Day At The Track

Patsy Abrahams wins at Lord's Raceway

12:05 PM 04 Jan 2011 NZDT
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Bendigo Harness Racing Club

Tatura trainer Patsy Abrahams was in the winners stall at a very mediocre Graduation harness racing fixture held at Lord's Raceway Bendigo on Tuesday January 4, when smart 4-Y-0 Continentalman/Why Worry gelding Im Chilled scored in the Aldebaran Park Trotters Handicap for TR0 & TR1 class over 2150 metres.

First up since August, Im Chilled was away safely but slowly for Daryl Douglas from barrier two, settling four back in the moving line.

Commencing a forward move three wide uncovered in the last lap, Im Chilled’s quality prevailed over the concluding stages, defeating the roughie Smile No More which followed him home in a rate of 2-05.8, with Clinton McSwain’s honest mare Cherry Sweet using the sprint lane from three back the markers for third.

Both leaders Charlie Tee and Apollorita carved up on straightening.

Lockwood South duo Tony and Mary Dillon captured the Stallion Station 3-Y-0 Pace over 1650 metres with D M Dilinger/Calling All Angels gelding Johny Rondo in a rate of 1-58.

With Chris Alford in the sulky, Johny Rondo from the pole settled three back the markers, moving to the back of the leader Endorsement with a circuit to travel when Tony Peacock moved away from the inside to pressure the front runner.

Using the sprint lane, Johny Rondo hard driven nosed out Endorsement right on the wire, with Tallyho Bromac (four wide last lap) third.

Kilmore trainer/driver Rita Burnett brought up two wins in succession with Raw Diesel, a 4-Y-0 gelded son of D M Dilinger and Chance For Glory in the Garrard’s Horse & Hound Pace for R0 & R1 class over 2150 metres in 2-03.1.

A tear away leader when victorious at Cranbourne a week earlier, Raw Diesel on this occasion from gate six was held back to the field setting a much slower tempo.

Always on a tight rein, Raw Diesel kicked clear on straightening to easily hold his rivals at bay in accounting for Mystic Jewel (four wide home turn from last), with Dejayangel which trailed the winner third after making no impression along the sprint lane.

Melton based trainer “honest” Robbie O’Connell combined with Romsey freelance reinsman Scott Dyer to land the Hygain Pace for C1 & C2 class over 2150 metres with much improved Village Jasper/Furnished 6-Y-0 mare Opaque.

Leading out from gate two, Opaque bowled along freely and was never headed in coasting to the wire 4 metre in advance of Fragments from last in 1-59.1, with Greygrey off a three wide trail last lap third from mid-field in the moving line.

The stable was to make it a double when 8-Y-0 Northern Lights/Roundabout Lombo gelding Lombo Perpetrator greeted the judge in the Alabar Bloodstock Pace for C1 & C2 class over 2150 metres.

Taking a concession for Charlton’s Ellen Tormey, Lombo Perpetrator backed for bundles to run a $2.40 second elect, showed plenty of speed from outside the front row, but was unable to head off the speedy No Shanks (gate three), resulting in him having to race in the open throughout.

Exploding away on the final bend, Lombo Perpetrator treated his rivals with contempt to score by a 20 metre margin over My Name Is Su which trailed the pacemaker getting clear in plenty of time, with Storm Territory a further 8.3 metres away in third place.

The mile rate 2-00 even.

Shelbourne (Marong) trainer Larry Eastman and wife Lynette snared the quinella in the Petstock Pace for C1 & C2 class over 2150 metres with Kamwood Titan and Western Lover, but obviously not the way the stable wanted, as Kamwood Titan was a $11.30 chance, with Western Lover a heavily supported $2.20 favourite.

Again taking a concession for Ellen Tormey, Kamwood Titan spent most of the race one/one from gate four after Western Lover from the pole was crossed by the roughie Spaceman Bert, before moving to race in the open.

Surging to the front on the home turn, Western Lover was grabbed by Kamwood Titan right on the wire who registered a nose decision in a finish which tricked many, with Wendy Anne using the sprint lane from four back the markers for third.

A 7-Y-0 Astreos/Madam Kamwood gelding, Kamwood Titan returned e mile rate of 1-59.6.

The $5,000 Final of the C1 & C2 class event will be held at the Boort HRC meeting at Bendigo next Monday.

Len BAKER

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