Day At The Track

NSW Border Hopper takes Cobram Final

11:00 AM 06 May 2013 NZST
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Gavin Lang
Gavin Lang

There is usually a plethora of NSW visitors at most Cobram meetings and such was the case again on Monday May 6 when the Wagga Wagga 4-Y-0 D M Dilinger/Rose Of Sharon gelding Stuart greeted the judge in the $5000 Cobram Lions Club Pace Final for C0 class over 1670 metres which qualified in the heats held at the Kyabram fixture at Echuca on April 28.

Trained and driven by Shane Hallcroft who is no stranger to Victorian meetings, Stuart had luck go his way after settling three back along the markers from gate two, with Rogues Reward leading from gate six for the Douglas team and the hot favourite Shifty Shivas leading the outside division.

When the leader galloped in the last lap veering wide, Maybe Better which was trailing the pacemaker gained a saloon passage to lead, with Stuart hard on his back.

Using the sprint lane, Stuart was able to nose out a game Shifty Shivas in a mile rate of 1-59.2, with Maybe Better 2.6 metres away in third place after having every chance.

A winner at Albury on March 23, Stuart has fronted the starter on 21 occasions for 3 wins.

Narrandera trainer Shaun Snudden combined with stable "apprentice" Paul Diebert to capture the Soroptimists International Cobram Barooga Pace for C0 class over 1670 metres with Ponder/Allfake filly Thinking Of You, bringing up her 6th victory for the season by leading throughout from the pole to blitz her rivals in 1-58.3 over Foyer which trailed and Rocket Seal which switched down to the sprint lane from three back the moving line.

Thinking Of You was making her 11th appearance at the races.

Astute Invergordon trainer Ian Ward brought up two wins in succession and eight overall with 5-Y-0 Pacific Fella/Vivacia gelding What A Fine Fella who landed the Moira Shire Pace for C2 to C4 class over 2170 metres.

Driven by Gavin Lang who has been making regular visits to the provincial area's this season, What A Fine Fella from gate four was restrained at the start to settle four back along the markers, easing off the inside to momentarily race parked approaching the bell, before gaining cover when Jordie Louise moved forward three wide to race outside the leader Twindet.

Taken three wide on the final bend, What A Fine Fella cruised to the front in the straight, scoring by 6.1 metres in a rate of 1-59 from Jordie Louise which fought on gamely, with Hezfullarunning (four wide home turn) third.

Leeton gelding Royal Canvas (Royal Mattjesty/Art Allover) was an easy victor of the Cobram-Barooga Apex Club 3-Y-0 Pace over 2170 metres in a rate of 2-01.5 in an all NSW trifecta.

Driven by Shepparton's Nathan Jack for trainer Bill Trembath, Royal Canvas flew away from gate four to lead and with no pressure being applied for the entire race, kicked away on straightening to record a 3.1 metre margin over Wongalea Bingo which shadowed him all of the way after starting next door. Royal Direction finished third after trailing the winner and using the sprint lane to no avail.

by Len BAKER

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