The Weekly Advertiser Horsham
‘Glory’ be at harness meet
helbourne trainer Kate Hargreaves notched up a winning double at last Thursday’s Horsham harness-racing meeting with five-year-old mare Honour Before Glory.
Honour Before Glory won The Weekly Advertiser Pace and stablemate Blackbird Miss the Alabar Vicbred Platinum Maiden Pace.
A recent arrival from New Zealand, Honour Before Glory made it two from two in Australia as she cruised to the line 17 metres clear of her rivals. She won in a rate of 1:57.3 over the 2200-metre journey with Hargreaves’ foreman Jack Mckinnon in the sulky.
Lightly raced Blackbird Miss, with Josh Duggan aboard, made full advantage of the pole draw and led from go to whoa over its 1700-metre sprint.
Hargreaves, who grew up in Stawell, sits in fourth spot on the Victorian premiership list with 84 winners and is on track to top the ton by the end of 2021.
Bannockburn trainer Geoff Webster took advantage of a claim for Ballarat concession driver Connor Clarke to capture the West Side Horsham Pace with three-year-old gelding Belmont Royale.
After enjoying a perfect run throughout on the back of the leader Flying Art, Belmont Royale used the sprint lane over the final stages to score by
two metres from Cee Cee In America – Abbey Sanderson – and Hugo Rocks – James Herbertson – in a rate of 2:02.1.
Webster made it a stable double later in the day, when he piloted a recent addition to his team, Be A Good Scout, to an all-the-way victory in the $7000 Finn Tack Pace.
Earlier in the week at Swan Hill, Horsham-owned and trained two-yearold colt Flash Jimmy was victorious in The VHRC Bonuses Pace over 1750 metres.
Driver Aaron Dunn restrained Flash Jimmy to the rear of the eight-horse
field at the start and was content to bide his time as the leaders posted slick early sectionals.
At the 600-metre mark, Dunn followed Kerryn Manning and first-starter Jet Rock in a three-wide forward move into the race. Wider again on straightening for home, Flash Jimmy charged to the line to score by a 1.5-metre margin in a rate of 1:55.4.
It was the second win from five outings for owner Steve Blacker’s nicely bred son of A Rocknroll Dance USA and on what we have seen to date, certainly won’t be his last.
Charlton trainer Greg Norman’s fiveyear-old gelding Blue Coman backed up just two days after an unplaced effort at Ballarat to take out the Vhrcaldebaran Park Trotters Handicap at Swan Hill.
With regular driver Kerryn Manning again in control, the grey steadily overcame a 30-metre handicap to be one-one at the bell on the back of Jazspur – Michael Bellman.
Manning angled her charge wider at the top of the home straight and Blue Coman proved too strong for the brave death-seater over the final stages to notch up his sixth career victory for owners, Cormack Racing SA.