6 January 2011
Tatura trainer Patsy Abrahams was in the winners stall at a very mediocre Graduation fixture held at Lord’s Raceway Bendigo on Tuesday 4 January, when smart 4-Y-0 Continentalman/Why Worry gelding Im Chilled scored in the Aldebaran Park Trotters Handicap for TR0 & TR1 class over 2150 metres. First up since August, Im Chilled was away safely but slowly for Daryl Douglas from barrier two, settling four back in the moving line. Commencing a forward move three wide uncovered in the last lap, Im Chilled’s quality prevailed over the concluding stages, defeating the roughie Smile No More which followed him home in a rate of 2-05.8, with Clinton McSwain’s honest mare Cherry Sweet using the sprint lane from three back the markers for third. Both leaders Charlie Tee and Apollorita carved up on straightening.
Lockwood South duo Tony and Mary Dillon captured the Stallion Station 3-Y-0 Pace over 1650 metres with D M Dilinger/Calling All Angels gelding Johny Rondo in a rate of 1-58. With Chris Alford in the sulky, Johny Rondo from the pole settled three back the markers, moving to the back of the leader Endorsement with a circuit to travel when Tony Peacock moved away from the inside to pressure the front runner. Using the sprint lane, Johny Rondo hard driven nosed out Endorsement right on the wire, with Tallyho Bromac (four wide last lap) third. Shelbourne (Marong) trainer Larry Eastman and wife Lynette snared the quinella in the Petstock Pace for C1 & C2 class over 2150 metres with Kamwood Titan and Western Lover, but obviously not the way the stable wanted, as Kamwood Titan was a $11.30 chance, with Western Lover a heavily supported $2.20 favourite. Taking a concession for Charlton’s Ellen Tormey, Kamwood Titan spent most of the race one/one from gate four after Western Lover from the pole was crossed by the roughie Spaceman Bert, before moving to race in the open. Surging to the front on the home turn, Western Lover was grabbed by Kamwood Titan right on the wire who registered a nose decision in a finish which tricked many, with Wendy Anne using the sprint lane from four back the markers for third. The mile rate 1-59.6.
Chris Lang Jr. Kialla’s Darren Rowney combined with Chris Lang (Jnr) to land the SEW-Eurodrive 3-Y-0 Trotters Mobile over 2180 metres at Kilmore on Wednesday with Conch Deville/Flirty filly Teasing, leading throughout from gate four in defeating What About Perky which raced outside her and Adhesive in a rate of 2-07.
Glenn & Daryl Douglas added yet another winner to their large season tally, when Kiwi import Brigadier Scott (Live Or Die/Victoria Globe) outstayed the pacemaker Tayarna Mia to record a narrow victory in the Kilmore Trackside Function Centre Pace for C3 & C4 class over 1690 metres in 2-00.7. Jaz Equity (one/one) finished third.
Maiden Gully trainer David Van Ryn was also a winner at Kilmore, when former smart juvenile Amelia Darling greeted the judge in the Northern Fascia Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class (mares) over 2150 metres in 2-08. Driven by Kilmore based Damian Wilson, Amelia Darling a 4-Y-0 daughter of Kadabra and the open class performer Africa, led throughout from barrier six in accounting for Frosty Vale which trailed using the sprint lane to no avail, with Madiskita (one/two) running home nicely for third.