The South Eastern Times : February 17th 2015
HARNESS RACING 19 Kyms Boy stakes claim for Cup favouritism Fastest of three heat winners at Greenwald Paceway on Sunday RACING 19 Kyms Boy stakes claim for Cup favouritism Fastest of three heat winners at Greenwald RNESS RACING 19 Kyms Boy stakes claim for Cup favouritism Fastest of three heat winners at Greenwald Paceway on Sunday BY BY far the quickest of the three heat winners on Sunday at the Greenwald Paceway, local pacer Kyms Boy has emerged as the logical favourite for Saturday week’s $12,000 Mount Gambier Gold Cup. After four previous attempts to win his home town cup, Mingbool driver/trainer David Drury has perhaps his best chance yet to put the cup on his mantelpiece, especially if Kyms Boy manages to draw a front row position. Following the three heats, the 12 finalists for the biggest harness race of the 2015 Limestone Coast season will be: Lucys Pride, Magical Bazz, Ruffiano, Our Flash Of Fire, Kyms Boy, Millwood Chloe, Always Wantano, Adams Express (all off the front row), Starlight Logan, Dagati Image, Mad Robber and Tobias James (off the 10 metre mark) and Dagati Image off 20 metres. That represents five Victorian pacers, one from Adelaide and six locals in what should be a tremendous final for the stand alone South Australian harness meeting on February 28. Once Drury was able to cross and lead after just 200 metres on Sunday night, Kyms Boy ($2.30 fav.) was always the one to beat in heat three, and the former Kiwi pacer prevailed by just over a metre from the Adelaide visitor Millwood Chloe. Kyms Boy’s overall time (3.21.66) was 0.80 of a second quicker than heat one and 3.54 seconds quicker than heat two, to suggest the winner of the 2015 Mount Gambier Gold Cup will definitely come from the two quickest heats. Considering that the Kevin Brough trained Always Wantano was extremely slow to leave the tapes, his effort to finish third after working to circle the field and sit outside the leader and be beaten 10 metres by Kyms Boy was meritorious. Double for Armstrong THE long trip from Balliang (near Bacchus Marsh) was vindicated for trainer Michael Armstrong when he won the opening two events on the program. He produced the first starter Fiery Blue Chip to win the A.A. Scott Memorial prelude, even though the four-year-old gelding had not trialled in public. Drawn the outside of the second RIGHT TO THE LINE: Kyms Boy fought a close battle with Millwood Chloe, coming out victorious in Heat 3 of the Mount Gambier Gold Cup at Greenwald Paceway. row resulted in Fiery Blue Chip being unwanted in betting ($5.50$9.40), and his chances looked remote early in the race when the first four put a space on their rivals. Veteran driver Neil McCallum, making one of his rare visits to Mount Gambier, let the newcomer find his feet and Fiery Blue Chip ran home strongly from mid field in the final lap. A great drive from Jackie Barker meant that Showem Shifty never had to leave the pegs after settling at the rear of the field, and he made up a ton of ground to be beaten just over a metre. Using plenty of fuel throughout the race took its toll in the concluding stages with Case Forty Seven (third), while Jasper Ray (another of the fancied runners) was a beaten contender at the 600 metres after leading. Armstrong and McCallum will be back here for the Cup final after Starlight Logan led for most of the final 2000 metres in heat one of the Gold Cup. A brilliant beginning off the 10 metre mark was instrumental in the nine-year-old winning the race, so much so that McCallum found himself one of the four front row pacers after only 600 metres. A big effort from the runner-up Dagati Image from the back mark of 20 metres, and he clearly got to the front in the home straight before just dying on his run at his first outing for seven weeks. An equally good performance from Mad Robber, although favourite punters may not think so, as he failed to handle the standing start Results MOUNT Gambier Harness Racing Club results from Sunday, February 15, 2015: Race 1, $2000 A.A. Scott Memorial R0 Prelude Race, 2190m: ($9.40) Fiery Blue Chip (N. McCallum) 1; ($11.70) Showem Shifty (J. Barker) 2; ($4.80) Case Forty Seven (C. Svanosio) 3. Others: ($3.60 fav.) Dazzling Delight, Dee Cees Desire, Jasper Ray, Grinfromheaven, What A Safari, Global Rose. Margins: 1.2 metres, neck. Time: 2.47.33. Mile rate: 2.03.00. Last half: 62.6. Owners: P. Govender, J. Haldar. Trainer: Michael Armstrong (Balliang). Numbers: 10, 7, 8, 5. Win: $9.40. Place: $2.60, $3.20, $1.80. Quinella: $80.10. Trifecta: $963.90. Exacta: $238.20. First 4: $1793. Race 2, $3000 Baxter Hire/Carlton Draught Mount Gambier Cup (Heat 1), 2590m: ($9.70) Starlight Logan (N. McCallum) 1; ($12.30) Dagati Image (M. www.thesoutheasterntimes.com.au Phillips) 2; ($1.40 fav.) Mad Robber (R. Barker) 3. Others: Lucys Pride, Amusing Cruiser, Recede, Our Uptown Girl, Australian Bite, Baby Bliss. Margins: neck, 8 metres. Time: 3.22.86. Mile rate: 2.06.1. Owners: B., D. & L. Clark. Trainer: Michael Armstrong (Balliang). Numbers: 8, 9, 6, 4. Win: $9.70. Place: $1.90, $2.30, $1.10. Quinella: $20.50. Trifecta: $175.40. Exacta: $22.30. First 4: $155.20. Extra double (10 & 8) $52. Race 3, $3000 Susanne Smith & Associates R1 Pace, 2190m: ($1.40 fav.) Royal Jacquard (J. Finnis) 1; ($12.20) Sweet Forty Seven (J. Barker) 2; ($13.50) Supreme Guy (M. Phillips) 3. Others: Jilliby, Diablo, Eyesrroamin, Maybe Cruising, Nifty Manwarra. Margins: 18 metres, 3.2 metres. Time: 2.49.28. Mile rate: 2.02.8. Last half: 59.9. Owners: P. & L. Medhurst. Trainer: Barry Finnis (Glencoe). Numbers: 6, 4, 8, 3. Win: $1.40. Place: $1.00, $3.90, ntd. Quinella: $10.70. Trifecta: $31.90. Exacta: $7.30. First 4: $110.20. Race 4, $3000 Baxter Hire/Carlton Draught Mount Gambier Cup (Heat 2), 2590m: ($39.20) Magical Bazz (Jim Barker) 1; ($75.80) Ruffiano (Jackie Barker) 2; ($59.60) Our Flash Of Fire (A. Clarke) 3. Others: Tobias James, Amberlu Angus, Racer, Steely Blue, Galleons Warrior, ($1.90 fav.) Limestone Bay. Margins: 4.1 metres, 6.1 metres. Time: 3.25.3. Mile rate: 2.07.5. Last half: 59.2. Owner: D. Richman. Trainer: Jim Barker (Hamilton). Numbers: 2, 1, 4, 8. Win: $39.20. Place: $5.30, $6.10, $6.50. Quinella: $155.80. Trifecta: $1136.20. Exacta: $129.10. First 4: Jackpot. Race 5, $3000 Baxter Hire/Carlton Draught Mount Gambier Cup (Heat 3), 2590m: ($2.30 fav.) Kyms Boy (D. Drury) 1; ($16.50) Millwood Chloe (S. Loone) 2; ($3.20) Always Wantano (C. Lewis) 3. Others: Adams Express, Purple Royale, Arr En Special, Mayorofshinetown, Howsherolls. Margins: 1.10 metres, 9.30 metres. Time: 3.21.66. Mile rate: 2.05.3. Last half: 60.6. Owners: R. & J. Healey, A. Hann, D., C. & W. Drury, T. & M. Cirillo. Trainer: David Drury (Mingbool). Numbers: 5, 6, 1, 3. Win: $2.30. Place: $1.50, $2.90, $1.50. Quinella: $30.20. Trifecta: $147. Exacta: $11.40. First 4: $122. Race 6, $7000 Canny Ever Mount Gambier Trotters Cup, 2590m: ($9.20) Regal Equation (K. Tippet) 1; ($21.30) Mountain Earl (N. McCallum) 2; ($14.60) Idle Suntime (M. Wight) 3. Others: Virginiaconnection, Star Gun, ($3 fav.) Maoriosfavouritesun, Herecomes The Cat, Lysenko. Margins: 2.7 metres, 8 metres. Time: 3.24.3. Mile rate: 2.06.9. Last half: 60.2. Owners: Sierra Kosmos Syndicate (Manager: R. Spencer). Trainer: Ken Tippet (Melton). Numbers: 3, 1, 4, 2. Win: $9.20. Place: $2.10, $2.80, $3.80. Quinella: $43.90. Trifecta: $462.30. Exacta: $22.50. First 4: Jackpot. Daily double (5 & 3) $17.80. Treble (2, 5, 3) $462.30. Quadrella (6, 2, 5, 3) $872.50. Race 7, $3000 Cup meeting 28 February 3YO Pace, 2190m: ($2.70) Marcus Brutus (M. Phillips) 1; ($16.10) Dorothy Hester (J. Finnis) 2; ($7.40) Give Me A Hand (Jackie Barker) 3. Others: Eastbro Caesar, Juliet Dreams, Virtuouspride, ($2.50 fav.) Red Scarlet. Margins: 6 metres, 19.10 metres. Time: 2.49.6. Mile rate: 2.04.6. Last half: 60.0. Owners: D. & G. Phillips, C. Johansen. Trainer: David Phillips (Yahl). Numbers: 5, 2, 4, 3. Win: $2.70. Place: $1.30, $5.10, ntd. Quinella: $13.40. Trifecta: $148.70. Exacta: $29.30. First 4: $187.40. The South Eastern Times, Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 19 Magical Bazz was clearly over the odds as standing start races are his forte, and he led from pillar to post. It was a Barker driving quinella with granddaughter Jackie Barker assurred of a drive in the final with Sunday’s runner up Ruffiano. Favourite punters were able to rip up their tickets after 50 metres when Limestone Bay ($1.40-$1.90) blew the start completely, and he virtually went around for practice. Back to back win CONSIDERING the eight-year- old trotter Regal Equation had won at Hamilton the previous start, the Melton trained and driven performer was excellent value in the Mount Gambier Trotters Cup as a $9.20 chance. TOUGH RUN: Millicent horse Case Forty Seven led around the turn but tired on her run to the finish, coming home in third position in the opening race of the night at Greenwald Paceway. and was 80 metres off the leaders with 2200 metres to run. Although never a winning chance, Mad Robber ($1.65-$1.40) made up a ton of ground to qualify for the final, some eight metres from the winner. Money for jam PUNTERS who secured the $1.75 fixed odds about Royal Jacquard in the R1 pace were looking for the payout queue with two laps to run. That was when Royal Jacquard dashed past the leader – and stablemate – Maybe Cruising to assume control in her endeavour to make it a hat-trick of wins in 16 days. Once in front, the race became a procession, easily recording the fastest mile rate of the evening (2.02.8). It was win number 11 of the local season for trainer Barry Finnis, and the 10th for driver/son Jayson. Age shall not weary them THE combined ages of the three placegetters in heat two of the Gold cup totals 25 years. Add to the fact that is was by far the slowest heat, and it seems unlikely that this heat will be a good form guide for the final. One thing you can expect is that the heat winner, the eight-year-old gelding Magical Bazz, will step away cleanly from the tapes under the guidance of trainer/driver Jim Barker. At odds of nearly 40/1 on Sunday, By spearing straight to the front and leading all the way, Regal Equation took his career earnings to over $50,000 at start number 86. At the 400 metres, there seemed a handful of winning chances, but Regal Equation and Mountain Earl cleared away from their rivals in the dash up the straight. Heavily backed WITH Dagati Image giving them a runner in the Gold Cup final, Yahl trainer David Phillips and driver/ son Mark completed a good night when the promising Marcus Brutus easily won the three-year-old pace. Our special for the program was backed with supreme confidence from $4.40 (fixed odds) to start a solid $2.70 second favourite, and backers of Marcus Brutus were always confident of collecting. Even more so when the erratic favourite Red Starlet again galloped at the start and trailed the field throughout. Phillips showed initiative once he knew his main danger was out of business to circle the field and take Marcus Brutus to the lead with 1500 metres to travel. From then on it was a stroll in the park for Marcus Brutus as he easily made it two wins from three starts this preparation. All eyes are now firmly focused on Mount Gambier Gold Cup night on Saturday week (February 28), where minimum stakemoney is $3000 per race, the open sprint is worth $6000 and the Gold Cup offering $12,000 in stakemoney. A great night of sporting action, with a free bus leaving the South Aussie Hotel, and some marquee packages are still available from the club (0417082028). Drive of the night: Neil McCallum (a well timed drive saw the first starter Fiery Blue Chip given plenty of time to get balanced).
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