13 June 2011 - Three-year-old squaregaiter Just Call Me Earl provided well travelled trainer John Newberry with his second Bendigo 3yo Trotters Classic on Saturday night at Lord's Raceway, but the wins have been about 30 years apart.
"I won a 3yo trotting classic here with Andy Brydon, but that was a long time ago," the Shepparton-based trainer said. Just Call Me Earl ($4.90), a son of Earl and the Sundon mare Shine On Alisha scored the second victory of his 11 start career in the Schweppes 3yo Classic with Newberry using the sprint lane to drive the impressive looking bay gelding home by 3.3 metres over Sir Pegasus ($8.20 - Leigh Sutton) and with a further gap to Lillingstonelovell ($3.80 - Daryl Douglas). The Kerryn Manning trained and reined $3.70 favourite Theywannacallmesue led for most of the 2150 metres but tired in the straight to fifth spot. Co-trainers Paul and Kari Males caused a major upset in the $7,000 Alabar Bendigo Guineas (2150m) when their Bettors Delight/Cosmopolitan gelding Bettor Warrior scored at Supertab odds of $33.10. In what was the “drive of the night” by Bendigo based Scott Dyer, Bettor Warrior from gate four on the second line possied three back the markers, trailing both the polemarker Soldier Boy and the roughie Ringtripleowe and always appeared to be “under double wraps”. Somehow managing to be on the back of the leader on turning, Bettor Warrior bred and raced by Peter and Yvonne Males used the sprint lane to gain the day in a 1:59.9 rate over What A Fine Fella (four back the markers) and a death-seating Sword And Pistol, with Soldier Boy weakening to finish fourth. Avenel’s Juanita Breen snared the $7,000 Bendigo Mitsubishi Pace Final for C1 class which qualified in the heats held a week earlier with 4yo Live Or Die/Takestwototango gelding Callnineoneone. Despite sitting in the open from gate three outside the surprise pacemaker Truscott Cam (gate two) for the entire 2150 metre journey, Callnineoneone proved to be the better stayer on the night, gaining the upper hand halfway up the running to score from Jenna McRae which followed him throughout, with Truscott Cam holding down third. The mile rate 2:00.2. Two heats of the Vicbred Super Series for 2-Y-0 Trotters over 2150 metres were held during the evening, with the Elsu/Chancery Lane gelding Prescient bringing up two wins in a row in the first Heat for Maree and John Caldow. A half brother to the Caldow’s open class performer Lord Of The Gym, a winner of both the N-S-W and S-A Trotters Derby, Prescient led throughout to easily account for the first starter Seigfried which trailed and Zedalite (one/one) in a rate of 2-05.3.Heat two went the way of Melton trainer Paul Grech’s Sundon/Panbrake gelding Mister Gunsen driven by Uncle Mario Azzopardi, which also led throughout in defeating Conartist which followed, with Rubon Brown an eye catching third after galloping away. The mile rate 2-08.1. - David Aldred with the files of Len Baker