature, before continuing to go forward and park outside the pacemaker Love You Cyprus.

Taking cover on Jilliby Fantasy which had been three wide from the outset at the bell, Landsita was given a little breather in the last lap, before giving chase to Jilliby Fantasy which despite the tough passage shot away approaching the home turn.

Knuckling down in fine style on turning, Landsita (Badlands Hanover/Melita) did best in the run to the wire to score over Jilliby Fantasy and Fancy Falcon in a 1-59.9 rate to make her record two from two.


Dick & Anne Box are great supporters of the Terang Club and the race named after them - The Dick & Anne Box Pace for C5 & C6 class over 2180 metres went the way of Lara trainer Dean Braun's ex-Kiwi 5-Y-0 stallion Star Of Tara.

Raced by staunch stable clients Vince & Maria Sanzaro, Star Of Tara driven by Chris Alford starting from a solo second line draw, wasted no time in going forward to arrest the front running away from the polemarker Francois.

Allowed to bowl, Star Of Tara was joined by the hot favourite Charisteas on the home turn and in a two horse duel all the way up the running, fought on bravely to score in a 1-59.1 rate (last half in a sizzling 55.7 - quarter 27.9), with Jilliby Prince third.


Great Western trainer Julieann Brumby also made a clean sweep of the Reichas Store Cobden Pace Final for C1 & C2 class over 2180 metres, when 4-Y-0 Jet Laag/Lisa mare Rebecca Don was successful.

On a night where horses drawn wide surprisingly figured in most finishes, Rebecca Don was sent forward from outside the front row to park outside the leader Ready Aim Fire where Daryl Douglas dictated the terms to suit.

Striding clear at the bell, Rebecca Don safely defied all challengers in defeating the heavily backed Echovale Ave which ran on late, with Longtan Spur third in an identical rate of 1-59.9.


Stawell trainer Owen Martin landed the Book For Cup Night Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2180 metres with Alsdash which broke his maiden status at start number 27.

Driven by Grant Campbell, Alsdash a 5-Y-0 Lake Hills Jeb/Beyond Me mare led throughout from barrier two in accounting for the 30 metre backmarker Hanginthere (one/three) and Starlight Fury (one/one) in 2-07.4.

Len Baker's Provincial Victoria

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