Home-track win for Collins
Ararat trainer Tracey Collins notched a home-track harness-racing victory when her six-year-old bay mare Glenferrie Devotee out-toughed the opposition in an NR52-55 Pace.
Driver Jason Lee had his hands full before the Sunday night race when his charge was reluctant to circle. But he soon got the daughter of Changeover NZ to switch on and score up for the 1790-metre sprint trip.
There was plenty of action early as front-liners wrestled for position but Lee was content to bide his time in the running line until moving into the three wide line with 500 metres to go.
As the field worked around the final bend Lee gave Glenferrie Devotee full rein four and five wide, with favourite Jilliby Gizmo – Matthew Horsnell – badly held up behind the tiring leaders.
The mare booted well clear of the opposition halfway down the straight and scored by 1.4 metres in a rate of 2:00.0 neat.
Glenferrie Devotee has now won four races from 26 starts with all four firsts coming from six appearances at her home track.
Concongella trainer Ken Taylor also enjoyed that winning feeling at Ararat when his sevenyear-old gelding Kempseys Delight lasted to score by the barest of margins in the Ararat Harness Racing Club’s Volunteers Pace.
Driver Denbeigh Wade made her intentions known from the start of the 2195-metre journey, giving her charge full steam when the green light came on and quickly crossing to the lead from gate four.
When in front Kempseys Delight dropped the bit and was content to dawdle through the middle stages of the race in 67.7 seconds. This left enough in reserve for the 16-1 outsider to hold off a trio of fast finishers and bring up his third career victory.