Day At The Track

Trainer Michael Watt enjoys a stable double

04:09 PM 01 Oct 2012 NZDT
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Greg Sugars -Bagged a double at Mildura last night
Greg Sugars -Bagged a double at Mildura last night

Korweinguboora (Daylesford) harness racing trainer Michael Watt enjoyed a terrific day at the Yarra Valley meeting conducted on Monday October 1, snaring a stable double.

Kiwi bred Dream Away/C C Windermere gelding Windermeres Dream taking the De Bortoli Pace for C0 class over 2150 metres and 9-Y-0 D M Dilinger/I Scream Mary gelding Gangsta Pranksta the Monash Gardens Retirement Village Pace for C1 class over 1650 metres, both driven by Greg Sugars.

Windermeres Dream making his second appearance on Australian soil and second since November 2011, possied three back along the markers after starting from inside the second line, with Lineofcredit leading from gate two.

Using the sprint lane, Windermeres Dream finished full of running to blouse the pacemaker in the last stride, returning a mile rate of 2-02.1, with Walky Talky also using the sprint lane for third after trailing Lineofcredit.

Gangsta Pranksta settled three back in the moving line, easing three wide in the final circuit to give chase to the leader Whatsdoin and the heavily supported favourite Magical Molly which raced in the open.

When Classic Bliss trailing the pacemaker obtained a saloon passage along the sprint lane to hit the front approaching the wire she looked all over a winner, but was nabbed by Gangsta Pranksta right on the wire to score by a half neck in 1-59.5, with Magical Molly fighting on strongly to be a further 2.3 metres away in third place.

Greg Sugars took the driving honours for the day with a treble of wins, the third being 5-Y-0 Bettors Delight/Kalahari Breeze gelding Kalahari King in the F.T.S. Combined Probus Pace for C2 class over 2150 metres.

Settling well back in the field from outside the front row, Kalahari King came from knowhere on straightening to nab the leader All Aussie Star by a head, with the hot favourite Franco Cruz (three wide last lap from three back) a metre back in third place.

Trained at Bulla by Paul Buhagiar, Kalahari King chalked up his 5th success in 17 outings, returning a mile rate of 2-01 for the journey.

Windermeres Dream

Gangsta Pranksta

Kalahari King

by Len BAKER

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