The Border Watch : January 27th 2014
34 HARNESS RACING VISIT US ONLINE borderwatch.com.au Big night for Drury with cup win Owner/driver takes Kyms Boy to line in dominant style over final lap 4 HARNESS RACING VISIT US ON ESS RACING VISIT US ONLINE borderwatch.com.au Big night for Drury with cup win Owner/driver takes Kyms Boy to line in dominant style over final lap pundits pundits trimmed the chances in last Friday night’s 2015 Heywood Cup at the Greenwald Paceway down to just two winning chances. Kyms Boy and Glenthorne, the two stars of the local pacing scene so far this season, dominated betting but the race was made a one horse affair in the final lap by Kyms Boy. Given the ideal run in the one- one sit by driver/trainer David Drury, Kyms Boy ($1.70 fav.) put a space on Glenthorne from the 400 metres to win his fourth race since being recruited last year to the Drury stable from New Zealand. Glenthorne was left in Kyms Boy’s wake in the last half lap, with the minor placing going Amberlu Angus who ran home well from last at his first run for nearly seven months. As the second leg of the daily double, the dividend paid an exceptional $207.00 following the first leg win of the outsider Viriginia Connection. The Heywood Cup victory capped off a big night for Drury who had a double as a trainer/driver which was enough to see him grab top spot on the driver’s premiership ladder as we appraoch the half way mark of the season. Attendance for the annual meeting for the Heywood community was well below expectations despite perfect conditions prevailing. First local winner ARARAT trainer Craig McKinnis had his first runner at the Greenwald Paceway and would have headed for home thinking “how easy is this” after his mare Justa Dream Lombo blitzed her rivals in the opening event. Her cause was helped by the scratching of the other main fancy Go Betweens which was sold mid week and has left the district. Subsequently, Justa Dream Lombo stifled betting throughout as a $1.40 chance and never left her backer’s down once driver Matthew Craven took her straight to the lead. It was a procession in the final 600 metres as Justa Dream Lombo registered the easiest win of her career by 26 metres. JUST LIKE THE OLD DAYS VETERAN Hamilton trainer/ driver Jim Barker does not domi- TRAINING AND DRIVING HONOURS: David Drury won both training and driving honours at Greenwald Paceway with a winning double, including the Heywood Cup with Kyms Boy. he always travelled in the run before using the sprint lane in the straight. Still unbeaten here this season PROMISING three year old Jax Navaro overcame an unplaced run at Hamilton five days earlier to return to the winner’s list in the R1 pace. GET OUT STAKES: Mark Phillips closed out last Friday’s Mount Gambier Harness Racing Club with a win behind Marcus Brutus. nate the local harness racing scene like he did many years ago and he certainly enjoyed piloting Showem Shifty to victory at double figure odds in heat one of the R0 pace. It would have brought back memories of the golden era for Barker when Showem Shifty powered home to break his maiden status at start number 35. With half a lap to run, it looked as though Showem Shifty would still remain a maiden, but he zoomed into winning calculations on the home turn with a quick turn of foot. The leading pair – Hey Peggy Sue and the favourite Dazzling Delight – tired suddenly in the straight and it was left to two outsiders to provide the quinella. For the runner up Jasper Ray, at odds of better than 20/1, it was his first placing in six starts and Results MOUNT Gambier Harness Racing Club results from Friday, January 23, 2015: Race 1, $3000 George Kay R1 Memorial, 2190m: ($1.40 fav.) Just A Dream Lombo (M. Craven) 1; ($8.90) Adams Express (M. Phillips) 2; ($6.90) Im Lonely (B. Howard) 3. Others: Maybe Cruising, Baby Bliss, Nicmac Bromac, Latoya Lass, Pleasedtobetibet. Margins: 26m, 3m. Time: 2.44.1. Mile rate: 2.00.6. Last half: 58.8. Owner: C. McKinnis. Trainer: Craig McKinnis (Ararat). Numbers: 2, 5, 7, 4. Win: $1.40. Place: $1.20, $1.70, $1.40. Quinella: $4.80. Trifecta: $9.50. Exacta: $4.70. First 4: $42. Race 2, $2000 Heywood Hotel/Barclay's Tyres Heywood R0 Pace (Heat 1), 1790m:P ($12.60) Showem Shifty (J. Barker) 1; ($22.70) Jasper Ray (B. Howard) 2; ($5.70) Peggy Sue (J. Glynn) 3. Others: ($2.10 fav.) Dazzling Delight, Jilliby Fireball, Oso Saucey, Hanlon Parade. Margins: 1.7 metres, 1.3 metres. Time: 2.15.7. Mile rate: 2.02.0. Last half: 61.3. Owner: J. Barker. Trainer: Jim Barker (Hamilton). Numbers: 7, 5, 1, 2. Win: $12.60. Place: $4.50, $5.20, ntd. Quinella: $66.30. Trifecta: $502.20. Exacta: $113. First 4: $961. Extra double (2 & 7) $52.40. Race 3, $2000 Heywood Hotel/ Keatings Heywood Caremore Pharmacy R1 Pace, 1790m: ($1.50 fav.) Jax Navaro (M. Micallef) 1; ($3.40) Just Like Elle (M. Craven) 2; ($13.40) Eyesrroamin (R. Barker) 3. Others: Amazing Cruiser, Ruffiano, Barley Shaker, Code Of Conduct, Tianischoice, Nifty Manwarra, Fill Billys Shoes. Margins: 3.8 metres, 1.4 metres. Time: 2.12.8. Mile rate: 1.59.4. Last half: 60.8. Owners: P. & L. Medhurst. Trainer: Barry Finnis (Glencoe). 34 - The Border Watch, Tuesday, January 27, 2015 Numbers: 10, 9, 5, 6. Win: $1.50. Place: $1.10, $1.50, $1.70. Quinella: $2.40. Trifecta: $10.50. Exacta: $3.20. First 4: $46.60. Race 4, $2000 Heywood Hardware/ Eastbro Lodge R0 Pace (Heat 2), 1790m: ($4.50) Our Mackalena (D. Drury) 1; ($11) Case Forty Seven (B. Howard) 2; ($1.50 fav.) Royal Jacquard (M. Micallef) 3. Others: Cheap Trix, Johnny Redcoat, Jilliby Kesha. Margins: 1.9 metres, 3.2 metres. Time: 2.17.04. Mile rate: 2.03.02. Last half: 59.2. Owners: D., C., W. Drury, K. Jones, L. & D. Mulraney, A. Hann. Trainer: David Drury (Mingbool). Numbers: 1, 2, 7, 5. Win: $4.50. Place: $2.20, $3.60, ntd. Quinella: $41.70. Trifecta: $47.40. Exacta: $31.20. First 4: $114. Race 5, $3000 Norms Building & Plumbing Supplies Trotters Handicap, 2190m: ($59.10) Virginia Connection (J. O'Connor) 1; ($1.60 fav.) Lombo Scrutinizer (J. Hurrell) 2; ($6) The Final Cut (R. Barker) 3. Others: Master Kiesey, Lena's Pride, Peters Passion, New Divide, Redhead Rage. Margins: 3 metres, 9.7 metres. Time: 2.56.6. Mile rate: 2.09.8. Last half: 63.6. Owners: A. & J. O'Connor. Trainer: Jonathon O'Connor (Narrawong). Numbers: 2, 8, 7, 5. Win: $59.10. Place: $7.50, $1.40, $1.80. Quinella: $60.90. Trifecta: $966.90. Exacta: $94.20. First 4: Jackpot. Race 6, $3000 Heywood Cup, 2190m: ($1.70 fav.) Kyms Boy (D. Drury) 1; ($2.10) Glenthorne (M. Micallef) 2; ($17) Amberlu Angus (M. Craven) 3. Others: Howsherolls, Shoe Shine Boy, Our Uptown Girl. Margins: 12.5 metres, 7 metres. Time: 2.45.03. Mile rate: 2.01.3. Last half: 60.4. Owners: A. Hann, D., C. & W. Drury, R. & J. Healey, M. & T. Cirillo. Trainer: David Drury (Mingbool). Numbers: 4, 6, 5, 3. Win: $1.70. Place: $1.00, $1.40, ntd. Quinella: $1.30. Trifecta: $4.70. Exacta: $1.90. First 4: $25.40. Daily double (2 & 4) $207. Treble (1, 2, 4) $359. Quadrella (10, 1, 2, 4) $1757.40. Race 7, $3000 Barry McIntyre Memorial 3YO Pace, 2190m: ($11) Marcus Brutus (M. Phillips) 1; ($3 fav.) Aint Nosecondprize (D. Drury) 2; ($3.50) Give Me A Hand (M. Craven) 3. Others: Juliet Dreams, Dorothy Hester, Eastbro Caesar, Chacier. Margins: 3.9 metres, ½ head. Time: 2.51.0. Mile rate: 2.05.7. Last half: 59.9. Owners: D. & G. Phillips, C. Johansen. Trainer: David Phillips (Yahl). Numbers: 2, 4, 3, 1. Win: $11. Place: $4.10, $2.00, ntd. Quinella: $15.50. Trifecta: $101.50. Exacta: $71.10. First 4: $1373.60. From his second row draw, Jax Navaro was eased back to the rear of the field by driver Mick Micallef before producing the youngster with a long, sustained run from the 1000 metres. Micallef’s cause was abetted by being able to latch on to a three trail in the final lap, and Jax Navaro went on to keep his unbeaten status intact at the Greenwald Paceway this season. Micallef’s joy at the win was obvious for all to see in the final few metres when he waved his whip with great gusto to the crowd, obviously dedicating the victory to his mate Tony Pullicino who passed away suddenly last week. Drury at his best THE cards fell into place beautifully for Drury in the second heat of the R0 pace when Our Mackalena was able to win her first race this campaign. Our Mackalena races best when able to lead which she was able to do from the pole, and Drury then dictated terms to a nicety thereafter. With his main danger, the odds-on favourite Royal Jacquard, snookered on the pegs three horses back, Drury could sense victory coming a long way from the judge and it came as no surprise to see a slow mile rate (2.03.02) for the 1790 metre trip. All Drury had to do in the final lap was quicken the tempo, which he did and Our Mackalena slipped up a gear to run a sparkling final half of 59.2 seconds. Blowout of the night SEVERAL runners in the trotter’s handicap were not on their best behaviour, breaking at various stages and not helping the race as a spectacle. Out in front and doing everything right was Virginia Connection at odds of almost 60/1 for driver/ trainer/part owner Jonathan O’Connor. The six year old mare had never been placed at six previous career runs, hence the big odds, and she defied being run down in the final lap. Doing the chasing was the odds- on favourite Lombo Scrutinizer, and many expected the gelding to pick up the leader with ease in the straight but it never eventuated. Trial form proven LAST of 10 at his only other start last August at Hamilton, Marcus Brutus gave Yahl trainer David Phillips reasons to rejoice with an all the way win in the three year old pace. Those who follow local trial form were given some incentive to back Marcus Brutus as he narrowly won a trial here on January 7 in preparation for his comeback to racing. Once driver Mark Phillips was able to lead from gate two, Marcus Brutus was always in control and he comfortably held off the favourite Aint Nosecondprize who had every possible chance. That was win number three here this season for Mark Phillips to enable him slip into the top four on the driver’s permiership table. The first starter Give Me A Hand, a solid second favourite, did his chances no favours by skipping on the final turn when commencing his run. Friday night harness racing continues next week (January 30) in the lead up to the heats and final of the Mount Gambier Gold Cup during February. Drive of the night: David Drury (Our Mackalena).
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