The Border Watch : April 1st 2014
26 harness racing ness racing GRITTY mare Forced Out brought the ne to a halt in one of three close finishes at the ness racing GRITTY GRITTY mare Forced Out brought the ne to a halt in one of three close finishes at the Greenwald Paceway on Sunday evening. Glenthorne was attempting to make it four wins from as many starts in the Don McDonnell Memorial, but simply found the David Kemp trained Forced Out too strong in the final few metres. The victory by the five-year-old mare was her second in the space of ten days, having also been successful as an odds on favourite at Stawell in C1 company. It was the icing on the cake for the night for her owner Phil Wood who is also president of the Mount Gambier Harness Racing Club. Considering her easy all the way win at Stawell, Forced Out was remarkable value on Sunday as a $10.10 chance, with punters sending out Glenthorne as an odds on chance for the third successive time. Being able to lead is Forced Out’s forte, and driver Jason Glynn wasted no time in scooting the mare straight to the lead from gate two. There were no excuses for Glenthorne which settled one out and three back and the four year old was given every opportunity to gun down Forced Out in the last half lap. A delighted Wood stated “There is a C1-C2 mare’s race as part of Ararat Cup night next Saturday and we will probably head there.” There is no doubt that Forced Out is in career best form, and a front row draw would once again bring her into contention against what is expected to be a stronger field at Ararat. Favourites book ended the card, with three odds on favourites going under in the interim. For the first half of the program, it was all about the Finnis family, with trainer Barry and son Jayson combining to win the first three races. The door is now ajar for the pair to make life interesting for trainer/driver David Drury in his quest to win his first trainer/ driver premierships on the local scene. Currently, Drury has a lead of three wins on both premiership tables with two meetings left. Cup win repeated PATRONS watching the opening race could have been excused for thinking they were watching a replay of the 2014 Mount Gambier Gold Cup. On that occasion back in January, Paris To Berlin led from pillar to post and that was again the case in Sunday evening’s R3-R13 pace. Always favourite with the on course bookmaker but not so with the tote, Paris To Berlin recaptured his Gold Cup form and made it two wins (at Terang and Mount Gambier) in the space of four days. All of his four of 2014 wins have been achieved by leading all the way and the writing was on the wall when Jayson Finnis was able to retain the lead from the pole. It was no wonder his opponents could not chase him down in the final lap as Paris To Berlin scorched home the last 800 metres in 58.5 seconds. The Peter Tonkin trained Galatos opened up favourite with fixed odds, but he weakened to finish sixth, and it was left to the outsiders Big Gorilla and Walberon to fill the placings. Last stride victory JUST when Adams Express seemed destined to make it back-to-back wins at the Greenwald Paceway, Maybe Cruising denied the Ken Dihm trained pacer success in the last stride of the R1 pace. Finnis had Maybe Cruising – which had been sadly out of form in 2014 – parked in behind Adams Express and Finnis would 26 - The Border Watch, Tuesday, April 1, 2014 FORCEFUL WIN: Forced Out, driven by Jason Glynn, trained by David Kemp and part owned by Mount Gambier Harness Racing Club president, Phil Wood, was an impressive winner of the Don McDonnell Memorial at Greenwald Paceway on Sunday night. not have been that confident of securing a run as the $1.20 favourite Racer was on his outside for most of the race. In what can only be described as a poor effort, Racer put up the white flag from the 400 metres and Finnis had 300 metres to try and catch the leader. With the first two at double figure odds on the tote, it resulted in a big quinella dividend of $191.50. Tough effort THE Finnis camp made it a treble in as may races when Top Share put up a tough performance to win the three-year-old pace. Finnis made his move to sit outside the leader Our Mackalena with 900 metres to run and when the leader compounded in the final half lap, Finnis was able to grab a winning break with Top Share. At the last meeting here, Top Share was a distant third to Samara Sky but was able to turn the tables by 23 metres on the filly on this occasion. Samara Sky was sent out as an odds on favourite, and although given a good run in transit, did not run on as well as her backers would have liked in the straight. The polemarker Diamonds At Dusk was backed from $7 into $4.80 with fixed odds and finished fourth after having every chance. Hope for all owners IF medals are given out for patience and perseverance, then the nine owners of Wings Of Delight should be the first in the queue. Seemingly destined for a career as a maiden after 11 previous placings, Wings Of Delight broke through for her first win – at start No. 28 – in a race that many gave her little chance of actually winning. Perhaps it was Mick Micallef, having his first drive with Wings Of Delight that did the trick, but whatever the reason the mare beat some more fancied rivals in a thrilling three way finish. Micallef gave Wings Of Delight (which eased out to $10.80) a good run behind the leader Cryptic Chance and made the most of an opening at the right time in the straight. Why Cryptic Chance was backed in to start an even money chance on Tattsbet VisiT Us OnLine borderwatch.com.au Forced Out thwarts glenthorne’s unbeaten run THREE STRAIGHT: Jayson Finnis drove the first three winners of Sunday night’s harness meeting at Greenwald Paceway, Paris To Berlin, Maybe Cruising and Top Share, all trained by Glencoe by Finnis’ father, Barry. following his shocking effort at Terang four days earlier (when virtually tailed off) is one of the great mysteries of local harness racing. Nevertheless the money seemed on the ball until the last few strides when Wings Of Delight arrived on the scene to give her many local owners a reason to celebrate. Unconvincing win THE Kevin Brough trained, Four Starzzz Fella was looked upon as a good thing on the program, and an anchor for punters investing on the quadrella, treble and double. And while Four Starzzz Fella did the right thing by his supporters to lead all the way, the last 80 metres did give them more than a moments concdern. Once Matthew Craven was able to lead without any problems whatsoever with Four Starzzz Fella, it seemed a mere matter of “time and margins, please judge” to quote a term of local racecaller Allen Williams. To the credit of the runner up Just Be Modern, the mare made up a lot of ground in the straight and forced Craven out of cruise control with the $1.20 favourite. The fact the last half was run in 59.8 seconds gives more respectability to the effort of Just Be Modern. Only a week’s break until the next harness meeting, the penultimate one for the season on Tuesday night, April 8. Victoria Hotel drive of the night Mick Micaleff (Wings Of Delight) Black bookers Paris To Berlin (with a 58.5 last half can win again from a similar draw). Just Be Modern (ran home resolutely and ready to win again).
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