Down Under Earl breaks through
Down Under Earl proved too good for the opposition in taking out a Trotters Handicap at R.T. White Raceway in Ararat.
The four-year-old gelding was in its seventh career outing for Stawell owner-trainer Phillip Giles and his wife Tammy and continued on from a solid second placing 10 days earlier at Maryborough.
The result notched up career victory number one.
Driver Tina Ridis didn’t bustle the lightly raced square gaiter in the early and middle stages of the 2165-metre journey and was content to sit outside the leader Penelope – Jason Lee – for the majority of the trip.
Ridis gave her charge some rein at the 400-metre mark and the son of Down Under Muscles and Earl Bella trotted solidly to the post and scored by three metres from Allawart Bob – Aaron Dunn – with the backmarker Gus N Maori – Matty Craven – a further seven metres astern in third spot. Team Giles races Down Under Earl on lease from his breeders the Fry family and barring accidents or injury should enjoy a few more trips to the winner’s circle.