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16 September 2020
By TONY LOGAN
Ararat reinsman Michael Bellman kicked off his campaign for prostate cancer awareness when combining with six-year-old gelding Aerodyne Guy to score in the opening event at Stawell’s traditional Father’s Day fixture.
Harness Racing Victoria is supporting the cause with drivers Bellman and John Caldow wearing the blue and white Prostate Cancer Foundation silks through September and donating $500 for every winner landed by the boys.
Aerodyne Guy’s victory was a special thrill for owner Les McLeod and local trainer Owen Martin because it was the son of Union Guy’s first and came at his 17th attempt.
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McLeod bred ‘The Guy’ from his mare Rayelle Lady, which won four races for the then owner-trainer-driver back in 2007-2008.
It was a great training effort by Martin to get the horse up at its first outing for the new stable.
It is great to see the Ararat and Stawell clubs backing Bellman’s efforts with pledges for wins and minor places. Many district harness fans and owners have also come on board through their social media.
Bellman should have a full book of drives at Horsham tomorrow afternoon, so the club has promised a $250 donation to Prostate Cancer Foundation and is hoping for a couple of winners to pull some extra cash from the HRV coffers.
Another first at Stawell was the maiden victory of five-year-old mare Princess Alexandra for Balmoral trainer Janet Exell, which finally delivered at her 25th career outing.
Princess Alexandra had served notice of an upcoming success with a recent four-metre second placing at Horsham and made the most of her coveted pole draw at Stawell, leading all the way with Scotts Creek reinsman Xavier O’Connor in the sulky.
The daughter of Caribbean Blaster is raced by the Exell-Johnston-Murrell families and will front up again with O’Connor at Horsham tomorrow afternoon.
Kerryn Manning recorded her 1000th win as a trainer at the Stawell meeting when former NSW gelding Valiente got the judge’s nod in a tight photo finish.
The son of Mach Three USA has won four from four since being purchased by local owners the Dreamers Group and finding a new home at Great Western.
Valiente’s victory was Manning’s 998th Australian-trained winner, which coupled with Arden Rooney’s 2015 New Zealand Trotting Cup and Kaikoura Cup wins, clinched the four-figure milestone.
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