Home-track win for Collins

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport -

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.

De­light

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.

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