17 January 2011 - Some of Victoria's most promising two, three and four year olds stepped out at the Ballarat harness racing meeting held at Bray Raceway today, showing what they are made of, with all touted as having a huge future.
Blissful Hall/Clasic Amy filly Classic Bliss made it two from two, with a strong victory in the Kevin Foley Memorial 2-Y-0 Pace over 1710 metres.Trained at Rockbank by Bill Galea and driven by Damian Wilson, Classic Bliss began with a wing on every foot from outside the front row to lead, kicking away approaching the home turn well in advance of the hot favourite Fulsome which had shadowed her for the final circuit. Starting to shorten stride as the winning post came into view, Classic Bliss was challenged by Fulsome who rallied after dropping to the back of the leader on straightening, appearing to have her measure, with Classic Bliss responding gamely to stall off the challenge and score by a head in a rate of 2-01.2, with Life Sentence a further 11.6 metres away in third place.Three year old geldings Manwarra Makamile and Suave Stuey Lombo were both ultra impressive in their races – Manwarra Makeamile the Keith Bray Memorial 3-Y-0 Pace (1st Heat) over 2200 metres and Suave Stuey Lombo the Frank Britt Memorial Pace for C0 class over the same journey. Manwarra Makeamile (Bookmaker/Manwarra Goldngem) trained at Smythes Creek (Ballarat) by Emma Stewart and Clayton Tonkin also made it two from two after racing in the open from the extreme draw, before coasting to the wire 7.4 metres in advance of the pacemaker Major Mac in a 2-01.8 rate, with Dee Devito (three back the markers) 7 metres away in third place. Suave Stuey Lombo (Bettors Delight/Magic Maddy Lombo) trained by Jayne Davies and Noel Alexander at Clyde south of the Yarra and raced by Mick Lombardo, had to do his share of work from gate five to park outside the leader Edward Strike, before surging to the front on straightening in accounting for Jadahson which trailed and Edward Strike in a rate of 2-05.5. Four year old Modern Art/Mary Mazzini gelding Ole Master Lombo has been going great guns for Sunbury trainer/driver Ahmed Taiba and coasted to a 6.7 metre victory in the Bob Freeman Memorial Pace for C1 class over 1710 metres, leading throughout from gate two in a 2-00.6 rate to score from Tres Hombre (four back the markers) and One Fellas Fancy which raced in the open from the bell. It was Ole Master Lombo’s 6th success in 10 outings. Another 4-Y-0 winner on the program was S J’s Photo/Be Positive gelding Posimistic for Melton’s Maree Caldow in the Clive James Memorial Vicbred Trotters Handicap for T0 & T1 class over 2200 metres. Having his first outing since August when unplaced in the Breeders Crown Final at Tabcorp Park Melton, Posimistic (John Caldow) led throughout from barrier two in defeating the honest Ships Choice which shadowed him in a 2-09.4 rate, with Paper Trail third after racing three wide from the bell. South East South Australian trainer Joey Buttigieg combined with Daryl Douglas to land the Eric White Memorial Pace (2nd Heat) for C1 class over 1710 metres with Kiwi bred 4-Y-0 Christian Cullen/Les Payzen Star entire CC Star. Despite racing wide, CC Star led for the final circuit in scoring easily over Our Universal Ruler which raced in the open from the bell and The Red Opal which trailed the winner after handing over the front running. The mile rate 1-57.8. - Len Baker