An early start to the night of harness racing had seen everyone packed up and home again just after dark had fallen last Saturday evening.
The first event of the evening was at five thirty, the TAB Pace, a race over 1609 metres and for R1 to R2 horses.
What a line-up of horses had started in this event from Lah Grin to The Quick Shadow and Pat The Pony.
I had picked The Quick Shadow, probably more as a sentimental pick but a good pick by the way, anyway.
The Quick Shadow is owned by Mr Ian Shepherd, a man of very limited eyesight and therefore is unable to see his beautiful mare run, but can still feel the thrill when she passes the post in first place.
She presented to the track in perfect condition, looking like the winner she was, as is usual with horses trained by Tyson Linke.
Starting favourite, a quick run with a mile rate of 1.57.5 had seen her beat Melegend by a halfhead with another 12 metres back to Princess Cleopatra.
Starting favourite, a quick run with a mile rate of 1.57.5 had seen her [Quick Shadow] beat Melegend by a halfhead with another 12 metres back to Princess Cleopatra. Wayne Hill had scored his first win of the evening but it was a disappointing result for sister Danielle, who had finished at the rear of the field on Pat The Pony.
Wayne Hill had scored his first win of the evening but it was a disappointing result for sister Danielle, who had finished at the rear of the field on Pat The Pony.
The Hopkins Saddlery Pace had seen a good field of ten take to the barrier with Culture King, a three year old gelding, start favourite.
Over 1609 metres, Valiant Demon had broken at the start and is now out of the draw.
JoJo Dreaming had been inconvenienced due to this and Glider is also on a last chance in the draw.
But it had been Culture King’s race, winning by seventeen and a half metres. Shesashark had run in second place and away another three metres had been Glider.
The race had been run in a Mile Rate of 1.57.2.
Riverina Ava ran a disappointing race but was running with a bad cold and has now gone for a spell, the little three year old mare will return once she has rested up a bit.
Starting favourite in the third event on the programme, Thomas Burns, a four year old black horse, had sat three wide in the early stages of the race.
Under the guiding hand of Danielle Hill, he had worked his way forward to sit outside the leader at the bell.
He had remained there during the last lap to go on to finish in front of Canelliesparkle by two and a half metres.
Dale Afford, the driver of Canelliesparkle, had been reprimanded over contact with the marker pegs.
Jaylets Hunter had finished a further two and a half metres back in third spot with the Mile Rate for the winner being a nice fast 1.55.1.
Onto the Follow the Stars Pace, again over 1609 metres, Paul Fidge’s Lucky VG had started favourite and had seen Wayne Hill looking for a double.
Sitting one out and two back at the bell, the perfect run had been right at his fingertips. Hill did rack up his double with Lucky VG finishing five metres in front of Julius Franco.
Midnitedelite’s driver, Tiana McMahon, had protested against Julius Franco for being inconvenienced at the bell.
The protest had been dismissed. The driver of Tossup, Brodie Webster, had been fined $50 for contact with the marker pegs.
A quick time of 1.55.4 had been recorded and the distance between second and third, Atomic Blue Chip, had been one and a half metres. The track rating for the night had been good but one would have to think ‘fast’ was more like it.
The fifth event on the card, The Laucke Mills Pace, had seen Wayne Hill notch up his treble for the night. Driving For The Corz, Hill had sat the mare one out, one back at the bell and had made the most of the good position.
I had thought Condon may have been in with a chance after his last win at Port Pirie, but he did manage a good second with Bettorhavtime running on in third.
The old ten year old gelding, Its Me Telowie, fronted up in the Henry Osborne Fodder Store Pace, starting at a good price of $8.50.
Favourite in the race had been One Night at Themile and although he had raced quite well, the likes of Its Me Telowie, Vicky Sheffield and Jack’s Legacy, all finishing in first to third respectively, had been too strong for him.
I believe that Its Me Telowie has recently come to Ashleigh Dunkley’s stables and with a little love and care has performed once more to his highest capabilities. He had gone on to win by five and a half metres in a Mile rate of 1.57.2.
The last event on the programme, The Chris Bishop Milk Vendor Pace had seen Danielle Hill score up her double for the evening.
The Lance Holberton trained Mark Dennis, another ten year old, had fought out the lead position with Rate Highly, the favourite , and driven by Wayne Hill. There was no sibling giving in to the other in this race. Sirladyn Reba, starting at $21.00, had finished in third place.
Mile rate in this event had been 1.59.1. All races for the evening had been under the 2 minute mark, quite a fast evening.
Congratulations to Kate Gath, as in my other article, winning the TAB Inter Dominion Trotting Championship at Melton last Saturday night. What an achievement for a Pirie bred girl. So until next time
See you at the track!