Day At The Track

The Kevin Brough stable is on fire

11:26 PM 05 May 2009 NZST
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Heywood's Kevin Brough fresh from a big night at Globe Derby Park Adelaide the previous Saturday, produced a smart type in Malibu Grin, a Grinfromeartoear/Classic Malibu gelding to land the Dan O'Grady Memorial 2-Y-0 Pace over 2180 metres on debut at Terang on Tuesday May 5 in a 2-02.6 mile rate.

Beginning with a wing on every foot from gate five to lead, Malibu Grin bowled along at his leisure to score impressively in advance of the well supported Redcourt Rebel off a three wide trail from the bell, with Ubringthedrinks third after trailing the winner.

DESERVED OF ACCOLADES

Tarpeena trainer/driver Andrew Clarke was responsible for a superb training feat, when the 6-Y-0 Beach Towel/Bally Kilty mare Venice Beach snared the M J O'Keeffe Memorial Pace for C0 class over 2180 metres at Terang when having her first outing since November 2007.

Raced by Ballarat identities Greg Lockhart and Brian Foo, Venice Beach led from the pole and was always travelling on a tight rein.

Holding a handy lead on turning, Venice Beach making her 17th appearance at the races showed no signs of stopping to score by five metres from Kevin Brough's Perfect Moment which trailed and a death-seating Springdam Embrace in 2-02.5 and in doing so, broke her maiden status.

GOOD RECORD

Stawell hobby trainer Chris Blake always has a handy horse in the stable and was successful in taking the Bruckner & Associates Accountants 3-Y-0 Pace over 1680 metres with the Jennas Beach Boy/Klinker filly Problem Solved.

Driven by Maryborough's Mark Hayes, Problem Solved first up since February 23, led throughout from gate four in defeating Broughie's Art Maur Girl which trailed, with Armbros Reflection third after following the pair.

The mile rate 2-00.5.

UPSET RESULT

Great Western trainer Jamie Stewart caused a huge upset in the Dick Benger Memorial Pace Final for C1 & C2 class over 2180 metres, when combining with neighbour Grant Campbell to land the major prize with 4-Y-0 Washington Vc/Zelda Belle gelding V O Two at Supertab odds of $19.90.

Settling last in the seven horse field decimated by scratchings, V O Two appreciated the slick tempo of the race when the second favourite Rakamaz was intent on keeping the favourite Hyland Zali working outside him by running along.

When Hyland Zali claimed Rakamaz on turning, it appeared that she would score, however V O Two had the last crack at her and finished full of running to gain the day in a rate of 1-59.5 over the fast finishing Armbro Iris from last along the markers and Hyland Zali in a thrilling finale.

MANNING MAGIC

On what was a great night for the Western District at Terang, Kerryn Manning did punters no favours after winning the HROA Pace for C3 & C4 class over 2180 metres with 5-Y-0 gelding Ok Tobago ($12.50) in a brisk 1-59.7.

First up since January last year, Ok Tobago (Saab/Claudia Lombo) led throughout from the pole in defeating the hot favourite Steve McQueen (one/one - behind winner home turn) along the sprint lane, with Rebecca Don running her usual honest race for third.

BACK IN TOWN

Bullengarook trainer/driver Graham Lee made a return to the winners list, when successful aboard 5-Y-0 Astreos/Teen Talk mare Model Talk in the Terang Co-Op Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2180 metres at Terang on Tuesday.

Having her first outing since November last year, Model Talk from the 10 metre mark settled three back along the markers, but a fair way off the pacemaker Heart Of A Maori.

Gradually making ground to be three back in the running line at the bell, Model Talk was sent forward three wide solo in the last lap and sustained a long run to gain the upper hand in the shadows of the post to score from a death-seating Gladys Emanuel and Yentis Girl (one/one) in a mile rate of 2-08.3.

UPSET RESULT (2)

Graeme and Gavin Lang scored a shock victory with honest 6-Y-0 Village Jasper/Urunpungee Lass gelding Village Pungee in the MHRC Pace for C5 to C7 class over 2180 metres at Terang.

Moving three wide with a trail on the back of Bottledinscotland from mid-field at the bell, Village Pungee at Supertab odds of $23.30 finished with a lightning burst of speed out wide on straightening to defeat a sprint laning Shardons Rocket off the back of the leader Village In Vesa and Lombo Lumber Jack in a rate of 1-59.2.

Len BAKER

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