20 February 2012 -Trainer/driver Chris Lang bettered a former world record set by his father Graeme more than 25 years ago with the great trotting mare Scotch Notch when New Zealand import Dealornodeal raced the clock over a mile at Bendigo on Sunday night to win the inaugural Girls on Fire Series in a sensational time of 1:55.46.
Scotch Notch the winner of two Inter Dominion Trotting Championships was a freakish square gaiter during the 80’s for Graeme Lang and the champion mare, as a seven-year-old, trotted 1:55.6 in a time trial at Moonee Valley, setting an Australasian trotting time trial record that stood until last night. At the time her mile was a world record for a mare. Dealornodeal’s time will be recorded as the second fastest mile ever trotted in this part of the world. Her stable mate, Sundon’s Gift has raced a mile in 1:54.3. “We’re pretty chuffed,” Lang said. “I believe she is has recorded the fastest ever time for a mare in Australia, that’s sensational.” Lang covered the mile in pretty evenly matched quarters, going out in 28.41 and to the half mile in 28.79. The third quarter was almost identical to the second with Dealornodeal NZ trotting 28.8 before coming home the last 400 metres in 29.46. Dealornodeal’s previous best mile was recorded winning a 1700 metre mobile start race at Cambridge in January 2011 when she clocked 2:00. On TAB Sportsbet Fixed Odds betting Dealornodeal NZ was well supported and returned $3.60 for her win. The five-year-old Dream Vacation mare is a half sister to another former Lang trainee Kyvalley Mac and is raced by a group of New Zealanders headed up by champion galloping trainer and harness racing enthusiast Graeme Rogerson. An M0 performer in New Zealand, Dealornodeal NZ has raced 35 times for 7 wins and last raced there in January this year. The real surprise performance in the Girls on Fire came from locally owned mare Prettylilangeleyes. The Russell Thompson trained Classic Adam mare is owned by the Manton family and was driven by Bendigo ace Daryl Douglas. Prettylilangeleyes came home a super last half mile in 57.65 after covering her first half in 58.12. The mare’s overall time was 1:55.77. The mare’s previous best winning mile was 2:01.58. As well as the major portion of the $5,000 in HRV stakes, Dealornodeal’s owners received a free service to Aldebaran Park’s Skyvalley for registering the fastest mile. The mare that recorded the biggest improvement on her previous best winning mile was the Ruth Shinn trained Last Sunrise which took seven seconds of her previous best mile with a time of 1:58.9. The Shinn’s won a free service to Conch Deville donated by Loddon Valley Stud. The random draw from the selected list of starters in the time trials went to Prettylilangeleyes with the Manton’s winning a free service to Aldebaran Park’s Aldebaran Yankee. - David Aldred