Day of cel­e­bra­tion

Big day on and off track at Co­bram Har­ness Rac­ing Club meet

The Cobram Courier - - SPORT -

Co­bram’s Oc­to­ber har­ness rac­ing meet was a day of cel­e­bra­tion.

To start the day, Moira Shire coun­cil­lor Peter Law­less un­veiled a plaque to mark the com­ple­tion of the walk­ing paths and stage project, while club stal­warts, Glenice Brooks, Mar­garet Kennedy, Pat Car­roll and Ron Camp­bell cut the rib­bon to open the paths.

On the track, the trot­ters chris­tened the re­fur­bished track with the Patrick Ryan-trained fouryear-old mare hav­ing Allthe­moves when driven to vic­tory by David Mo­ran for owner Kevin Rise­ley in the Katunga Cly­des­dale Ho­tel Trot­ters Hand­i­cap.

Cr Law­less pre­sented the tro­phy, do­nated by the Cly­des­dale Ho­tel, to the Rise­ley’s of Len­nythe­shark fame.

It was not a great day for the race favourites with only two salut­ing — Dun­robin for Rochester-trainer Mark Thomp­son in the Bak­ers De­light Pace and Cest La Classe, a New Zealand-owned horse trained and driven by An­thony Cross­land.

The Junor­toun-trained five-yearold mare saluted in the Track Re­fur­bish Cel­e­bra­tion Pace claim­ing the money and a tro­phy do­nated by Adele Wat­son.

Long-shot You Ninety Two, a four-year-old horse owned by Goornong trainer/driver Peter Salathiel, beat out favourite Eye Lash, New Zealand-trained by Amanda Turn­bull.

The New­berry sta­ble also joined in the party for the ‘long shots’ with a thrilling win by HFHD, with Vil­lage En­counter ahead of the mare’s more fan­cied ri­vals in the Pat Car­roll Pace.

A de­lighted Ma­ree New­berry was trackside to ac­cept the tro­phy for the race named in hon­our of one of the club’s val­ued stal­warts and life mem­ber, who has served with dis­tinc­tion and con­tin­ues to do so, rarely miss­ing a race meet­ing.

Lo­cal Nu­murkah owner Bill Gread could not wipe the smile from his face when Kevin Jnr. Wei­den­bach drove his five-yearold geld­ing Mys­tery Writer to his first ca­reer win in a run­away per­for­mance.

The young reins­man from Wahring lined up two races later in the Hock­ing Trad­ing Pace on Manover­the­moon, how­ever was de­nied a driv­ing dou­ble when the Echuca-trained Dal­las Niko­lay got the judge’s nod in a thrilling photo fin­ish.

Win­ner: Dal­las Niko­lay reined by Ellen Tormey snatches the money from Manover­the­moon driven by Kevin Jnr Wei­den­bach in the Hock­ing Trad­ing Pace.

Ex­cited: Life mem­ber Pat Car­roll presents the tro­phy to Ma­ree New­berry, win­ning owner of Vil­lage En­counter.

Un­veiled: Coun­cil­lor Peter Law­less un­veils the plaque in cel­e­bra­tion of the com­ple­tion of the walk­ing paths and stage project.

Stal­warts: The club’s four vet­eran life mem­bers Mar­garet Kennedy, Glenice Brooks, Pat Car­roll and Ron Camp­bell.

Top ride: An­thony Cross­land and five-yearold mare Cest La Classe.

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