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Observer Victorian                                                                    Sport

                                                            MAGICAL MOMENTS AT MOONEE VALLEY
                                                           ■ Three huge features
                                                           were held at Moonee Val-              Harness Racing                                        Baker’s Delight
                                                           ley last Friday, the
                                                           $100,000 Sky Racing
 Top run at Nyah                                           (Group 1) Vicbred Super                                                                     Late split at Ballarat
                                                           Series for Three Year Old                                                                   ■ Much travelled 9-Y-0 Albert Albert/Beauty Con-
 ■ Great Western's Grant Campbell made the long            Colts & Geldings Final,
 journey to Nyah on Tuesday worthwhile, taking the         the $50,000 Victaulic                                                                       test gelding Belepheron now in the care of Glenn
 fast class event on the program - the Coburns             (Group 2) 4 & 5 Year Old                                                                    Gath at Long Forest, chalked up his 25th victory
 Earthmoving (Major Sponsors) Pace for C6 or bet-          Championship and the                                                                        when successful in the Castlegate Nutragrow Claim-
 ter class over 2170 metres with ex-Kiwi 4-Y-0 geld-       time honoured $50,000                                                                       ing Handicap over 2200 metres at Ballarat on Thurs-
 ing Shardons Rocket.                                      MHRC Junction Tabaret
     Leading easily from gate two, Campbell knew           (Group 3) The Holmfield.                                                                    day.
 what Shardons Rocket was made of and ran along               It was impossible to                                                                        Driven by uncle Brian Gath, Belepheron stepped
 with the son of Pacific Rocket and Shardon's Way,         eradicate the smile off the                                                Melbourne        safely from the pole to trail the old timer Walton
 making those chasing earn their keep.
     Kicking away on straightening, Shardons Rocket
                                                           faces of Monegeetta resi-
                                                           dents Mick Lingard, wife
                                                                                                                                  Observer             Flyer next to him, receiving a charmed trip through-
                                                                                                                                      lenbaker@        out.
 shortened stride as the winning post came into view,      Pam and son Terry, fol-                                      
 hanging on to defeat Miss Laura Jane along the sprint     lowing the victory of their                                                                    When Walton Flyer kicked away on turning he
 lane from three back along the markers by a head          Village Jasper//Amarillen             with Len Baker                                        looked all over a winner, but started to shorten stride
 only in 2-01.8, with the polemarker Our Buddy Holly       gelding Villagem in the                                                                     when the winning post came into view and
 third after trailing the leader.                          Super Series Final over                                       shadows of the post in a      Belepheron gained a late split to gain the day from
                                                           2100 metres.
                                                              Trained by neighbours
                                                                                          Outsider                       2-05.7 mile rate, with
                                                                                                                         Orlandos Dream third af-
                                                                                                                                                       Mister Clinton out wide and Walton Flyer in a rate
 Dave takes the reins                                      Lisa and David Miles at        ■ The Holmfied for
                                                                                          Three Year Old Trotters
                                                                                                                         ter trailing the leader
                                                                                                                         Brevillian, before easing
                                                                                                                                                       of 2-03.4.
 ■ Shepparton (Kialla) trainer/driver Dave Farrar          Laurel Lodge and driven
                                                                                          over 1609 metres went
 rarely seen in the sulky, took the reins aboard his
 Armbro Operative/Gandhis Lady gelding Transfor-
                                                           by Lisa, Villagem came
                                                           out running from gate          the way of the rank out-
                                                                                                                         wide on the final bend.
                                                                                                                                                       Started from inside
                                                                                          sider Chipmont Lad for
 mation in the Garrards Horse & Hound 3-Y-0 Pace
 over 1690 metres at Kilmore on Monday, which
                                                           three, keeping the
                                                           favourite Garnet River         popular Portarlington
                                                                                          trainer Gary Bailey and
                                                                                                                         2 from 2                      ■ Kialla trainer Steve O'Donoghue's very smart Our
                                                                                                                                                       Sir Vancelot/Classic Chloe gelding La Morey was a
                                                           (gate five) posted as they                                    ■ Heat number two saw         most impressive winner of the Nyah Nyah West
 came home a most impressive winner.                       went flying into the first     Melton based reinsman          the Elsu/Pumpkin colt
    Checked and galloping wildly shortly after the         turn in a lead time of 34.9    Rodney Petroff at              Confused Superstar make       United Football And Netball Club 3-Y-0 Pace over
 start appearing to put himself out of business, Trans-    seconds.                       Supertab odds of $93.90.       it two from two for           2170 metres at Nyah on Tuesday.
 formation trailed wide in the final circuit, looking to      Content on holding the          Settling at the tail of    Melton trainer Ken Tippet        Starting from the inside of the second row,
 be under extreme pressure on the home turn to make        front running, Lisa knew       the field from gate three      and neighbour Lance Jus-
 ground.                                                                                  on the second line with        tice.                         reinsman Neil McCallum restrained La Moray to
                                                           what was under her and                                           Leading out from the       settle at the rear of the field, while some of his rivals
    Under hard driving in the centre of the track on       the much improved              the exception of Dottie
                                                                                          Hinson and the favourite       pole, Confused Superstar      took turns to occupy the spot outside the leader Paddy
 straightening, Transformation rallied to gain a vir-      Villagem rated to perfec-                                     was never headed in de-
 tual last stride decision over the roughie Taurus         tion in quarters of 31.5,      Down Under Muscles             feating Im Chilled along      Moreau from gate two.
 George and Card Player in a rate of 2-01.1.               31.5, 28.6 and 27.8 for the    which both missed away,        the sprint lane which            Gaining a lovely trail three wide on the back of
                                                           last mile, defied all chal-    Chipmont Lad a gelded          trailed by a half neck in
                                                                                          son of Band Of Chips and       2-09.6, with The Tarkine      Manwarra Kinsman which had been wide at the bell,
                                                           lengers in accounting for
 28th run wasn’t easy                                      a game Living On Fire
                                                           which raced wide from
                                                                                          Kept Lady weaved a pas-
                                                                                          sage in-between runners
                                                                                                                         the run of the race to be
                                                                                                                         close up in third place af-
                                                                                                                                                       La Moray when taken wide on turning, easily took
                                                                                                                                                       care of the opposition to win narrowly but well in
 ■ Ballarat owner/trainer Mick Kennedy would have          the bell by a two metre        in the last lap to be poised   ter galloping away and        advance of Twisted Firestarter which did his share
 been "over the moon" when his 5-Y-0 Mon Poppy                                            one/one running into the       racing wide for the final
                                                           margin, with a death-seat-                                    circuit.                      of work in the run, with Pieces Of A Dream third
 Day/American Laughter mare Its Shanballyboct              ing Presidential Lane third    final bend.
                                                                                              Easing three wide on          Undefeated Earl/           after having a cosy passage just off the speed.
 broke her maiden staus in the MHRC Pace for C0            in a mile rate of 1-58.3.                                     Icantremember gelding
 class over 2175 metres at Stawell on Thursday.                                           turning, Chipmont Lad          Mister Castleton brought         The mile rate 2-01.8.
    Making her 28th appearance at the races, Its                                          ran home strongly to race      up a hat-trick in the third
 Shanballyboct driven by Burrumbeet's David                Enjoyed it                     away over the concluding
                                                                                          stages in recording an 8.5
                                                                                                                         heat for Charlton part-
                                                                                                                         owner/trainer         John    Youngster blitzes rivals
 Barbetti was left in the open from gate four when         ■ It was the Miles' again      metre victory over Trottin     Tormey and reinswoman
 Howzatmyfault inside her crossed the polemarker           in the 4 & 5 Year Old          On The Ritz and Kan Yu         daughter Ellen.               ■ At Ballarat on Thursday, Great Western's Peter
 Flight Warrior to lead.                                   Championship, when very        in 2-01.6.                        Badly away from gate       Manning produced an exciting youngster by the
    Despite the tough passage, Its Shanballyboct           much in-form 5-Y-0 Pa-             It was without doubt       two on the second line,       name of Mendelico to blitz her rivals in the Ballarat
 strode clear on turning and held a margin to the wire     cific Fella/Forest Charm       the "drive of the night" by    Mister Castleton gradu-
                                                                                                                         ally made ground before       Toyota 3-Y-0 Pace over 1710 metres on debut.
 in defeating the Jeff Hargreaves trained stablemates      mare Pacific Charm con-        the underrated Petroff to      being set alight to lead at   Driven by John Caldow, Mendelico was sent for-
 Kurraca Tumbleweed and Little Trickster in a rate         tinued her climb through       give him his biggest thrill    the bell, then leaving his    ward from outside the front row, using up plenty of
 of 2-05.7.                                                the ranks to snare the fea-    in harness racing.             rivals standing to race
                                                           ture event.                                                   right away in the last lap    petrol to cross the leader Veejayrific (gate two) run-
                                                                                                                         and win by a conservative     ning into the first turn.
 Energetic racing
                                                              Beginning speedily
                                                           from gate two, Pacific         Proud place                    48.6 metre margin in ad-
                                                                                                                         vance of My Lady Posh
                                                                                                                                                       Always well in control, Mendelico when given an
                                                           Charm pounced on the           ■ The Two Year Old             and Gluteus Major in a        inch of rein on turning bounded away to score by a
 ■ Mr Clancy (Village Jasper/Miss Clancy) also led         early lead, before Lisa
 for the majority of the trip in the SEW-Eurodrive                                        Trotters took pride of         rate of 2-06.6.               14.7 metre margin in advance of Our Miss Daisy
                                                           elected to take a trail on     place at the Kilmore              The $30,000 Final will     (one/one) and Kiss And Fly in a brilliant 1-59.7 (last
 Pace for C6 & C7 class after surprisingly being           the classy Sydney visitor      meeting on Monday June         be held at Moonee Valley
 handed the lead by the noted front runner Princess        Rohan Home with around                                        on Friday June 12.            half 58 - quarter 28.7).
                                                                                          1, with three heats of the
 Dilinger.                                                 1900 metres to travel.         Tatlow Stakes over 2180
    With Justice sitting quiet, Mr Clancy defied all
 challengers in accounting for Good Bye which raced
                                                              Enjoying the run of the
                                                           race, Pacific Charm made
                                                                                          metres being held.
                                                                                              First starter Amiri, a     Big day                       4 wins from 9 starts
 outside him from the bell and Spider Nelson (one/         full use of the sprint lane    gelded son of Wind Cries       ■ Lance Justice enjoyed       ■ Terang trainer Marg Lee's promising home bred
 one) in 2-02.1.                                           on turning to gain the day     Maori and Wongala              a happy day at Kilmore,       4-Y-0 Badlands Hanover/Melita mare Landsita re-
                                                           by a head over Rohan           Dianne snared the first        finishing with a driving      turned to form with a victory in the Daniel Torpy
                                                           Home and another N-S-W         heat for Elmore owner/         treble after guiding Kiwi
 This Week’s Meetings                                      visitor in Super Sires vic-    trainer Jenny Johnson and
                                                                                          Bendigo reinsman Paul
                                                                                                                         bred stablemates Mister
                                                                                                                         Veejays Fella and Mr
                                                                                                                                                       Pace for C1 class (mares) over 2200 metres at Bray
                                                                                                                                                       Raceway Ballarat in 2-02.3.
 ■   Wednesday - Bendigo,                                  tor Magic Operative from                                      Clancy to victory in their
                                                           four back the markers in a     Campbell.                      respective races.                Driven as usual by nephew Glen Craven, Landsita
 ■   Thursday - Warragul/Terang,                                                              Given a cosy trip three                                  spent most of the race bottled up three back along
 ■   Friday - Cobram/Moonee Valley,                        rate of 1-59.                                                    Mister Veejays Fella
                                                              Bred by Staffordshire       back along the markers         (Village Jasper/Matters       the markers, with the last start Geelong winner
 ■   Saturday - Ballarat,                                  Park (Rochester) and           from inside the second         Not) led for the majority
 ■   Sunday - Bacchus Marsh@Geelong,                                                      line, Amiri was eased          of the trip in the Melrose    Allegra piloting the field from gate four.
                                                           raced on lease by the 13       away from the inside on        Airport Parking Pace for         Extricated into the clear on the home turn,
 ■   Monday - Horsham/Kilmore,                             strong Fingers Crossed
 ■   Tuesday - Bendigo.                                                                   the home turn and ran          C4 & C5 class over 2180       Landsita ran home strongly to nail Allegra by a head
                                                           Syndicate managed by           home stylishly to score        metres to score by a nose
                                                           Lisa Miles, Pacific Charm                                     over Vintage Jag (one/        right on the wire, with Star Cheval third after mak-
                                                                                          from Southport Cee who's
 Horses To Follow                                          has gone from strength to
                                                           strength this season,
                                                                                          effort was huge after be-
                                                                                          ing badly away, three
                                                                                                                         one) in a finish which
                                                                                                                         tricked many, with Our
                                                                                                                                                       ing a long run three wide in the final circuit.
                                                                                                                                                          Landsita has fronted the starter nine times for 4
 ■ Speak Dutch, Sky Salute, Sledging, Kokoda               chalking up eight victories                                   Jaccka Lad third after        wins.
                                                                                          wide at the bell and surg-     trailing the winner and
 Courage, Twisted Firestarta, Diceneasy, Hezaliner.        to give her an overall tally   ing clear in the last lap      using the sprint lane to no                                          - Len Baker
                                                           of fifteen.                    only to be grabbed in the      avail. Mile rate 2-03.3.

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