Day At The Track

Pacing and Trotting Championships continue

02:04 AM 19 Jan 2012 NZDT
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Kerryn Manning
Kerryn Manning
Duane Ranger photo

Charlton north of Bendigo was the venue for Wednesday (Janauary 18) harness racing which featured further heats of the Central Victorian Pacing and Trotting Championships.

Parwan pair Frank Cauchi (trainer) and Allan McDonough (driver) landed the 3rd Heat of the Central Victorian Pacing Championship for C2 or better class over 2100 metres with 5-Y-0 Young Rufus/Exotic Flash gelding Mister Rufus.

In what was a tough performance, Mister Rufus coming from the 10 metre mark was sent forward to race outside the pacemaker Untraceable for the majority of the journey.

Under extreme pressure at the straight entrance, Mister Rufus refused to give in and in a slugging finish, prevailed by a half head in 2-02 to defeat Untraceable, with Shakatomic running on from last to finish third.

Kyabram part-owner/trainer Robert Shellie’s smart 4-Y-0 Elsu/Howdoyudo gelding Theywannacallmesue resumed from a let up to capture the 3rd Heat of the Central Victorian Trotting Championship for T0 or better class over 2570 metres.

Driven by Kerryn Manning, Theywannacallmesue having his first outing since August, led virtually throughout from barrier four in accounting for Donkiri which raced outside him, with Mister Scorcher (three wide last lap) third. The mile rate 2-07.

Shelbourne’s Larry Eastman snared the Charlton & District Community Bank Pace for C0 class over 2100 metres at Charlton on Wednesday with honest Birchip owned 4-Y-0 D M Dilinger/Calling All Angels gelding Johny Rondo in a rate of 1-59.8.

Driven by Neil McCallum, Johny Rondo from gate five led for most of the trip in accounting for Pinevale Willpower which raced in the open from the bell, with The Husk (three back the markers last lap) running home late for third.

Echuca’s Lindberg family (Peter, Phyllis and Steve) have been having a lucky run of late with their home bred products and were successful with 4-Y-0 Dawn Ofa New Day/I Like Sunshine mare Kanyapellasunshine on debut in the Buloke Shire Pace for C0 class (mares) over 2100 metres.

Starting from the coveted pole, Kanyapellasunshine trailed the leader from the gate Nolagalile (gate three), before being shuffled to be four back the markers after the lead changed several times.

Extricated into the clear on straightening by Steven, Kanyapellasunshine rattled home at 100 miles an hour to blowse Nolagalile along the sprint lane by a half head in 2-01.1, with Galeforce Grin which trailed the pacemaker Elle Jasper at the bell third after moving away from the markers on the home turn.

Lemnos trainer Russell Jack took advantage of a concession for Charlton’s Ellen Tormey to capture the Harness Breeders (Vic) Pace for C1 & C2 class (mares) over 1609 metres with Summa Of Dreams, a 5-Y-0 daughter of Live Or Die and Touch Of Silk.

Never better than three wide solo for the entire trip from gate five, Summa Of Dreams raced clear in the straight to score in a rate of 1-57.5 over Waterslide off her back and Tagging along the sprint lane after trailing the weakening leader La Sacre Bleu.

Len BAKER

Summa Of Dreams winning the richest race ($5,500) at the seven-race Charlton meeting:

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