20 January 2011 - Hamilton part-owner/trainer David Lewis and nephew reinsman Caleb Lewis were successful at the St Arnaud harness racing meeting held at Maryborough on Wednesday 19 January, with quality Bettors Delight/Frosty Mattina gelding Abettorpunt in the Town Of St Arnaud 3-Y-0 Pace over 2190 metres. A prohibitive $1.04 favourite, Abettorpunt which had been so disappointing when third to Glengowan in the recent South Australian Derby after leading, faced the breeze on this occasion from gate six, before asserting his authority on turning to score from the pacemaker Farmersntradies to give the Western District the quinella, with Scan The Calls a gap away third after a sweet one/one trip from the pole.
The mile rate was 2-00.9.
Stawell breeder/owner/trainer Owen Martin combined with son-in-law Michael Sullivan to snare the Central Goldfields Pace for C1 class over 2190 metres with Hellovanite, going one better than stablemate Farmersntradies. First up since September, Hellovanite was given the run of the race one/one from outside the front row, with the pacemaker Flyin Ferrari from Peter Manning's Great Western base. In what was the "drive of the day" Sullivan switched Hellovanite down to trail Flyin Ferrari into the final bend and used the sprint lane to perfection in accounting for a death-seating Kamwood Titan and Flyin Ferrai in a rate of 2-01.7.
Ararat part-owner/trainer Terry Preston would have been beside himself after his honest 4-Y-0 Jennas Beach Boy/Overton Miss gelding Igetaround landed the 4th Heat of the Warehouse Sales Central Victorian Pacing Championship for C2 or better class over 2190 metres in a rate of 2-03.7. Taking a concession for Glen Craven, Igetaround enjoyed a cosy passage three back along the markers after stepping safely from the inside of the second row.
Easing into the one/one spot on the back of the heavily supported backmarker Whiskey And Ice approaching the home turn, Igetaround when taken three wide on straightening, ran home strongly to gain the day over the undefeated Washies Chance which trailed the leader Kamwood Jack before using the sprint lane to no avail, with Kamwood Jack weakening third.
Sedgwick trainer Ross Graham's very smart Wind Cries Maori/Tachometer filly Djasker scored her first victory as a three year old after two juvenile successes, when victorious in the Northern Grampians 3-Y-0 Trotters Mobile over 2190 metres at the St Arnaud fixture.
Driven by Daryl Douglas as Ross was committed to first starter Cool Chance, Djasker was best to begin from the pole and bowled along at her leisure throughout the event. Holding a commanding lead at the top of the straight, Djasker coasted to the wire in advance of the hot favourite Waikare Aristocrat (last at the bell) and Living Bonus (three wide last lap) in a rate of 2-07.7.
Veteran Huntly trainer Bill White combined with son Ian to land the 4th Heat of the Central Victorian Trotting Championship for T0 or better class over 2690 metres with talented 6-Y-0 Keystone Salute/Maori Joy rig Billy The Brat in a rate of 2-04.2. Bred and raced by Ian and wife Sue, Billy The Brat first up since July starting from a daunting 40 metre backmark, settled at the tail of the field, with the well backed The Rolls Roy undefeated in two previous outings circling the field from the 20 metre mark to assume control after starting a warm favourite. Aided by several gallopers in the final circuit includingThe Rolls Roy and Im Chilled, Billy The Brat unleashed a brilliant burst of speed from mid-field on straightening, to record a runaway victory in advance of Mister Castleton which led before taking a trail on The Rolls Roy, with Going Command first up for Peter Manning third. - Len Baker