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Next Race Meeting:
27th July 2017

OUR WINNERS
9 MAY 2017

Race 1 THINK WATER SWAN HILL 3YO PACE: 
ARE YOU WITH ME

Race 2 RIVULIS IRRIGATION TROTTERS HANDICAP: 
ALDEBARAN MIDNITE

Race 3 HR PRODUCTS 2YO PACE: 
JILLIBY MADONNA

Race 4 TORO AUSTRALIA GROUP PACE: 
JILLIBY BANDIT

Race 5 DAVEY WATER PRODUCTS PACE: 
BANKS

Race 6 NELSON IRRIGATION CORPORATION AUSTRALIA PACE:
ANOTHER DEREK

Race 7 THINK WATER SWAN HILL PACE:
HABANERO

Long trip to Swan Hill well worthwhile

Posted 26/5/2017

Terang based trio Marg Lee, son Jason and nephew Glen Craven made the long trip form Terang to Swan Hill a happy one last Tuesday after winning two races at the Swan Hill Trots program.

Marg provided first starter Jilliby Madonna to land the HR Products 2YO Pace over 1750 metres and 3Y0 gelding Jilliby Bandit the Toro Australia Group Pace for C2 class over 2240 metres.

Art Major-Jilliby Magic filly Jilliby Madonna (Jason Lee) was given a cosy passage from gate two trailing well supported stablemate Jilliby Galwaygirl (Glen Craven) also on debut from the pole, before using the sprint lane to prevail by 1.1 metres in a mile rate of 1.58.7 giving the stable the quinella. Im Monica (one/one) was third 3.5 metres away.

Jilliby Bandit a well performed son of Rock N Roll Heaven and Keppel Bay driven by Glen, pushed through from a solo second line draw to lob just off the speed, before letting rip shortly after to unsuccessfully tackle leader Swaggerlikejagger, leaving him parked in the open.

Gaining the upper hand halfway up the running, Jilliby Bandit just held on to score by a nose over the Pyramid Hill trained track specialist Nuggetpan (one/one – three wide home turn), with Swaggerlikejagger holding down third 3.7 metres away. The mile rate 2.01.8.

Melton duo Kate Hargreaves (trainer) and partner Alex Ashwood (driver) had a big victory with Always A Virgin-Lady Armiss Lombo colt Are You With Me n the opening event on the card – the Think Water Swan Hill 3Y0 Pace over 1759 metres. Exploding away from gate five to lead, Are You With Me had his rivals off the bit and chasing a long way out. Bounding away on the final bend, Are You With Me was most impressive, scoring by 5.6 metres in 1.57.2 from Ozzie Bogan (three back the markers) and Aunty Rita from last.

The trotting races are always a terrific spectacle at Swan Hill and the Rivulis Irrigation Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2240 metres was no exception, going the way of Harness Racing Hall Of Famer - veteran Elmore trainer/driver Neville Welsh’s ever reliable 5Y0 Skyvalley-Aldebaran Sunset mare Aldebaran Midnite in a rate of 2.04.9.

Coming from 20 metres, Aldebaran Midnite (Haydon Gray) possied one/one as Lofty Success piloted the field after beginning swiftly from 10 metres, with Plumbers Petty Cash going forward from 10 metres to race exposed. Taking care of the leader on the home turn, Plumbers Petty Cash dashed away, with Aldebaran Midnite in hot pursuit to gain the day by 1.8 metres from the fast finishing 40 metres backmarker Sunofatrump which must have been five wide on the final bend from last, with Jaden Gil flashing late from knowhere to be a half neck away in third place.

Irymple trainer Alan (Pud) McDonald was victorious in the 1750 metre Davey Water Products Pace for C1 class with 4Y0 Art Official-Vinnies Cullen gelding Banks giving Alex Ashwood a driving double. Beginning brilliantly from gate four, Banks led throughout, winning by an easy 13.4 metre margin over Leonardos Son (one/two) and Calaquendi which faced the breeze battling on gamely for third 3.1 metres away. The mile rate 1.56.5.

Bolinda trainer Vince Vallelonga combined with Ararat’s Michael Bellman to land the Nelson Irrigation Corporation Australia Pace for C3 to C5 class over 1750 metres with 5Y0 Gotta Go Cullen-Shez The Last gelding Another Derek for Eric and Heather Anderson. Enjoying a sweet trip one/one from gate five, Another Derek when eased three wide on the home turn sprinted sharply on turning to register a 3.8 metre margin over Mildura hope Daylight Dan from last in 1.55.6. Altana Blue (three back the markers) was third 3.7 metres back.

The Think Water Swan Hill Pace for C0 class over 1750 metres concluded the program and South Australian co-trainers Jake Webster and Aaron Bain scored a brilliant victory with Rocknroll Hanover-Twice As Hot filly Habanero.

Driven by Greg Sugars, Habanero ran her rivals ragged from the pole, scoring by 10.1 metres in 1.59.5 from Loveyalots (one/one) which chased hard. Presley Castle was a game third 1.5 metres away after going forward from the extreme draw to face the open.

*** Swan Hill are now in recess until July 27.