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    GOOD RUN: Great Western horseman Grant Campbell returns to the barn with four-year-old gelding Duty Bound after taking out the HRV $11K for Prostate Cancer Pace at Horsham Racing Centre. Picture: TONY LOGAN

Strong showing at Horsham harness racing

By LEN BAKER

The Kangaroo Flat-training and driving team of Kate Hargreaves and Alex Ashwood dominated Horsham’s harness-race meeting, taking out three of the six events on the program.

Aldebaran Sundown started the stable’s trio of wins in a trotters handicap. 

The four-year-old gelding stepped away safely from the pole draw and Ashwood allowed the square-gaiter to find his rhythm before easing away from the pegs to race outside the leader Eoghan Omaille for the majority of the 2200-metre journey.



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Aldebaran Sundown raced clear of the field down the home straight and scored by nine metres from Downtown Miss – Denbeigh Wade – with the favourite Love The Aces – Michael Bellman – another six metres astern in third place.

Three-year-old filly Roquefort Cheese gave the stable its second victory for the day, proving much too good for the older horses in a 1700-metre pace. 

Sent forward from gate five to steadily work to the front of affairs at the bell, Roquefort Cheese kept them running in the final lap and cruised home to score by four metres from Tinge Of Fear  – Jackie Barker – with a similar gap to the third placegetter, Irishmurphy – Rod Barker.

Former New Zealander then South Australian pacer Bottle Rock completed the triangle when much too slick for his rivals in a pace. 

After beginning swiftly from gate four to cross Kempseys Delight – Denbeigh Wade – Bottle Rock was rated to perfection and went on to score by four metres from Kempseys Delight, which used the sprint lane to no avail, with Ideal T J – Aaron Dunn – battling on for third.

Leading owners Merv and Meg Butterworth were successful with the Grant Campbell trained and driven former Kiwi pacer Duty Bound in the HRV $11K for Prostate Cancer Pace over 1700 metres in a rate of 1:57.6. 

Campbell restrained his charge from gate six and settled three back in the running line for the first lap. 

He then secured a three-wide trail on the back of Ghanasuya – Xavier O’Connor – to be up in the action rounding the final bend. 

Eased four-wide on straightening, Duty Bound finished at the rate of knots to score by a half-neck in 1:57.6.

The Great Western team made it a double when the Kerryn Manning-trained and driven four-year-old gelding Valiente got the judge’s nod to salute in a pace. 

Since being purchased from NSW by The Dreamers Syndicate, Valiente has notched up five wins from seven starts.

After finishing third in the opening event at Horsham, Bellman made a quick drive across to Bendigo to partner Jazspur in the first on the card.

The three-year-old filly galloped shortly after the start and was some 30 metres from the leaders before finding her gait and tacking on to the tail of the field.

When the bell sounded, Bellman took Jazspur up three wide and in an impressive performance the young trotter rounded them up to score by two metres in a rate of 2:04.1 for the 2150 metre journey. 

Jazspur is raced by her Ararat breeders, Gary and Tracey Hull.

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