Tough task for King Denny

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport - BY TONY LO­GAN

Con­nec­tions of Ararat-owned trot­ter King Denny have again been cru­elled by the bar­rier draw in the In­ter Do­min­ion Trot­ting Cham­pi­onships.

The eight-year-old geld­ing put up a mighty ef­fort from gate seven in his open­ing-round heat at Mel­ton on Satur­day night but fared even worse when handed the same mar­ble for URXQG WZR RI WKH VHULHV RYHU WKH À\LQJ mile at Bal­larat.

Driver Den­beigh Wade was forced to re­strain King Denny to the back of WKH ¿HOG ZKHQ WKH VWDUW ZDV DFWLYDWHG hop­ing for a quick tempo through­out to al­low her charge to run home VWURQJO\ RYHU WKH ¿QDO VWDJHV

Ri­val driver Josh Dickie had dif­fer­HQW LGHDV KRZHYHU DV KH DOORZHG WKH hot favourite Speed­ing Spur to daw­dle dur­ing the mid­dle stages be­fore dash­ing home in a slick 56.2 sec­onds and a nine-me­tre vic­tory.

King Denny was forced to race three DQG IRXU ZLGH LQ WKH ¿QDO ODS DQG JRW WR ZLWKLQ ¿YH PHWUHV RI WKH WKLUG placeget­ter in a brave ef­fort af­ter FORFNLQJ D VXE VHFRQG ¿QDO KDOI

Round three of the se­ries will be at Cran­bourne on Satur­day night and seven days of rest then leads to the JORULRXV ¿QDOH DW 7DEFRUS 3DUN 0HOWRQ on De­cem­ber 15.

Stawell vic­tory

Veteran trainer-driver Ge­off Web­ster and six-year-old stal­lion Motu Gate­crasher com­bined to take out the

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Web­ster gave his charge a soft trip two back in the run­ning line for the ¿UVW KDOI RI WKH PHWUH MRXUQH\ be­fore mak­ing a light­ning move three ZLGH GRZQ WKH EDFN RQ WKH ¿QDO oc­ca­sion.

The race changed com­plex­ion at that point with Mad Rob­ber – Chris Al­ford – and Motu Gate­crasher open­ing up a break on the rest of the pack as the lead­ers tired and dragged sev­eral well-fan­cied run­ners back through the ¿HOG

Web­ster sat on Al­ford’s back around the home turn then switched down to the sprint lane to nail a very brave Mad Rob­ber right on the line in a new track record rate of 1:58.1.

Hor­sham success

A pair of vic­to­ries by Wim­mera owned and trained horses high­lighted last week’s seven-race card of har­ness ac­tion at Hor­sham Rac­ing Cen­tre.

Bal­moral owner-trainer Janet Ex­ell made it into the win­ner’s cir­cle when her nine-year-old mare Keepthe­dream scored by a neck in a Trot­ters Hand­i­cap with leg­endary horse­woman Ker­ryn Man­ning in the sulky.

Af­ter mak­ing a safe be­gin­ning from be­hind the tapes and strid­ing to the OHDG 0DQQLQJ ZDV FRQWHQW WR KDQG up when chal­lenged by Sher­rif Brown ± 7LQD 5LGLV ± DQG HQMR\HG D VRIW WULS for the re­main­der of the 2200-me­tre MRXUQH\

A dash up the sprint lane at the busi­ness end of the race gave the chest­nut mare her sec­ond ca­reer vic­tory and a won­der­ful re­sult for the Ex­ell fam­ily. Hor­sham pacer John Richard made it two for the lo­cals when suc­cess­ful in The Weekly Ad­ver­tiser C1 heat IRU WKH &DUEHUU\ &RQQHOO\ DQG $UQHO fam­i­lies.

Driver Jackie Barker bought the four-year-old geld­ing home with a SHUIHFWO\ WLPHG UXQ WR QRWFK XS LWV ¿IWK FDUHHU ZLQ IURP MXVW VWDUWV

ROUGH BREAK: Den­beigh Wade and King Denny.

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