Day At The Track

The Western District dominated Terang

04:56 PM 15 Sep 2009 NZST
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The Western District dominated the Terang fixture on Tuesday September 15, with no less than four of the seven harness racing winners on the program. Peter Manning started the ball rolling, when 4-Y-0 Safely Kept/Kims Fantasy gelding Carletonhill scored in the Bacardi Lindy Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2180 metres with Greg Sugars in the sulky.

Begining swiftly from the 10 metre mark, Carletonhill was soon racing at the head of affairs, running out a convincing victor over the Terang hope Jim Gee Fletcher which raced outside him from the bell, with Maggie Truscott third.

The mile rate 2-06.

Stawell's Daryl Crone combined with Grant Campbell to upset favourite backers, when 8-Y-0 Knight Rainbow/Rockleigh Miss gelding Hobbit County greeted the judge in the Terang Ideal Dairy Pace for C2 & C3 class over 2180 metres.

Settling three back along the markers from gate two, Hobbit County was eased to face the breeze for the last lap, joining the odds-on favourite Viareggio running into the final bend.

With Campbell merely throwing the reins at him on turning, Hobbit County proved too strong for Viareggio over the closing stages in winning by around 2 metres in a rate of 2-03.2, with Just Like Sid third.

Camperdown trainer Bruce McSween made a long awaited return to the winners list, when lightly raced 6-Y-0 Beach Towel/Saracen Sue gelding Beach Shaker with Greg Sugars aboard, landed the Willsher's Showcase Jewellers Pace for C0 class over 2180 metres in a sick 2-00.4.

Making his 3rd appearance at the races, Beach Shaker from gate two possied three back in the running line and despite being four wide on the home turn, finished on to blowse the red-hot favourite Three Card Brag which led right on the wire in a tricky finish, with One Bad Dude (three wide last lap) third.

Scotts Creek trainer/driver Anthony O'Connor has a promising 4-Y-0 gelding by the name of Roman Way who should have little trouble in making his way through the grades, chalking up his 3rd success by taking the Terang Co-Op Pace for C0 class over 2180 metres.

Enjoying a sweet trip one/one from outside the front row, Roman Way (Village Jasper/Roman Rose) when eased three wide in the last lap, sprinted sharply to join the leader and favourite Jilliby Bartel prior to the final bend, before racing away in the home running to win impressively by 3 metres in 2-03.4 rate over the pacemaker, with Stopnthink third after leading out, then taking a trail on Jilliby Bartel.

Former Portlander Peter Tonkin finished the night with a training double - Antsinyapants (Grinfromeartoear/Allsafe) in the Blarney Bakehouse 3-Y-0 Pace over 1680 metres and Kaspa Kate (Jet Laag/Lynbar Lass) in the Emerson's Printing & Publishing Pace for C1 class over 2180 metres, both driven by Gavin Lang.

Antsinyapants came from last at the bell to round his rivals up with ease in accounting for Jilliby Major and Ninna Jasper in 1-59.9, while 4-Y-0 mare Kaspa Kate raced by Shaun Kittel and breeder Noel Templeton brought up her 4th success from 8 outings after leading from outside the front row for the majority of the 2180 metre trip in scoring from Devilsliveinside and Tasha The Basha in 2-02.7.

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