Day At The Track

Maryborough & Geelong meetings reviewed

03:37 PM 19 Dec 2012 NZDT
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Two harness racing meetings were conducted in Victoria on Wednesday December 19, with Maryborough racing in the afternoon and Geelong at night.

Popular Bendigonian Trevor Monk was successful with 8-Y-0 Sports Town/Could It Be gelding George Samuel in the McPhersons Printing Group Pacers Handicap for C2 or better class over 2190 metres at Maryborough on Wednesday.

Driven by Neil McCallum, George Samuel stepped safely from barrier four which was vastly different to the raging hot favourite Western Rockstar which galloped wildly from the pole.

Taking over from the noted sit/sprinter Bubble Art inside him shortly after the start, George Samuel led throughout to score from Bubble Art along the sprint lane by a half neck after the runner-up had every opportunity to run him down. Rojen Dream finished third from the breeze, while Western Rockstar after settling mid-field was wide coming to the home turn without ever looking likely. The mile rate 2-02.3 (last half 57.3).

Shelbourne trainer Michelle Eastman again used the services of Kate Gath to bring up two wins in succession with extremely talented Sundon/Insulated 5-Y-0 mare Aleppo Midas in the Seelite Windows & Doors Trotters Handicap for T2 or better class over 2190 metres at Maryborough.

Taking a mares concession, Aleppo Midas was a trifle slow to begin from the 30 metre mark, not being bustled to tack on to the main body of the field, with the roughie Miss Eliza leading.

Set alight mid-race, Aleppo Midas cruised to face the breeze at the bell, with Michael Bellman and Loveyougoodboy going with her and crossing to lead for the final circuit.

Coimadai trainer Adam Kelly and stable reinsman Gavin Lang made it two from two in Australia with 4-Y-0 Western Terror/Tuapeka Pocket mare Now Shezaterror taking the VHRSC Snowball Series 1st Semi-Final for C0 class over 2190 metres at Maryborough.

Once again beaten for speed from the pole, Now Shezaterror had sufficient room to move away from the inside shortly after the start as Be Cool scorched across the face of the field from outside the front row to lead with ease.

Settling mid-field in the running line, Lang gained a three wide trail racing for the bell on the back of The Dee Em Devil before parking in the open for the final circuit.

Proving much too classy for her rivals on turning, Now Shezaterror scored by 1.3 metres over Be Cool which battled on gamely, with Policious using the sprint lane off the back of the leader for a disappointing third. The mile rate 2-00.6.

Parwan's Jaime Madruga's smart 4-Y-0 D M Dilinger/Jaja gelding Amazing Kano scored an effortless victory in the Maryborough Gift New Years Day Pace for C1 class over 2190 metres.

Taking a concession for Zac Phillips, Amazing Kano led throughout from the pole in defeating Zamaye which trailed and Drunken Desire (one/one last lap - three wide home turn) in a rate of 2-02.2.

At Geelong, former "King of the Kids" Peter Manning snared the Murder Mystery Night Enquiries 2-Y-0 Pace over 1609 metres with Ponder/Lombo Regalia gelding Adam Cartwright in a mile rate of 2-00.3.

Driven by daughter Kerryn, Adam Cartwright coming off a second on debut at Bendigo two weeks earlier was given a sweet passage one/one from a solo second line draw.

Easing three wide in the final circuit to join Dashing Dan Lombo which has raced parked approaching the home turn, Adam Cartwright was too strong over the concluding stages for Dashing Dan Lombo on debut, with Falcon Kingdom third after an early mistake.

The victory proved a "Bonanza" for favourite punters as Adam Cartwright was backed into a short priced $1.80 favourite.

Promising Yankee Spider/Miss Dizzy filly Dizzyinterest bred and raced by Kevin Riseley's Sheron Park was successful in the APG Yearling Sale 3rd February 3-Y-0 Trotters Handicap over 2100 metres.

Coming off an eye catching second behind stablemate Vics Cheval at Shepparton on December 4 when making her race debut, Dizzyinterest trained at Avenel by David Aiken and driven by Chris Alford began best from barrier three to lead throughout, accounting for Bellmac Kody which trailed and Invasive (one/two - three wide last lap) in a respectable rate of 2-07.8.

One of the highlights at the Geelong fixture was a heat of the Vinmar Homes Vicbred Platinum Country Series G for C1 class (mares) over 2100 metres - the victor being beautifully bred Machin Out, a 4-Y-0 daughter of Mach Three and Out Swing N trained by Lance Justice.

Driven by Ellen Tormey a recipient of a concession, Machin Out was sent forward from gate six to cross Maybebaby (gate two) running into the back straight on the first occasion and rated to perfection, held too many guns at the finish for Royal Witness which raced in the open and Maybebaby in a rate of 2-00.3.

George Samuel

Aleppo Midas

Now Shezaterror

Amazing Kano

Adam Cartwright


Machin Out

by Len BAKER

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