Down Un­der Earl breaks through

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport -

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.

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