Day At The Track

Punters left scratching heads in disbelief

07:29 AM 18 Jun 2012 NZST
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Gee Mae really upset the apple cart
Gee Mae really upset the apple cart - in the second race Charlton, paying more than $81 to win.

Harness racing was conducted at Charlton in Central Victoria on Monday June 18, with most winners well supported, however the result of the Bayswater Jayco 2-Y-0 Pace over 2100 metres left punters scratching their heads in disbelief, when $81.60 chance Gee Mae greeted the judge.

Trained at Shelbourne (Marong) by Larry Eastman for the Connelly's from nearby Birchip, Gee Mae with Neil McCallum in the sulky led from the pole, with the odds-on favourite Bliss Man on debut for Andy and Kate Gath being sent forward after racing roughly at the start from gate four to park in the open.

Surging clear along the back straight on the final occasion, Bliss Man looked all over a winner, with Gee Mae easing to the outside on the home turn.

Coming again in the straight, Gee Mae a daughter of D M Dilinger and Ballapur making her third race appearance, overpowered the favourite to score by 4.1 metres in a rate of 2-01.7, with another first starter Idle Hands third after trailing the winner.

Neil McCallum provided a long shot double after guiding the Troy Raven (Stawell) trained 7-Y-0 Peace Of Art/Bubblegum mare Bubble Art to victory in the Dunlop Super Dealers Pacers Handicap for C1 or better class over 2100 metres.

Taking a mares concession, Bubble Art ($25.00) enjoyed a sweet passage from barrier three trailing the pole line leader Myrniong Panorama, using the sprint lane to score from Tripleowe (one/one) and Myrniong Panorama in a rate of 2-02.1.

Ever reliable Yankee Paco/Petite Flair gelding Mister Pepe chalked up a well deserved victory in the Bendigo Bank 3-Y-0 Trotters Handicap over 2100 metres.

Bred and raced by Kilmore residents Kevin and Faye Waller, Mister Pepe trained and driven by Kilmore's Rita Burnett showed his customary speed from barrier five as the tapes released to lead before running his rivals ragged to score by 2.3 metres in advance of Family Decision which trailed and the roughie Telern Tiger in a rate of 2-06.1.

Monegeeta co-trainers Lisa and David Miles produced former South Australian 4-Y-0 Wagon Apollo/Gale Blazer gelding Chuck Wagon to land the Charlton & District Community Bank Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2100 metres when having his first start for the stable.

Driven by David who allowed the horse to find his feet from the 10 metre mark, settling mid-field in the moving line, Chuck Wagon was set alight three wide racing for the bell and although trapped wide for the final circuit, dashed away prior to the home turn.

Holding a margin to the wire, Chuck Wagon was impressive in defeating Atego Lilly from near last at the bell by 11.2 metres, with the favourite Sir Pegasus (four wide last lap from the rear) third in a rate of 2-04.7.

Hoest Life Sign/Dreamworks gelding One Wise Man snared the Charlton Vicbred Trophy for Three Year Olds 3C0 & 3C1 over 2100 metres in a rate of 2-00 even.

Trained and driven by Ararat's Michael Bellman, One Wise Man from the pole possied three back along the markers, with Purple Village taking over at the head of affairs from the roughie Life Of Ted which flew away from gate five.

Gaining an inside passage on turning, One Wise Man finished best to tip out Our Of Morals (one/one - three wide home turn) by a half head in a tricky finish, with Purple Village only weakening in the shadows of the post to be 1.3 metres away in third place.

Michael Bellman made it two for the day, when successful aboard the Vince Costa (Woorinen - Swan Hill) trained ex-Kiwi 4-Y-0 gelding Uncle Wingnut in the $5000 Donald HRC Pace Final for C1 class over 2100 metres.

A winner of his heat a week earlier when leading for the greater portion of the journey, Uncle Wingnut on this occasion settled four back in the moving line after starting from gate two on the second line.

Cruising up to the leaders three wide in the last lap, Uncle Wingnut (Christian Cullen/Paula's Way) had the race in his keeping a long way from home as he coasted to the wire 3.7 metres ahead of Mystic Power Lombo which ran on well when clear of a pocket after following the weakening leader Bettor Move, with Smokinoff third after trailing the winner home. The mile rate 1-58.9.

A winner of three in his homeland, Uncle Wingnut has raced on 17 occasions for five victories.

Popular Bendigonian Trevor Monk landed the Charlton Harness Training Complex Vacancies Available Pace for C3 & C4 class over 1609 metres with 4-Y-0 Red River Hanover/River Radio gelding Red Riverbed.

Driven by Scott Dyer, Red Riverbed (gate four) raced in the open throughout, shadowing the pacemaker Reefs Achievement (gate three) who surprisingly wanted to retain the front running.

Taking a slender lead on turning, Red Riverbed defied a strong challenge by Johnny Tee (three wide home turn) to score by half head in 1-57.9, with The Left Arm Quick using the sprint lane for third off the back of the pacemaker.

Kerryn Manning's smart 3-Y-0 Art Major/Petticoat Tales colt Night Affair recorded an easy all of the way victory in the Charlton Harness Training Complex Inspections Welcome Pace for C0 class over 2100 metres, winning untouched from Mourinho (three back the markers) along the sprint lane and Shaka The Baker which trailed the winner. The mile rate 2-01.

It was Night Affair's 5th success in 25 outings.

by Len BAKER

Gee Mae upseeting the apple cart in the second race at Charlton today (Monday June 18):

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