Shepparton News

DRIVE HAS MORAN SWINGING FROM RAFTERS

- By Gus Underwood

Shepparton horseman David Moran has received a phone call every reinsman would love to get.

It came from leading NSW reinsman Luke McCarthy booking Moran to drive champion pacer King Of Swing in next month’s $300,000 Victoria Cup.

McCarthy’s wife Belinda trains and McCarthy drives the Rocknroll Hanover entire who has won 36 of 72 starts and bankrolled $2,380,846 in prizemoney.

In an ironic twist Moran drove last year’s Victoria Cup winner Lochinvar Art to victory over King Of Swing.

Lochinvar Art is currently sidelined with injury and preparing for a stud season, but will attempt a comeback in the new year all going well.

Moran said he was honoured to get the drive on King Of Swing and was looking forward to the experience.

Moran’s booking for the drive has been brought about by his close friendship with the McCarthys and the ever-changing COVID-19 scene.

‘‘I’m not sure whether he (King Of Swing) will get here a couple of days before the race or a week or so before,’’ Moran said.

‘‘We’ll work that out shortly, but what happens will depend on COVID restrictio­ns at the time.’’

David has a big grin

Top horseman David Jack gave a reminder he is still about and with the ability to train winners when he produced Red Fourteen to salute on debut at Kilmore on Tuesday night.

The three-year-old Grinfromea­rtoear gelding was given the run of the race by Jack on the back of the pacemaker Lalibela and edged out that pacer via a sprint lane run in a two-horse duel to the wire.

Euroa-based Jack said Red Fourteen had shown ability as a twoyear-old, but went amiss and that was the reason why his racetrack career had been delayed.

‘‘He’s a nice horse and still very green, but he’ll get better with more racing and experience,’’ Jack said.

Jack, who bred the pacer with fellow Euroa horseman Cameron Maggs, trialled Red Fourteenth at Echuca and Shepparton in preparatio­n for his debut and those efforts enticed punters to send him out a $3 favourite.

Jack now has a team of halfa-dozen in work after battling health issues in recent years.

He had total replacemen­ts of both knees in one procedure in 2018 which had issues a few months later and needed more surgery.

But he says he is now enjoying good health again and is looking forward to training and driving more winners in the future.

Dealmaker closes deal

Keeping it in the Jack family David’s brother Russell prepared Dealmaker to complete the heat and final double last week at Echuca.

A heat winner at Shepparton the previous Sunday Dealmaker repeated the all-the-way win in the final on the Frank Ryan Raceway with Brad Chisholm again in the sulky.

Dealmaker has now won four races from 22 starts, but has also chalked up eight second placings and three thirds.

The win also continued the run of success the Shepparton trainer has been enjoying over the past few months.

Bargy muscles up

Six-year-old Tongala-trained pacer Argy Bargy has had a busy season on the racetrack, but he is still racing with plenty of zest as evidenced by his latest effort last week at Echuca.

Urged to the front early by reinsman Damian Wilson the Gary Merkel-prepared son of Artistic Fella held the front running position which he maintained until the finish of the 2160m.

He just held out Lizzadro to win by head with Hard Road filling the minor placing.

It was Argy Bargy’s 23rd start for the season which have now produced three wins and 10 minor placings.

Sisters strike

Shepparton horsewoman Bec Bartley combined with her NSWbased trainer sister Ellen for a win

with Tingiringi at Echuca.

Bec landed the one-one sit with the four-year-old Ellen-prepared daughter of American Ideal and made her winning move with 500m to run and just holding off Benatar in the run to the finishing line

Ellen Bartley trains at Narrandera these days and enjoys a lot of success.

Countess reigns

Handy trotting mare Our Countess was in the good books with the punters at Echuca.

Sent out a $2 favourite and driven by Greg Sugars the five-year-old Imperial Count mare came with a well-timed run to collar the Damian Wilson-trained and driven Kalarney Heidi with Ima Ziabee a close-up third in a slick 2:02.9 mile rate for the 2160m mobile barrier trip.

Prepared by Shepparton horseman Clive Dalton, Imperial Countess had won two starts previously at Bendigo on August 25 and followed that up with a close-up fifth at her next start at Kilmore.

Out of the unraced Bacardi Lindy mare Bacardi Jade, Imperial Countess has now had four wins, two of these coming from seven starts this season.

Watt a great time

It’s been a good week for Tongala trainer Mick Watt.

Watt produced pacer Fullofmisc­hief for a win at Sunday’s Wedderburn meeting and was in the winner’s circle again three days later at Melton with trotter Irene Rose.

Fullofmisc­hief made it three wins from his past four starts — all inside a month — with a dominant all-the-way win.

Driven by concession reinsman Jordan Leedham, the five-year-old son of Major Bronski led throughout to beat Good Guy Mac and the Elmore-prepared Bracknreid.

Fullofmisc­hief is in a purple patch of form, winning at Shepparton on August 12, following up that win four days later at Cobram, then finishing fourth at Echuca last week before heading to Wedderburn.

He has now saluted six times with three minor placings from 26 starts.

At Melton, Watt produced trotter Irene Rose for her maiden win and landed some good bets in the process.

The three-year-old Tennotrump­s filly didn’t get any favours in her gutsy win.

She had to work outside the pacemaker for most of the race after an unsuccessf­ul early burn for the lead and was headed in the home straight.

And just as it looked she would have to settle for second at best, Astro, who got to front in the shadows of the post and looked the winner, broke stride allowing Irene Rose to fight back and get the money.

Punters got as much as 23/1 about her winning prospects as she tightened into a starting price of just less than 8/1.

Talented concession reinsman Cody Crossland also enjoyed a win at Melton, partnering the Brent Lilley-trained Smooth Deal to a dashing all-the-way win.

It’s a good Motive

She was a 25/1 shot, but threeyear-old pacing filly No Motive won like an odds-on chance on Monday at Maryboroug­h.

The Craig Turnbull-trained daughter of Somebeachs­omewhere, driven by Brad Chisholm, parked on the back of the pacemaker Only Once Bitten in the run and once she got into clear running left her rivals in her wake with a strong finishing burst which took her to the finishing line with more than 10m to spare from the runner-up, the favourite, Lie To Me with Only Once Bitten holding on for third.

No Motive, who was coming off a third placing at the September 2 Shepparton meeting posted an impressive 1:55.0 mile rate over the 1690m trip which included a blistering 55.4 last half.

The former Emma Stewarttra­ined pacer was having her 13th start and her fourth for Turnbull and it was her second win.

No Motive is out of the Bettors Delight mare Delight In Decree, who did most of her racing in Western Australia where she won seven races.

Fine strike rate

David Moran continues to drive winners for top trainer Emma Stewart.

The Shepparton horseman partnered the classy three-year-old Joanna, a $2.50 favourite to victory at the metro meeting at Bendigo on Saturday night and then scored on another of the Stewart runners, Beach Music, at Maryboroug­h on Monday.

Moran has partnered Joanna in her past three starts with her previous two outings producing a third and a second placing.

The Bendigo win took the Somebeachs­omewhere filly’s earnings to more than $200,000 from nine wins and five placings from 19 starts.

It was Moran’s fourth consecutiv­e drive on Beach Music which have produced two wins and two third placings from 11 starts for four wins and five minor placings.

Protest success

Smart pacer Malcolms Rhythm notched his first Menangle win at his fifth attempt on Saturday night — but not in the normal way.

The David Aiken-trained and Ashley Hart-driven pacer finished second, but was awarded the race after a protest against the winner Rusty Crackers for interferen­ce was upheld.

A five-year-old by Art Major had a second and two fourths on the track leading intro the race and was a $4.20 second favourite.

That was his 12th win at his 56th start with 23 minor placings and took his prizemoney to more than $280,000.

Malcolms Rhythm’s classy stablemate Max Delight, who was coming off successive wins at Menangle, finished a close-up fourth in the Group One $100,000 Caduceus Classic at Bendigo the same evening.

He finished just more than 6m from the winner Triple Eight after an early burn to take the front running position.

Two Shepparton-trained pacers in the same race, Perfect Stride and Western Sonador, also produced eye-catching runs.

The Russell Jack-prepared Perfect Stride finished the race off nicely to finish fifth, just more than 7m from the winner, while the Steve O’Donoghue-Bec Bartley prepared Western Sonador couldn’t get a clear crack at the leaders over the concluding stages and finished seventh just more than 8m from the winner.

Coming up

Today: Shepparton (n).

Tomorrow: Ballarat (n).

Sunday: Ouyen (d).

Monday: Maryboroug­h (d).

Tuesday: Kilmore (n).

Wednesday: Geelong (n).

Thursday: Cobram (d), Melton (n).

 ??  ?? He’s the man: Shepparton trainer-driver David Moran has picked up the plum drive on champion pacer King Of Swing in the Victoria Cup.
He’s the man: Shepparton trainer-driver David Moran has picked up the plum drive on champion pacer King Of Swing in the Victoria Cup.

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