Day At The Track

Smart filly returns with a stunning victory

02:01 PM 01 Mar 2011 NZDT
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Exciting Partywiththebigdog/Sarahs Sister filly Our Puddy resumed from a short break with an outstanding performance to land the Simmons Automotive 3-Y-0 Pace over 1710 metres at the Ballarat harness racing fixture held at Bray Raceway Ballarat on Tuesday March 1.

Raced by Neil Merola, trained at Lockwood (Bendigo) by Ron Wicks and driven by Jodi Quinlan, Our Puddy first up since a 3rd to champion filly Aussie Made Lombo at Tabcorp Park Melton on January 7 settled mid-field in the moving line after starting from gate three on the second line, with the pacemaker Secretive Lombo running along at the head of affairs.

Moving forward three wide in the final circuit, Our Puddy was slightly inconvenienced by the first starter Morala coming out ahead of her, resulting in Our Puddy having to go very wide on the final bend to give chase to the leader who kicked well clear on straightening.

Showing what a good filly she is, Our Puddy ran home powerfully to gain a 2 metre victory in 1-59.4 (last half 59.2 – quarter 30.1) over Secretive Lombo, with Equity Hall running on late from well back to be a further 2.5 metres back in third place.

With two wins and a third from only three race appearances, Our Puddy has a huge future ahead of her.

Ballarat CEO Paul Rowse captured the Creswick farmers Arms Hotel Pace for C1 class over 2200 metres with 6-Y-0 Island Fantasy/My Liberty Belle gelding The Red Opal.

Taking a concession for Terang’s Glen Craven, The Red Opal led throughout from the pole in easily accounting for Edward Strike which trailed giving the Ballarat area the quinella, with Blinkbonnieredbane third after following the pair.

The trotters took pride of place at the meeting, with three races dedicated to the natural world wide gait, the first being the GDP Transport Pty Ltd Trotters Handicap for T1 or better class over 2200 metres in which 6-Y-0 Keystone Salute/Possum Point gelding Country Cop scored an upset victory at Supertab odds of $59.40.

Trained and driven by Inverleigh’s Bob Kuchenmeister, Country Cop from barrier four led for most of the journey in defeating the hot favourite Ryans Commando who made two mistakes and was so meritorious in finishing only two metres in arreas, with the 20 metre backmarker Sports Fantasy third after circling the field shortly after the start to park outside the leader, before taking a one/one trail on Gazoline. The mile rate 2-08.

Bob Kuchenmeister had great success a few seasons back with the very honest open class trotter Illawaong Ian.

The Creswick Pharmacy Trotters Handicap for T1 or better class again over 2200 metres saw victory go the way of in-form 6-Y-0 Safely Kept/Role Model mare Paris Rose for owner Brad Hunt, trainer Peter Manning and reinswoman daughter Kerryn.

Coming from the 10 metre mark due to a mares concession, Paris Rose travelled beautifully one/one, with the tearaway leader Dundos Image adopting “catch me if you can” tactics.

Eased three wide in the back straight on the final occasion, Paris Rose put pay to her rivals in a couple of bounds to lead on turning in accounting for the 30 metre 10-Y-0 backmarker Master Kiesey which gained inside runs everywhere from five back the markers in a rate of 2-06.2. Vee Salute finished third after doing most of the chasing to lead the rest of the field up to the front runner which galloped prior to the home turn.

Bendigo trainer Len Mahar and son Graeme snared the BDNH Centenart Trotters Mobile for T0 class over 2200 metres with Fully Loaded/Love Me 6-Y-0 gelding Markleigh Jimbob in a mile rate of 2-06.6.

Given a cosy trip from the pole three back along the markers, Markleigh Jimbob when extricated into the clear on straightening, finished too well for a death-seating Trappers Puzzle and Samaras Dream which trailed the weakening pacemaker Whiteway Lane.

It was Markleigh Jimbob’s first success in 12 outings.

Prominent reinswoman Lisa Miles back from a driving infringement on Hunter Cup night, didn’t take long to appear in the winners stall, with 4-Y-0 D M Dilinger/Drimos mare Definite Girl greeting the judge in the Moreys Dunworkin Pace for C1 & C2 class (mares) over 1710 metres.

Receiving the run of the race from the pole trailing the leader Mach Class (gate three), Definite Girl trained by Lisa and husband David gained a saloon inside passage three parts of the way up the long Ballarat straight to score a runaway 2.1 metre victory in 2-00.2 over The Good Girl (one/two – three wide home turn) and Mach Class in a thrilling finish.


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