Har­ness rac­ing club stal­warts hon­oured at thrilling meet­ing

The Cobram Courier - - SPORT -

Co­bram and Dis­trict Har­ness Rac­ing Club hon­oured foun­da­tion mem­bers Al­lan Campbell and Tom Kennedy at its April 19 race meet­ing.

Fel­low mem­bers Cliff Robin­son and Wal Wat­son were also re­mem­bered for their out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion, with races named in all four men’s hon­our.

The Cliff Robin­son trib­ute lived up to ex­pec­ta­tions when four-year-old mare Red­bank Olivia, trained and driven by Mark Buck­ing­ham, snatched the money fol­low­ing a thrilling duel down the home straight with Kiss­ing Game, reined by Mark Pitt.

Mark Buck­ing­ham was thrilled to be pre­sented with a voucher do­nated by Pat Robin­son in mem­ory of her hus­band Cliff.

The Al­lan Campbell Memo­rial Pace proved to be an­other thriller when the Marungi-trained Mag­gies Grin saluted with Donna Cas­tles in the cart by a head over Flight Of­fi­cer NZ, reined by Monique Bur­nett.

The New Zealand-bred pun­ters favourite Tact Tess was a class act in the Tom Kennedy Memo­rial 3YO Pace when Nathan Jack reined the tal­ented filly to her first win from three starts over geld­ing La Player.

Jack chalked up a driv­ing dou­ble fol­low­ing a win ear­lier with the Wayne Pot­ter­trained The Nep­tune Kid in the De Maria Mit­subishi Pace.

The Wal Wat­son Memo­rial 2YO Pace was a walk in the park for Laura Cross­land’s Lochin­var Art. The colt, reined by David Moran, ran his ri­vals ragged in just his sec­ond out­ing on the race track.

How­ever, the meet­ing be­longed to Josh Aiken, who scored a driv­ing dou­ble with four-year-old mare Trendy Bro­mac NZ in the Katunga Lucerne Mill Pace and Hugh Vic­tor for Kialla trainer Clive Dal­ton in the Ar­tavilla Em­po­rium Pace.

Aiken was de­nied a tre­ble with Heav­enly Shades in the Bak­ers De­light Pace af­ter set­ting a siz­zling tempo in the pace­maker’s role only to be run down by his Avenel neigh­bour Ian Mont­gomery, who stormed home four-wide with Boy From Bondi, salut­ing in the fastest mile rate of the af­ter­noon at great odds.

The meet­ing was book­ended with two stun­ning ru­n­away per­for­mances. John Cal­dow, driv­ing Jack­son Square for Mick Black­more, out­classed the op­po­si­tion in the Vic­to­rian Square Trot­ters As­so­ci­a­tion Trot­ters Hand­i­cap by 18 m in the first event of the day.

The last event on the 10-race pro­gram saw the Kari Males-trained San Domino im­press in the Men­thas of Co­bram Pace Fi­nal when the four-yearold geld­ing bolted home with Rod­ney Petroff in the cart to salute by a mas­sive 35 m.

The club ap­pre­ci­ates the gen­eros­ity of Mar­garet Kennedy, Pat Robin­son and the Campbell and Wat­son fam­i­lies for pro­vid­ing tro­phies in hon­our of their loved ones and club stal­warts.

Next race meet­ing is to­mor­row and fea­tures the Jim Canny Memo­rial Trot­ters Hand­i­cap, Ken and Mar­jory Wade­son 2YO Pace and the AAA Wool­buy­ers Pace.

Elated: Mark Buck­ing­ham with Red­bank Olivia af­ter salut­ing in the Cliff Robin­son Trib­ute. Pictures: Bob Wat­son

Dash­ing for the line: Red­bank Olivia storms home to snatch the Cliff Robin­son Trib­ute Pace from the fast fin­ish­ing favourite Kiss­ing Game.

Win­ners are grin­ners: Josh Aiken had a great day in the cart.

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