Delta­sun in win­ning form

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport - BY TONY LO­GAN

Ararat trot­ter Delta­sun took out the pres­ti­gious $25,000 Cen­tral Vic­to­rian Trotting Cham­pi­onship at Mary­bor­ough last week for trainer Terry Young and his owner­breeder Ali­son Young.

Delta­sun, with reg­u­lar driver Gavin Lang in the sulky, stepped away safely from the front line and tailed the free­wheel­ing leader Alde­baran Kiri, An­thony O’con­nor, for the ma­jor­ity of the 2690-me­tre jour­ney.

When O’con­nor pulled the deaf­en­ers on Alde­baran Kiwi and tried to kick clear at the 300-me­tre mark, Lang looked con­fi­dent and sat qui­etly on Delta­sun un­til turn­ing for home.

The four-year-old geld­ing moved up to chal­lenge the gal­lant fron­trun­ner half­way up the straight and went on to score by 6.2 me­tres in a rate of 2:04.3 with the fi­nal mile run in a fran­tic 1:58.2.

Delta­sun’s record now stands at nine wins, nine mi­nor plac­ings and $131,885 in stakes from just 20 life­time starts, and bar­ring bad luck or in­jury looks set for an­other fruit­ful cam­paign.

Con­so­la­tion

St Ar­naud-lo­gan district trainer Ja­son Mc­naulty also en­joyed suc­cess at the Mary­bor­ough fix­ture when the for­mer New Zealand trot­ter Fratellino over­came a 20-me­tre hand­i­cap to cap­ture the $10,000 Cen­tral Vic­to­rian Trotting Cham­pi­onship Con­so­la­tion.

The lightly raced six-year-old geld­ing is raced by Ja­son’s brother Shaun and was driven by tal­ented young Bur­rum­beet reins­man James Her­bert­son.

Fratellino trot­ted away solidly at the start and steadily made ground dur­ing the first lap of the stay­ing con­test to be three back in the run­ning line.

Her­bert­son de­cided to make his move at the 1400-me­tre mark and worked his charge for­ward to the spot out­side the leader at the bell.

In the run to the post, Fratellino proved much too strong for the opposition and scored un­touched by 5.3 me­tres in a rate of 2:04.9. It was the trot­ter’s se­cond win from three starts for the Mc­naulty boys and it would be no sur­prise to soon see Fratellino line up in a coun­try trot­ters cup.

Bal­larat win

A dash­ing drive from Grant Camp­bell paved the way for smart three-yearold filly On­the­cresto­fawave’s vic­tory at Bal­larat on Fri­day night in a $7000 pace.

Camp­bell had none of the early speed bat­tle at the start but made a light­ning move af­ter just 600 me­tres of the 2200-me­tre trip to claim the lead from the front run­ner Thats Per­fect, $1.10 favourite driven by Chris Al­ford.

One in front, Camp­bell dic­tated the tempo with mod­er­ate mid­dle sec­tions in 31.5 and 30.4 then left them stand­ing in the fi­nal stage with a slick fi­nal quar­ter home in 27.8 sec­onds.

Ker­ryn Man­ning trains On­the­cresto­fawave at Great West­ern for a large band of own­ers, headed by Stawell’s Ken Salmon.

From just seven starts, the daugh­ter of Mod­ern Art USA and for­mer top race mare Our Surfer­girl is al­ready a four­time win­ner and hope­fully has plenty more in store.

Of­fi­cial visit

Vic­to­ria’s Rac­ing In­tegrity Com­mis­sioner Sal Perna will visit Hor­sham on Tues­day as part of his re­gional ques­tion and an­swer road­show.

These in­for­mal ses­sions at race meet­ings pro­vide at­ten­dees with an op­por­tu­nity to raise ques­tions and hear first-hand about the com­mis­sioner’s per­spec­tive on in­tegrity in the rac­ing in­dus­try.

All in­ter­ested mem­bers of the pub­lic and par­tic­i­pants in­volved in the three codes of rac­ing are wel­come to at­tend.

The ses­sion will be from 5pm in the main din­ing area at Hor­sham Greyhound Rac­ing Club.

Peo­ple in­ter­ested in sub­mit­ting ques­tions in ad­vance of the ses­sion are asked to send their ques­tions to the Of­fice of the Rac­ing In­tegrity Com­mis­sioner by email to [email protected]­in­tegrity.vic.gov.au.

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