Day At The Track

Reinswomen Clare McDowall lands a double

01:30 PM 23 Nov 2009 NZDT
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The Terang Harness Racing Club in Victoria's Western District was the venue for Monday afternoon racing and locals dominated the seven event card, with young Childers Cove reinswoman Clare McDowall landing a double, Terang's Kerry Clarke a winner and Kolora trainer Barry Beasley also victorious.

Clare McDowall's double came up in the first two races on the program, with 4-Y-0 Jet Laag/Princess Mac gelding Weerook Jet taking the Squires Supermarket Pace for C0 class over 2180 metres and Third Tee the Barastoc Pace for C1 class over the same journey.

Weerook Jet trained by Barry Beasley just down the road from the track, was sent forward from gate five to park outside the poleline pacemaker One Bad Dude and outstayed his rivals to score in a rate of 2-04.4 over Larrikin Ace (three wide from last in the final circuit) and One Bad Dude which led, while Third Tee a cleverly named 5-Y-0 gelded son of Tiger Woods and Jakarra enjoyed a charmed passage from a solo second line draw on the back of the poleline leader and hot favourite Lola Bromac, before darting along the sprint lane to gain the major prize over the pacemaker and Athleticism which faced the breeze in a rate of 2-04.

Kerry Clarke's very strong 6-Y-0 Aces N Sevens/Lombo Minkin Pearls gelding Lombo Lumber Jack raced by Sharon Cowan, found the lead shortly after the start from gate four and once at the head of affairs, was almost a moral as he usually has to do it hard in his races.

Setting a steady speed, Lombo Lumber Jack returned a mile rate of 2-00 (last half mile 57.9 - quarter 29) in accounting for Kevin Brough's Dontwantano (one/one from the bell) and Mister Rhys which raced in the open for the final circuit to bring up his 13th victory in 63 outings.

Double for Broughy

Heywood trainer/driver Kevin Brough is no stranger to Terang meetings and chalked up a stable double with Fancy Falcon in the Reichas Stores Pace for C2 & C3 class over 2180 metres and Go Girlfriend in the Wheatsheaf Hotel Pace for C1 class over the same trip.

5-Y-0 Falcon Seelster/Honey Franco mare Fancy Falcon coming off a victory at Adelaide's Globe Derby Park a week earlier, spent most of the race from inside the second line bottled up three back along the markers, before gaining a late split on turning.

Sprouting wings when clear, Fancy Falcon at Supertab odds of $15.20 nailed the heavily supported Dougie Ray (three wide from last at the bell and four wide home turn) in the shadows of the post, with Fernleigh Raider third after running along in front after spearing away from gate three.

The mile rate 1-59.1.

Go Girfriend also a 5-Y-0 mare, was driven forward from gate four to park outside the pole marker Problem Solved which led, before taking a trail on Indi Rose which was trapped wide from gate five.

Easing three wide on the final bend, Go Girlfriend rattled home on straightening to register a runaway victory in advance of Ultimate Tycoon along the sprint lane off the back of the leader, with Devilsliveinside out wide from four back the markers in a rate of 2-03.

Back in the winners list

Kiwi bred 6-Y-0 gelding Charisteas registered his first success for almost 12 months, when victorious in the Dick & Anne Box Pace for C4 & C5 class over 2180 metres.

Trained at Rowsley by Allan McDonough and driven by Daryl Douglas, Charisteas (Iraklis/Lavra Armalight) was restrained from gate six to possie closer to last than first in the moving line, with the well backed Elrae Night leading from gate four.

Gaining a beaut ride home in the final circuit on the back of the favourite Ponchartrain from three back in the moving line, Douglas eased Charisteas wide on straightening and he finished full of running to defeat Another Holmes which trailed on turning after being on the back of the leader at one stage to give the Bacchus Marsh area the quinella, with Ponchartrain a disappointing third in a rate of 1-59.5.

Len BAKER

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