Day At The Track

Two meetings in Victoria yesterday - review

02:15 PM 05 Jun 2013 NZST
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Two harness racing meetings were held in Victoria on Wednesday June 5 - Horsham in the afternoon and Echuca at night.

Terang based Matthew Craven enjoyed a "day of days" at Horsham, guiding four winners to the wire, including two for Heywood trainer Kevin Brough - Tellmelucy in the Finn Tack Pace for C0 class over 1700 metres and Cheap Tint in the C3 & C4 class Wimmera Roadways Pace over the same distance, along with Tearitup in the Dexter Dunn It Again '13 Drivers Champ 3-Y-0 Pace over 1700 metres and Amajorfrost who snared the Wimmera Mail Times Whoosh Pace for C1 class over the novelty distance of 1200 metres.

Four year old Elsu/Tell You What mare Tellmelucy was always handy to the leader Im Henry Theeighth from gate three, moving three wide at the bell.

Sustaining a long run, Tellmelucy dashed away at the straight entrance to score by 3.5 metres in a rate of 1-59.8 over Peaceful Grin from last, with Where Is Moonambel also running on late from the rear of the field to finish third.

Talented Tinted Cloud/Notsos Girl gelding Cheap Tint is a horse with a future and brought up his 10th victory (8 this season) in 17 outings.

Retaining the front running from the pole, Cheap Tint although kept honest by Arma Rouge for most of the race, was never in any danger, registering a 1.5 metre victory in 1-57.1 from the roughie Primo Tapia which trailed and Vesper Lynd (one/three).

Tearitup a gelded son of It Is I and Change Over trained by Ashleigh Herbertson at Burrumbeet, was given an easy time from gate two trailing the pacemaker Ynobe Coby, before gaining a late split to charge to the wire and score by a head over the leader in 1-58.7, with Union Fame a head away in third place after racing in the open.

Matt's quartet came up when 4-Y-0 Art Major/Frosty Mattina gelding Amajorfront trained at Heywood by Shannon Edwards came from three back along the markers from gate two on the second row to claim the prize.

Extricated into the clear approaching the home turn, Amajorfrost a half brother to top liner Abettorpunt (Bettors Delight) and smart youngster Lightning Shark (Four Starzzz Shark) finished strongly down the centre of the track to defeat Jazz King (six wide home turn) and Tara Tom (one/one) in a rate of 1-54.6.

Armstrong trainer Brooke Hansen's 6-Y-0 Grinfromeartoear/Hyclass Souix mare Paparazzi Snapshot overcame a daunting 50 metre backmark to land the Hygain Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2200 metres at Horsham.

Driven by Kerryn Manning, Paparazzi Snapshot began with a wing on every foot to settle three back in the running line, with David Murphy's Spiros The Greek piloting the field from 10 metres.

Moving forward racing for the bell to park in the open at the bell, Paparazzi Snapshot took care of the leader prior to the home turn, racing away with the race well in her keeping.

Cruising to the wire, Paparazzi Snapshot scored by 5.3 metres in advance of Allawart Ugo (one/two at bell - three wide last lap) and Earl Of Charity which followed the runner up home, returning a mile rate of 2-04.5.

Other winners on the Horsham program were : Azumah The Boomer (Crystal Peacock - Kilmore & Brian Gath) and Pas Mate (Nathan Cahir - Dunnstown).

A number of local area winners were successful at the Echuca meeting including 4-Y-0 Malabar Maple/Howdoyudo gelding Rubon Brown in the Hot To Trot Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2530 metres, 4-Y-0 Rocks/Yam Salad mare Hangi who snared the Become A Member 2013/14 Pace over 2160 metres, 4-Y-0 Real Desire/Karamea Toastime gelding Hes Real in the Moama Bowling Club Vicbred Pace over 2160 metres and 5-Y-0 Bettors Delight/Dinavinetto gelding Pensicola who took out the Christies Welding Pace.

Rubon Brown trained at Kyabram by Robert Shellie and driven by Bec Bartley, led throughout from the 10 metre mark in defeating Sans Frontiere which trailed and Wildenstein (one/one) in a rate of 2-08.1.

Hangi an honest mare trained at Elmore by Neville Welsh and driven by step-son Matt Higgins, broke her maiden status at start number 19 by leading throughout from gate three to score by 3.8 metres over Traveller which trailed and Fictional Hero from mid-field in a rate of 2-03.8.

Rochester part-owner/trainer Mark Thompson's Hes Real appeared to have yards on his rivals and that's the way it panned out.

A winner of 5 from 25 going into the race, Hes Real taking a concession for Bendigo's Haydon Gray was trapped three wide from gate four before parking outside the pole line leader Nica Lady in the early stages.

Gaining cover at the expense of Satisfied Grin, Hes Real was always travelling kindly and when asked for an effort, quickly put the race beyond doubt on straightening, registering a 7.9 metre victory from Satisfied Grin which took over in the back straight on the final occasion and Kentucky Lane (three wide last lap) in a rate of 2-02.7.

Consistent performer Pensicola was a deserved winner of his event with Brian Gath in the sulky.

Starting from outside the front line, Pensicola had to do a fair amount of work, before angling to be one/one trailing Lockins Art.

Easing three wide on the final bend, Pensicola kicked clear on straightening, scoring by 1.5 metres from the fast finishing Helavagem (one/three) and Classic Jet along the sprint lane which trailed the weakening pacemaker Chiquita Bromac. The mile rate 2-00.5.

Team Douglas (Glenn & Daryl) landed a stable double with Art Major/Clarenden Elite colt Gohardorgohome leading throughout in the A & R Water Solutions 3-Y-0 Pace over 2160 metres to defeat Zedaguy which trailed and Illawong Fantasia which followed the pair in a rate of 2-00.7, while ever reliable 5-Y-0 Live Or Die/Consensus mare Please Dont Talk landed the Become A Sponsoe 2013/2014 Pace for C2 & C3 class over 2160 metres in similar fashion, scoring from Statelyness which trailed and Whatacracker (three back the markers). The mile rate a comfortable 2-02.

Other Echuca winners were : Mosquito Zephyr (Bob Darby - Sebastian & Ash Manton) and Arma Augustuus (Bill Morgan - Seymour).


















by Len BAKER

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