Day At The Track

Terang Harness Racing Thursday night

12:57 PM 22 Oct 2009 NZDT
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Grant Campbell
Grant Campbell

Terang in the Western District was the venue for Thursday night harness racing in Victoria, with an interesting program in place. Haven trainer Justin Lane added another win to his tally, when 4-Y-0 Legacy Of Power/Muckinbar Miss gelding National Service greeted the judge in the Salmon's Catering Pace for C0 class over 1680 metres at Terang on Thursday.

Raced by Horsham's Lane family headed by Horsham HRC President Kevin, National Service driven by Grant Campbell was driven quietly at the tail of the field after starting from the extreme draw.

Eased very wide on turning, National Service making his third appearance at the races, flashed home at a great rate to impressively defeat Shiva Shot (one/one) and The Rogue Trader in a slick 2-00.9.

Promising type

Woorndoo's Bob and Brendan Mahncke have a pretty smart 4-Y-0 gelding by the name of Extricate who was a strong victor of the Mortlake Veterinary Clinic Pace for C1 class over 1680 metres.

Lobbing one/one from gate two on the second line, Extricate was shuffled back a spot when Sunshines Glory moved forward to park outside the pacemaker Tomorrowsanotherday.

Easing three wide in the last lap, Extricate kept on giving to register a head margin on the wire from Jilliby Herbie which charged through a split in the shadows of the post, with Jewel Of Manwarra third.

The mile rate 2-00.7.

Sharp shooter

Great Western based Grant Campbell's quality 6-Y-0 Fully Loaded/Dundee Hanover gelding The Marksman notched up his 11th success in only 18 outings, when victorious in the Terang Veterinary Clinic Pace for C4 & C5 class over 2180 metres.

Trapped in the open from gate four, The Marksman gained cover at the expense of Johnorama from last, before easing three wide approaching the home turn.

Finishing full of running, The Marksman's class told over the concluding stages in his first outing since March last year, defeating a game Johnorama and Muckinbar Lady in a rate of 2-02.6.

First up victory

Dunnstown trainer/driver David Murphy was successful at Terang, when 5-Y-0 Partywiththebigdog/Smooth Zuzi mare Seven Nations having her first outing for the stable, greeted the judge in The Standard Pace for C1 & C2 class (mares) over 2180 metres.

Crossed from the pole at the start by both Valerian Pass and the hot favourite Sterita, Seven Nations spent most of the race bottled up three back along the markers.

Eased away from the inside on turning, Seven Nations gained a split halfway up the running and raced clear in the shadows of the post to score from a death seating Rosenlea and Delwyns Daughter (four wide home turn) in a rate of 2-00.9.

Ex Kiwi scores

Ross and Greg Sugars training out of Hopetoun Park (Bacchus Marsh), snared the Barastoc Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class horses over 2180 metres at Terang, with Kiwi bred 6-Y-0 Continentalman/Jane Janie gelding Mertyls Louis.

Very risky in standing start events, Mertyls Louis on this occasion began a 100 miles an hour from an equal 20 metre backmark to park outside the pacemaker Emerald Crusader which also began fast to lead from 10 metres.

Surging to the front on the final bend, Mertyls Louis defied all challengers to score by a half neck from Melpark Sunnyjim which joined him three wide from mid-field approaching the home turn and Heart Of A Maori in a rate of 2-06.8.


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