Day At The Track

Radio City - Terang's most impressive winner

03:29 AM 27 May 2009 NZST
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Six year old Presidential Ball/New York On Sunday gelding Radio City was by far the most impressive winner at the Hamilton HRC meeting held at Terang on Tuesday May 26, taking out the Alexandra House Pace for C4 & C5 class over 2180 metres.

Trained at Lara (Geelong) by Dean Braun and driven by former Kiwi Ross Payne, Radio City was restrained from gate six to settle with most of the field ahead of him.

Sent forward when the pace eased to park outside the pacemaker Sigalas (gate one), Radio City travelled beautifully throughout the race, applying pressure to the leader approaching the home turn.

Given full rein on turning, Radio City raced clear and coasted to the wire to score from the heavily supported Ponchartrain (one/one) and Givitaname (three wide from last at the bell) in a mile rate of 2-00.6 (last half mile 57.5) to obliterate the track record of 2-04.6 set by the trotter Acacia Ridge in June 2006.

A former member of the John Justice team, Radio City racing in career best form has fronted the starter on 69 occasions for 8 wins and 16 placings.

BORDER HOPPER SUCCESS

Tarpeena (Mount Gambier) part-owner/trainer Andrew Gray combined with fellow South Australian Brent Howard to land the Grangeburn Office & IT Pace for C0 class over 1680 metres with 4-Y-0 Pacific Fella/Wimm gelding He Did It Again.

Slowly out from the pole, He Did It Again was able to hold the back of the leader and first starter River Breeze drawn next to him, receiving a soft trip.

Eased away from the markers to challenge on the final bend, He Did It Again finished best to score over River Breeze and Golden Sensation off a three wide trail in the last lap in a slick mile rate of 2-00.4.

NO PROBLEMS HERE

Stawell's Chris Blake and Maryborough reinsman Mark Hayes were victorious with promising filly Problem Solved in the Southern Grampians Shire 3-Y-0 Pace over 2180 metres.

A daughter of Jennas Beach Boy and the handy race mare Klinker, Problem Solved was taken back at the start from outside the front row to position well back in the running line, before making a three wide solo move forward racing for the bell.

Sustaining a long run, Problem Solved pulled out plenty at the business end of proceedings to defy a strong challenge from Jilliby Bartel which followed her home, winning by a nose only in 2-04.5, with Safely Loaded third after facing the breeze from the bell.

KING OF THE CASTLE

Hamilton brothers Ben and Mark Yole snared the Westvic Race Pix Pace for C0 class over 1680 metres with the ultra consistent 4-Y-0 Lake Hills Jeb/Dona Elena entire Duart Castle, a winner of two restricted grade races.

Given the run of the race from gate two on the back of the polemarker leader and hot favourite Dundee Flyer, Mark Yole utilized the sprint lane to perfection and Duart Castle raced clear over the concluding stages to defeat Testen The Water and Sapphire Island in a 2-00.2 rate.

TWO IN A ROW

Terang trainer Marianus Van Duynhoven and local young gun Glen Craven once again combined to capture the 3HA Ace Radio Pace for C1 class over 1680 metres with 4-Y-0 Embrace Me/Jades Melody gelding Springdam Embrace and in doing so, brought up two wins in succession.

Settling from gate two on the back of the leader Tosca Belle (gate four) after the hot favourite Northern Gem from the pole galloped running into the first turn, Springdam Embrace enjoyed a cosy passage and dashed home along the sprint lane to score from a death-seating Boomshakalaka to give Terang the quinella, with Im Bellas Fella third off a three wide double trail in the last lap.

The mile rate 2-01.9.

LOCAL VICTORY

Terang's Barry Beasley was a winner on his home track, when 4-Y-0 Dream Vacation/Fiduciary gelding Jim Gee Fletcher scored in the Mahncke Family Trotters Mobile for T0 & T1 class over 2180 metres.

Driven by Ararat based Michael Bellman, Jim Gee Fletcher from gate three was given every opportunity one/one trailing Classic Maple which shadowed the leader Stylish Dude.

When Classic Maple strode clear approaching the final bend, Jim Gee Fletcher was hard on his back and finished too well to prevail by a head right on the wire in a rate of 2-04.8, with Jaunt caoming from the tail of the field for third.

Len BAKER

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