The Border Watch : May 9th 2014
50 RACING HALL OF FAMER: Adelaide based trainer, Leon MacDonald, who was recently inducted to the Australian Racing Hall-of-Fame will be the special guest of the Mount Gambier Racing Club’s pre-cup cocktail party next Wednesday. Harness Locals On The Track Melton (tonight) R No. Horse 4 8 7 Weallwantano 7 Cheap Tint Ararat (Sunday) 4 5 6 6 8 Mymasterpiece 7 Strong As Arma 3 Maybe Cruising 6 Ruffiano 6 Flaming Hero 1 Mcarlian Trainer Kevin Brough Kevin Brough Tony Glynn Tony Glynn Barry Finnis Tony Glynn 6 10 Mayorofshinetown Kevin Von Duve 7 8 8 9 9 Barry Finnis Barry Finnis 7 Four Starzzz Fella Kevin Brough 5 Peters Ace 8 Fill Billys Shoes Globe Derby (Monday) 3 9 6 Chacier 9 Dashen Sue Kevin Brough Bill Drury Bob Maloney Bob Maloney Leon MacDonald a coup for cocktail party IN a coup for the Mount Gambier Racing Club, top Adelaide - and Australian - trainer Leon MacDonald will be a guest at the revamped cocktail party next Wednesday night. MacDonald will travel to Mount Gambier just for the cocktail party (from 6.30pm at the city hall) before commitments require him to return to Adelaide the following day. Only last month, MacDonald was inducted into the Australian Racing Hall Of Fame, and he has made his way to fame with Group 1 winners such as Umrum, Gold Guru, Rebel Raider and, more recently, Go Indy Go. MacDonald will be on hand simply to meet people and answer any questions as he mixes and mingles. Also joining him to enjoy the festivities will be respected Stawell trainer Terry O’Sullivan (who is quite partial to an ale and will have runners here) and leading Mount Gambier trainer Michael O’Leary. It is obvious that the MGRC are going all out to make the cocktail party a huge event, and it was about a decade ago when it was held at the same location when hundreds turned up. As MGRC committeeman Tom Ellis said this week, “by having the cocktail party on race eve of the first day, it will virtually become be a three day carnival”. A couple of the younger generation - Astyn Reid and Tammy Baker - have come on board to help organise the evening and everyone is invited to “experience the reinvention”. It will also be a night of style with manicures, make up demonstrations, fashion displays, vouchers, samples, a licensed bar and live music all for the cost of $35 which also includes a cocktail on arrival and canapes. How’s the track? AT this time every year with the cup carnival on our doorstep, the same question arises from just about everyone you speak to. 50 - The Border Watch, Friday, May 9, 2014 How’s the track? So, yesterday TBW contacted track manager Darren Kolpin and his response was extremely positive. “Yes, it is wet from all the rain last week but it is drying out well. If we get another 5mms over the weekend that should not be a problem. A couple of fine days early next week would be ideal” he stated. Had the races been yesterday, Kolpin would have rated the track a Slow 6. Our only winner WINNING a race during the Warrnambool cup carnival is never an easy exercise, as a few local trainers found out last week. It took until the very last race on the final day for a Limestone Coast galloper to get the chocolates, and it was the grand campaigner Glaneuse which resumed from a seven month spell to win the 1400 metre $40,000 open handicap. And while trainer Michael O’Leary has been winning races off and on during the Warrnambool carnival since 1965, for winning jockey (his apprentice) Caitlin Jones it was her very first winner at Warrnambool. “She rode him exactly as I told her so you can’t do any more than that” O’Leary said. Glaneuse ($8.60) came from well back at the 600 metres to win his 13th race by a length. Naturally, Jones was over the moon at winning a $40,000 race. “It’s the biggest win of my career and to win in front of such a big crowd was a huge thrill” she said. Amazing turn out IF the attendance at the end of season trophy presentation for the Mount Gambier Harness Racing Club last Friday night indicator the future of the sport here, then we will be going to the trots for a long time to come. On one of the worse days (weather wise) here for ages, harness racing supporters from the lower South East and western Victoria supported the club magnificently in the Club Bar at the Greenwald Paceway. It was packed to the rafters and standing room only with nearly 80 people on hand in a wonderful show of support for the club. Normally the presentations are conducted after the last race of the final meeting. That looks a thing of the past now. “It was such a successful night that we are keen to continue the format in the future” a very satisfied Wood commented. Crowd well down DESPITE fine weather last Sunday, the crowd for the annual meeting of the Millicent Racing Club at Penola was the lowest for many years. Just over 800 people (down from 1,240 last year) headed to Penola, and when the crowd figure was up to around 1,500 a few years back, then there is some cause for concern. While the cool conditions on the day, and wet weather in the days preceeding the meeting, were given as the reasons for the decline in numbers, perhaps the state of the local economy might also be a factor. It will be interesting to see how the Mount Gambier cup carnival fares crowd wise, espeically with the return to the old format (Thursday and Friday). Three hectic days IT might be a two day carnival here at in Mount Gambier next week, but it will be three hectic days of socialising if you are Gallops Morphettville (tomorrow) R No. Horse 3 3 10 Miss Joolia 4 12 Bredlign 2 Hasta La Dylan 5 True Liberty Trainer 9 Iconseefraaraway Sue Murphy Darryl Dodson Sue Murphy Warracknabeal (Sunday) 2 2 2 3 4 8 Bungalally Belle 1 Arrawanooc 3 Magic Shoes 4 10 Honour System 4 11 Lolotea 6 6 7 7 8 8 2 Not Too Fussy 7 Jolly Bel 2 Just A Chat 3 Statue Of Glory 1 Tonto’s Pride 6 Equivocation 1 Casino Wizard 10 9 Moore Alpha Sue Murphy Don Irlam Darryl Dodson Belinda O’Loughlin Peter Hardacre Darryl Dodson Jeff Searle Peter Hardacre Sue Murphy Peter Hardacre Don Irlam Sue Jaensch Sue Murphy 8 12 Work Before Play Lee Creek 9 Lee Creek Heather Lehmann THE Justin Maloney horse tipping show just keeps rolling. When Maloney was invited to be part of The Border Watch’s popular tipping challenge last November, it was hardly expected that he would still be in the hot seat 23 weeks later! VISIT US ONLINE borderwatch.com.au Maloney magic keeps coming Gilbo vs theguest But here is and still going strong. The former Glencoe premiership footballer and now proprietor of his own plumbing firm, Maloney scored another two winners last, including Under The Louvre ($5.70 and $2.70) at Caulfield. He has been in hot form of late and has now forged his way to a lead of $244.50 over The Border Watch’s chief racing writer, David Gilbert. Week 45 David Gilbert’s selections Morphettville gallops (tomorrow) Race 3, No. 13, Mitford Girl, ($10 each way) Race 7, No. 9, Essay Raider, ($10 each way) Doomben gallops (tomorrow) Race 7, No. 1, Buffering, ($30 to win at fixed odds of $2.10) Warracknabeal gallops (Sunday) Race 8, No. 6, Equivocation, ($10 win, $15 place) Current balance:-$744.00 Justin Maloney’s selections Melton harness (tonight) Race 4, No. 2, Flaming Flutter, ($25 win) Race 8 No. 8, Sapphire Swayze, ($25 win) Flemington gallops (tomorrow) Race 3, No. 10, Belle Couture, ($25 win) Doomben gallops (tomorrow) Race 1, No. 1, Ellusive Storm, ($25 win) Current balance: -$499.50 a keen reveller. OntheRails with DAVID GILBERT After the cocktail party on Wednesday night, there is the racing on the Thursday followed by the cup calcutta at the Gambier Hotel that night from around 8pm. Friday is cup day, one of the great social and sporting events in this city, and SGIC are again offering free bus transport to and from Glenburnie. Pick up times will be approximately 10.15am, 11.30am and 12.45pm from the Western Tavern, Commodore on the Park and Mac’s Hotel, and buses will leave the racecourse from 4pm until 6.30pm with the Cave Gardens serving as the drop off point. Another double for Finnis A WINNING double at Terang last week, followed up with another at Hamilton this week. That has been the scenario for Mount Gambier driver Jayson Finnis in the past fortnight. He drove Forty Seven Flash ($2.40 fav.) to victory for father/trainer Barry Finnis last Monday in the C4-C5 pace to take the pacer’s career earnings through the $100,000 barrier. Just over an hour later, Finnis won the C1 pace with Australian Bite ($4.30) for trainer Gloria Council. It was a local quinella in the final event at Hamilton, the C1 pace, when the Kevin Brough trained I Wantano ($5) returned to winning form to beat a defiant Ruffiano by 1.5 metres. That gave in form driver Matty Craven a treble for the day. Balaklava winner APPRENTICE Dylan Dunn was a major reason for Leathal’s Legacy narrowly winning the 2208 metre 0-68 handicap on Wednesday at Balaklava. Leathal’s Legacy ($11.20) was the outsider of two gallopers in the race for Naracoorte trainer Sue Murphy, and Dunn took the shortest cut home along the fence to chalk up the gelding’s sixth victory.
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