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HITTING THE FRONT: Look At The Stars, driven by Leah Harvey, streaks past Shezwhitelightning to win the last event of the evening on Saturday.
HITTING THE FRONT: Look At The Stars, driven by Leah Harvey, streaks past Shezwhitelightning to win the last event of the evening on Saturday.

What a fantastic night of trotting last Saturday night proved to be.

Honestly, if you are sitting at home watching ‘Neighbours’ or whatever, get out of that armchair and come on over to Phoenix Park on a Saturday night and enjoy the thrill of those magnificent creatures pounding down the straight.

The first event of the evening, the UBET Pace, had seen a restart when Antaeus Blue Chip had a malfunction with his ear plugs.

Brodie Webster had returned him to the Starter and in no time the adjustment to his gear had been made and the field was off again.

Known for his gate speed he had worked his way to the front by the first bend with Millwood Chloe sitting on his outside.

At the bell it had been still Antaeus Blue Chip as the front runner with New Zealander, Lady Danger facing the breeze, Millwood Chloe back in third place on the outside of Jack Michaels.

Danielle Hill had pulled Ultimate One out and had been steam rolling them down the back straight but was running three wide coming into the home straight.

The race was all Antaeus Blue Chip though, from go to whoa, taking out the race from Jack Michaels and Julius Franco a good third, having come from behind.

Daddy Long Legs, at the good price of $9.90, had charged from barrier three to take the lead over Goodboy Cowboy in the second race, the Hopkins Saddlery Pace.

Goodboy Cowboy had tucked in behind Daddy Long Legs with Crystal Sparkles running on his outside.

The speed had been slow, almost walking, well, not quite, but slow.

At the bell and Crystal Sparkles had edged up and was running on the outside of the leader with Ryan Hryhorec waiting for the Sprint Lane on Goodboy Cowboy.

Into the back bend and positions had held, apart from Mymatethomo making a mighty run on the outside of the field.

Into the front straight and Goodboy Cowboy had found the Sprint Lane, but did not have the power to catch Daddy Long Legs.

He had gone on to win by four metres with Crystal Sparkles running a good third.

Mymatethommo, the leading horse for the 2017/2018 season had run on a mighty fourth.

Watch this one in his next run.

The Laucke Mill Pace, a race for four-year-olds and older, had held a purse of $7,000.

Ten contenders had lined up for this event, with the Les Harding trained Shooting Star starting favourite.

It had been Don’t Tell William from barrier six who had shot to the front from the outside of the front row.

On the bottom bend facing the bell and Don’t Tell William was on the fence, Dani Hill was pushing through the centre on The Shooting Star and keeping brother Wayne, on Rhyflective, out three wide.

At the bell and the two had delegated Dont Tell William back to third place and they tussled it out for front position, but they hadn’t counted on him finding a bit of relief as he had sat tucked in behind the leader, just waiting for the Sprint Lane.

And that was just what he did, finding Rhyfelctive and The Shooting Star running on tired legs and finishing in second and third place respectively.

The fourth event on the programme, The Northpoint Ford Claiming Pace,a race over 1609 metres, had seen Crazy Dave, a nine year old black gelding , start at favourite.

With no form on record for this new season as yet, he had twenty nine starts last season for five wins and six seconds.

Holme on The River had shot to the lead from barrier two, with Ona Rocky Beach in behind the leader and facing Bien Hoa the breeze.

At this stage Crazy Dave had been three back, on the inside.

At the bell Holme On The River still sat comfortable in the lead with Bien Hoa up on his outside.

Borntobeanartist, which had played up at the start was running about 150 metres behind the leaders.

Nothing changed for the rest of the lap until they reached the back bend when Keayang Storm took to the outside running, with Crazy Dave following him through and Power Of Attorney running four wide as they came into the straight.

At the line it had been Keayang Storm’s race to claim, with Crazy Dave second and Bien Hoa running on in third place.

I noticed that Buriton Bailey had again been scratched, as it had last meeting, hopefully having a spell.

Reddy Major had started favourite in the Allwood stud Farm Pace, again a 1609 metre race, for 3 yr old and older.

Imalittlefalcon, a four year old,  was having his maiden run, starting from barrier seven, next to Thats Macs Girl which had started at 256/1.

And for sentimental reasons I had a small wager, and she almost got in with a place, which would have been nice.

Wayne Hill and Brodie Webster had both been looking to score a double with this race.

Reddy Major had no trouble in taking the lead when they were released with Forte Courage on his outside.

Imalittlefalcon, and isn’t he little, like a Shetland pony, in behind the leader, travelling nicely.

Positions remained tight during the race, with Reddy Major and Forte Courage getting away from the pack in the back straight.

And what a race it had been to the line between the two but it had been Reddy Major who had kicked back to give Wayne Hill hid double for the evening.

Forte Courage had finished in second spot and then it had been twenty one metres back to Outa Control and like I said That’s Macs Girl finished fourth.

Imalittlefalcon couldn’t keep up at the finish but give him time.

The Elders Insurance Discretionary, 2050 metres, had seen Clarenden Hustler start favourite from barrier three.

This had been a Standing Start race and I had a couple of dollars on Major Trump, because my grandson just loves Donald.

He threw his head around at the start, but had kept position and Clarendon Hustler had been back in last position after galloping.

Sirladyn Reva had tacked on behind the leader and the two had streaked away from the field.

At the bell and Major Trump had been bowling along nicely in front, as he likes to do.

Into the straight and they still hadn’t been able to catch Major Trump, I thought I was in with a win, but – alas!

Sirladyn Reva got through and bolted to the line, leaving in his wake Make Mine Joe and Cheersbigears.

Sirladyn Reva had started a phenomenal price with his last win and who would have thought that starting at 56/1 that he would have another win like this one.

Look At The Stars, a five year old gelding, trained and driven by Leah Harvey had taken out the final event of the evening.

But it had been Cora Jaccka that had taken the lead from barrier four, with Takemepitcheamister facing the breeze and Look At The Stars on the inside.

In the straight Dani Hill had taken the favourite, The High Achiever, three wide to sit on the outside of the leader.

Positions had remained stagnant until the bottom bend when the race to finish had begun.

Into the straight and Leah Harvey had taken Look At The Stars to the outside and stormed to the outside of The High Achiever.

It had been the night for Look At The Stars, which had shot ahead to win by almost three metres with Shezwhitelightning in third after finding a run in the Sprint Lane.

And so ended another great night of trotting.

Into the straight and Leah Harvey had taken Look At The Stars to the outside and stormed to the outside of The High Achiever.

The next race night is Saturday, September 22, we hope to see you there .

On a stroke of luck the fields now are published late Tuesday afternoon, just in time to catch publishing time, so that is something to look forward to next week, the fields.

See you at the track!