The South Eastern Times : March 8th 2018
SPORT 29 Cheers all round THE locals were cheering when Bayview Harbour was backed to the exclusion of all others before taking out the 2018 Mount Gambier Derby. “He has never led before in a race,” delighted Port MacDonnell owner Dennis Howard stated after the Kevin Brough trained Bayview Harbour ($2-$1.35 fav.) went straight to the lead at the start and went on to make it three wins from four starts this campaign. “I’d like to make special mention to driver Jayson Finnis,” Howard went on to say. “There are none better around here than Jayson.” Runner up Culzean Castle ($3.80-$6), a last start Globe Derby winner, made sure the hot favourite did not have it all his own way and finished three metres astern. A brilliant turn of speed to sail to the lead with 1300 metres to run saw All Perfection give Lee and Craven the perfect start to their big night in the R1/R2 pace. Once the mare led, it was just a matter of collecting for her backers as All Perfect went on to complete a hat trick of wins after a win at Horsham last September and a win here in late February. BROKE THROUGH WHAT better meeting for a locally owned and trained pacer to break his maiden status than on cup night. The Andy Gray trained Grey Cadillac had threatened several times in the past to win a race and he was backed with some confidence ($10-$6) before having his number semaphored as the winner at start number 14. In what was the closest finish of the night, the grey gelding ran to the lead at the 500 metres and survived the charge of the cavalry to beat the fast finishing Eastbro Katie by a head, with Juliet Dreams a further half neck away. Locals anywhere love nothing more than winning a race on their own cup program and Grey Cadillac was the only Mount Gambier trained pacer to oblige on Saturday night. After the heats of the R0 pace the previous meeting, everything went according to script for punters in the final when the two heat winners supplied the quinella. It was money for jam for the Craven/Lee combination after the red-hot favourite Nova Delight was able to cross and lead from gate four to make it two wins from as many starts this preparation. Runner-up Samara Cash, the other heat winner, looked to be going half pace behind the leader on the home turn but could not sprint when the tempo was lifted before running home strongly. GOOD VALUE IT would not be gold cup night without someone from the Barker clan at Hamilton having some success. However that did not happen until the final event, when the trotter Jack Of The Green - driven by Rod for his father/trainer Jim - was enormous value considering he had been placed at his last two Mount Gambier runs. The rank outsider Flash Boy fleetingly seemed likely to cause an upset when he led before galloping at a vital stage and Jack Of The Green ($12-$13) was left in front on the home turn. The more fancied Icicle had had an easy run and used the sprint lane, but it was all in vain as Jack Of The Green went on to register his first win at start number 11. The curtain comes down on the local harness racing season with the 10th and final meeting on Friday week, March 16. Drive of the night: Jason Lee (Kumani). Black booker: Okelerho Lad (the 80/1 chance made up a heap of ground in the last lap of the gold cup to run second). Kimani doubles up FIVE-year-old gelding Kimani became the first pacer to win two Mount Gambier Gold Cups in its 46 year history at the Greenwald Paceway on Saturday night. In retaining the cup after success in 2017, Kimani also established a new track record for the 2580 metre trip with a mile rate of 2.01.8, easily beating the previous record established only eight days earlier in the heats by Emain Macha (2.02.4). The cup result was all part of a huge night for the Victorian pair of driver Jason Lee and trainer Matthew Craven, with Lee going on to drive four winner for the night and Craven training a treble. “I always enjoy coming across to Mount Gambier to drive and this is a special thrill,” young Lee said at the cup presentation. A distinct drifter in betting, Kimani ended up at exceptional odds ($5.50$9) for a pacer virtually fool proof at standing starts and the fact his only loss from that type of start was his second in the heat the previous week. Certainly, those odds were more than attractive to his backers after Lee took Kimani to the lead from fourth position with 1200 metres to run. And while the odds-on favourite Emain Macha ($1.80-$1.50) kept him company for the next lap, the Gold Cup was done and dusted at the 500 metres when Lee went for home, knowing Emain Macha was a beaten commodity. “After the heats last week, I was not too sure about winning the cup again,” a thrilled Mick Lamond, one of the locals who have a share in Kimani said post race. It was left to the $81 chance Ohelerho Lad to run on strongly from mid field in the final lap to claim second prize. As is so often the case with standing starts, winning chances can be ruined at the beginning. Any dreams local driver Jayson Finnis had of winning his first local cup disappeared within seconds of the start, when the clear second favourite Bee Gees Bandit galloped badly and virtually went around for practice. Emain Macha met with interfer- ence just after the start, but it is debatable if that cost him the race as he was beaten 20 metres in to third spot. For a near perfect evening, the crowd for the Gold Cup was below expectations. CUP EXALTATION: The thrill of winning his first Mount Gambier Gold Cup was obvious for all to see for Kimani’s driver Jason Lee as he waves his whip to the crowd at the completion of the 2580 metre journey. Picture: TREVOR JACKSON Punters on the money in two-horse showdown PUNTERS figured there were only two chances in the small five horse field in the $10,000 Ubet Pacing Cup. Only the Adelaide visitor Our Jericho ($1.90) and the Terang trained Keayang Starzzz ($2.20) were under double figure odds and the pair showed they were a class above the rest by singling out for a two-horse war over the final 400 metres. In bringing up his quartet of winners for the night, Lee was able to lead all the way with Keayang Starzzz to atone for two recent seconds at Melton by the eight-year-old pacer. Our Jericho was chasing four successive wins but failed by a head after the pair scorched home the final half in 56.8 seconds. Adelaide driver Jock Dunlop was coasting out in front with Rocknroll Baby with 100 metres to run in the Mount Gambier Trotters Cup. After all, the challenge from his main danger Bold Law had been thwarted MOUNT GAMBIER HARNESS RACING CLUB RESULTS MOUNT Gambier Harness Racing Club Gold Cup results from Saturday, March 3: Race 1, $3500 City of Mount Gambier R1-R2 Pace, 2190 metres: ($1.60 fav.) All Perfection, J. Lee 1; ($5.50) Turing Express, M. Horsnell 2; ($26.00) Caesars Astrum, M. Phillips 3. Others: Tauto Jane, Paddy Mach, Eastbro Paddy, Magic Cruiser, The Bellum, Fiona Rocks. Margins: 15 metres x 3.5 metres. Time: 2.44.5. Mile rate: 2.00.8. Last half: 59.4. Owners: D. and T. Lewis. Trainer: Matthew Craven (Terang). Numbers: 5, 1, 8, 3. Win: $1.40. Place: $1.00, $1.40, $3.20. Quinella: $2.40. Trifecta: $20.70. Exacta: $3.80. First 4: $213.20. Race 2, $8000 2018 Canny Ever Mount Gambier Trotter’s Cup, 2580 metres: ($1.60 fav.) Rocknroll Baby, J. Dunlop 1; ($5.00) El Paco, J. Lee 2; ($3.50) Bold Law, M. Bellman 3. Others: Glorious Finale, Lauxmonts Success. Margins: 1.5 metres x 7.8 metres. Time: 3.25.5. Mile rate: 2.07.7. Last half: 59.7. www.thesoutheasterntimes.com.au Owners: AB and T Cormack Racing Pty Ltd. Trainer: Greg Norman (Adelaide). Numbers: 2, 6, 3, 4. Win: $1.60. Place: $1.30, $2.10, NTD. Quinella: $4.30. Trifecta: $11.60. Exacta: $7.60. First 4: $23.20. Extra Double (2+4): $2.40. Race 3, $3500 Matthews Petroleum R0 Pace (Final), 1780 metres: ($1.25 fav.) Novas Delight, J. Lee 1; ($7.50) Samara Cash, J. Glynn 2; ($12.00) Keayang Trumpet, M. Phillips 3. Others: Aerodyne Fella, Presidential Art, Beach Side, Abstractor, Majestic Grin, Safari Princess, Hyper Miss. Margins: 3 metres x 3 metres. Time: 2.15.8. Mile rate: 2.02.8. Last half: 59.6. Owners: M. Maloney, P. Foster, S. Williams, G. Lewis, J. Snell, M. Craven. Trainer: Matthew Craven (Terang). Numbers: 4, 1, 3, 5. Win: $1.30. Place: $1.10, $1.40, $2.40. Quinella: $3.40. Trifecta: $10.60. Exacta: $1.80. First 4: $131.40. Race 4, $7000 2018 Mountain View Stud Mount Gambier Derby, 2190 metres: ($1.35 fav.) Byview Harbour, J. Finnis 1; ($6.00) Culzean Castle, J. Dunlop 2; ($5.00) Andrew Jay, R. Walters 3. Others: Sea Parade, Flaming Lucky, Malone Ranger, Edwin Bromac. Margins: 3.3 metres x 4.0 metres. Time: 2.46.1. Mile rate: 2.02.1. Last half: 59.2. Owner: D. Howard. Trainer: Kevin Brough (Heywood). Numbers: 3, 6, 7, 1. Win: $1.20. Place: $1.30, $2.60, NTD. Quinella: $3.70. Trifecta: $6.90. Exacta: $2.90. First 4: $34.60. Race 5, $3500 Stuckey Electrical R0-R1 Pace, 1780 metres: ($6.00) Grey Cadillac, J. Glynn 1; ($12.00) Eastbro Kate, M. Bellman 2; ($8.00) Juliet Dreams, B. Howard 3. Others: Starscape, Showem Shifty, ($2.70 fav.) Just Be Modern, Hilldale Udon, Caesars Rockstar, Imagoldcloud, Editrix. Margins: Head x 1/2 neck. Time: 2.13.3. Mile rate: 2.00.5. Last half: 61.5. Owners: L. Bowditch, A. Wallis, G. Dax, A. Rice, V. Coombe, C. Oxlade, D. and A. Gray. Trainer: Andy Gray (Mount Gambier). Numbers: 4, 11, 7, 8. Win: $7.70. Place: $2.20, $2.70, $2.00. Quinella: $35.80. Trifecta: $585.60. Exacta: $111.80. First 4: $569.40. Race 6, $12,000 2018 Baxter Hire and Sales Mount Gambier Gold Cup (Final), 2580 metres: ($9.00) Kimani, J. Lee 1; ($81.00) Okelerho Lad, X. O’Connor 2; ($1.50 fav.) Emain Macha, R. Barker 3. Others: Diamond Jasper, So Bob’s Your Uncle, Witzend, Hot Breakfast, Mighty Regal, Adams Express, Bee Gees Bandit, Corporal Bill. Margins: 17 metres x 3 metres. Time: 3.16.1. Mile rate: 2.01.8. Last half: 60.7. Owners: M. and J. Lamond, A. Wilkinson, R. Molloy, J. Morrison, R. Casey, J. Barnett, J. Crawley, Triple J Racing Group. Trainer: Matthew Craven (Terang). Numbers: 5, 12, 9, 6. Win: $11.40. Place: $1.60, $10.70, $1.30. Quinella: $601.30. Trifecta: $2754.90. Exacta: Jackpot. First 4: $16,785.80. Daily Double (4+5): $32.40. Treble (3, 4,5): $43.20. Quadrella (4, 3,4, 5): $202.00. Race 7, $10,000 2018 Ubet Pacing Cup, 2190 metres: ($2.20) Keayang Starzzz, J. Lee 1; ($1.90 fav.) Our Jericho, D. Hill 2; ($12.00) Just Wantano, M. Bellman 3. Others: Hollys Miss Molly, Rocking Tess. Margins: Head x 19 metres. Time: 2.43.1. Mile rate: 1.59.9. Last half: 56.8. Owner: M. Lee. Trainer: Margaret Lee (Terang). Numbers 5, 6, 2, 1. Win: $2.00. Place: $1.10, $1.10, NTD. Quinella: $1.30. Trifecta: $7.70. Exacta: $2.40. First 4: $10.80. Race 8, $3500 Bendigo Bank Mount Gambier Trotters Mobile, 2190 metres: ($13.00) Jack Of The Green, R. Barker 1; ($4.60 fav.) Icicle, X. O’Connor 2; ($5.00) Keepthedream, D. Drury 3. Others: Declaring, Lochlee Jacob, Flash Boy, I Can Trot. Margins: 4.4 metres x short 1/2 head. Time: 2.55.6. Mile rate: 2.09.1. Last half: 63.3. Owners: A. and P. Barker. Trainer: Jim Barker (Hamilton). Numbers: 5, 1, 2, 6. Win: $16.80. Place: $1.30, $2.70, NTD. Quinella: $26.00. Trifecta: $214.90. Exacta: $59.00. First 4: $197.20. The South Eastern Times, Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 29 and the mare was staring at successive trotters cups after winning the Gawler version three weeks earlier. The hot favourite had an easy run in front, but Dunlop got a bit of a shock when he peeped around and saw the veteran El Paco making ground quickly. He shook up Rocknroll Baby and the Greg Norman trained trotter was able to take her career earnings over the $70,000 mark in winning her 14th race at start number 49.
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