Day At The Track

Western District dominate Terang fixture

01:14 PM 21 Apr 2009 NZST
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Victoria's Western District dominated the Terang fixture on Tuesday April 21, providing no less than winners on the night. Hamilton brothers Ben (trainer) and Mark (driver) Yole opened proceedings by winning the Madden's Commercial Hotel Claiming Pace over 2180 metres with the much travelled 8-Y-0 Sokys Atom/Federal Cabinet gelding Trouble No More.

Making his 138th appearance at the races, Trouble No More assessed as a C17 M1 class performer came into the race on nice terms, but settled at the tail of the field from gate three on the second line.

Moving three wide solo at the bell, Trouble No More was accommodated by the well supported Cliona Lucky coming out ahead of him in the last lap to receive a lovely trail home.

Taken wide on the final bend, Trouble No More proved too strong for Cliona Lucky in the run home to record a slick mile rate of 1-58.7 in registering his 23rd victory, with My Man Sunshine gaining a late split from three back along the markers for third.

Home town victory

Great Western's Peter Manning combined with local reinsman Glen Craven to land the Terang Co-Op 3-Y-0 Pace over 2180 metres with Jilliby Bartel a Craven family owned and bred gelded son of Artiscape and Diplomatic Lover in a mile rate of 2-02.8.

Beginning best to lead from gate three, Jilliby Bartel was never headed in narrowly defeating Captain Courage which trailed using the sprint lane to just fail, with Murphys Rocket third after making the home turn very wide.

Luck running high

Ararat trainer/driver Michael Bellman is on a winning streak at present and brought up another winner when 4-Y-0 Dare You To/Carothel gelding Oarsome Rhys led throughout from the pole to snare the Bourkey's Tyres Pace for C0 class over 1680 metres.

Always well in control, Oarsome Rhys was untroubled to score from Speak Dutch (three back the markers) and a death seating Stopnthink in a rate of 2-02.1.

Power play

Ballarat trainer Ashleigh Herbertson's horses always give a sight at the races and 4-Y-0 Powerful Toy/Sassy Georgina gelding Powerful Tycoon was an all the way winner of the Madden's Lawyers Pace for C0 class over 1680 metres at Terang.

Driven by "Rocket" Rod Petroff, Powerful Tycoon led from gate four in running his rivals ragged to easily account for the hot favourite Lot Of Lip which raced wide and Duart Castle in a rate of 1-59.4.

Another all the way winner

Kerryn Manning has the much improved 4-Y-0 Davids Pass/Hyland Lady mare Hyland Zali racing in peak form and led throughout with her from the pole to capture the Reichas Store Terang Pace (1st Division) for C1 & C2 class over 2180 metres.

Coasting at the head of affairs, Hyland Zali treated her rivals with contempt in winning by a 7.4 metre margin from Rakamaz (three wide at the bell) and Gypsy Franco from last in 1-59.3.

Keeping sweet

Mark Yole was to bring up a driving double, when victorious aboard Dunnstown (Ballarat) trainer David Murphy's Aces N Sevens/Pelicanrama filly Keepers Daughter in the CRT Store Terang 3-Y-0 Pace over 2180 metres in 2-01.7.

Restrained from the dreaded outside front line to possie mid-field in the moving lane, Keepers Daughter set off three wide solo in the last lap to give chase to the leaders Lornabelle and Pazarooney which raced erraticly and although joined by Witchwaywendy which followed her home on the final bend, showed great heart to stall off all challengers in defeating her, with the favourite Keayang Princess running her usual honest race for third after a one/one pasage for most of the trip.

Also a double

Glen Craven and Peter Manning also landed a double when the former En-Zedder Will It Matter scored an impressive victory in the Reicas Store Cobden Pace (2nd Division) for C1 & C2 class over 2180 metres, giving popular owners Merv and Meg Butterworth three runners in the final to be held on May 5 - the others being Hyland Zali and Rakamaz.

Having his first outing on Australian soil and first since May last year when a winner at Winton in the deep south, Will It Matter taking advantage of a concession began brilliantly from gate four to lead, before winning in a breeze over the favourite Armbro Iris (one/one) and Spurfect Renee which followed the winner in a rate of 2-01.7.

Celebrations all round

The Join The Pacers Club Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class saw Peter Manning and the Butterworth's finish the night with a treble and Kerryn Manning a double, when the former Kiwi 5-Y-0 Joe Bro saluted the judge in a rate of 2-06.4.

Beginning safely from the 30 metre mark, Joe Bro (Sundon/Strike Account) spent the majority of the race outside the pacemaker Maggie Truscott, before racing clear in the last lap to easily account for the improving Cost Me A Quid (one/one) and Head Over Heals.

Len BAKER

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