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New Fitz fits nicely

Harrow district breeders Peter and Marie Fitzgerald have enjoyed plenty of harness-racing success over the years with horses carrying the ‘Fitz’ moniker.

The latest to fly the family flag, Blue Vein Fitz, brought up her maiden victory at Terang.

The three-year-old daughter of Betterthancheddar, USA, began smartly from gate two and when in front driver Matty Craven set a moderate tempo through the first half of the 1680-metre contest.

Craven gave his charge more rein at the 800-metre mark and the filly dashed home in splits of 28.7 and 28.1 seconds to score by 3.1 metres in a rate of 1:57.3.

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Blue Vein Fitz is the fourth and final offspring of Hi Ho Fitz, 16 wins, and a half-sister to Ritzy Fitz, five wins, Sammy Fitz, two, and Big Mumma Fitz, five.

Concongella owner-trainer Kenneth Taylor Junior was also a winner at Terang, with his seven-year-old gelding Kempseys Delight leading all the way with Ararat reinswoman Emma Hamblin in the sulky.

The son of Bettors Delight, USA, is a veteran of 95 starts and has been a consistent performer for Taylor since debuting as a three-year-old at Charlton on December 31, 2015.

Although, in a frustrating run of outs, Kempseys Delight racked up 17 minor placings from his first 34 starts before scoring a victory at Hamilton in June 2018.

With the drought broken, Kempseys Delight has since built a more than respectable career record of five wins, 30 minors and $48,346 for the Taylor family.

Horsham owners Barry and Yvonne Dunn also celebrated a victory at the Terang meeting when their four-year-old gelding Glenavril King out-toughed the opposition in an $8000 race over 2180 metres.

Glenavril King has been racing in red-hot form since joining the Grant Campbell team at Great Western about five weeks ago.

The son of Courage Under Fire, NZ, has notched up three wins and a second for the Campbell-Manning camp and now boasts a career record of  five wins, seven minors and a bank of $32,070 from 23 starts.

Metro class squaregaiter Deltasun resumed after an eight-week absence with a strong performance at Terang, taking out the trotters handicap with Kerryn Manning aboard.

The six-year-old gelded son of Tennotrump stepped away slowly but safely from its 40-metre handicap and made ground gradually to tack onto the field.

Manning was content to bide her time with Deltasun until the 500-metre mark when she eased the trotter out three and four wide and made a run at the leaders.

Deltasun sprinted quickly to have the race in its keeping at the top of the home straight and went on to score by 3.4 metres in a rate of 2:02.3 for the 2180-metre journey.

With a record of 18 wins, 19 minors and $241,385 Deltasun has already given owner Alison Young and her father-in-law and trainer Terry Young plenty of joy and barring injury there looks to be more in store.

– Tony Logan

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