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22 June 2022
By Tony Logan
Ararat trainer Terry Young landed a winner at Hamilton on Friday with four-year-old gelding Classicmajor in a $7000 contest for pacers rated up to 51, over the sprint trip of 1660 metres.
The beautifully bred son of Art Major, USA, raced keenly out of the gate and driver Kerryn Manning elected to push forward and cross to the head of affairs with a lap to go.
Classicmajor gave Manning a workout as he continued to pull hard, but had too many punches for the opposition, dashing home in 28.6 seconds to score by nine metres in a rate of 1:55.9.
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The victory came nine days after an Ararat success and took the pacer’s record to three wins, five minor placings and $18,225 from 19 outings. Young’s long-time friend and stable supporter Terry Cahill races Classicmajor.
Manning enjoyed victory earlier in the afternoon as owner, trainer and driver of six-year-old gelding Razs Veyron in a restricted stakemoney event over 2160 metres.
‘Raz’ showed plenty of early toe from gate four and quickly found the pegs before Manning handed up as Spacewriter – Greg Sugars – continued to press forward and cross to the lead with 1800 metres remaining.
The Great Westerners enjoyed a lovely trail from that point onward and were presented with clear running, up along the sprint lane at the business end of the race.
At the post, it was ‘Raz’ a clear winner by 1.1 metres from Creative Lad – Rod Barker – and Spacewriter in a rate of 2:00.3, his fourth career victory and second for Manning as owner.
It was just reward for the time and effort put in to get the pacer back to the races after a long absence from July 2020 until March 2022, the win coming at the gelding’s 10th comeback start.
The win of Banksofthemurray in the lucky last at Hamilton on Friday gave Camperdown teenager Rory Coverdale an enormous thrill, when posting her first success in the sulky.
The Matty Craven-trained three-year-old colt enjoyed a sweet trip on the back of the leader Hanging Fire – David Drury – for the majority of the 2160m journey and with 250m to go Coverdale edged Banksofthemurray away from the markers and set to challenge at the top of the home stretch. In the run to the wire, the combo proved too strong and were untroubled to score by 3.5m in a rate of 1:58.8.
Coverdale has worked full-time with the Craven stable for nearly two years and had her first race drive just a month ago, with her ‘number one’ coming at her ninth outing.
Three in a row
Friday night saw another huge 12-race program at Mildura and Birchip owner Gary Living celebrated when A Rocknroll Jet made it three in a row on the 800m Sunraysia circuit.
Living had trained his six-year-old gelding for the majority of its 62 starts before relocating to the Frank Cavallaro team a little more than a month ago, and the decision has paid off handsomely.
Stawell district owner Natasha Raven also enjoyed success at Mildura when the Kate Attard trained five-year-old gelding Hanover Jack captured a $7000 NR up to 50 Pace with Jordan Leedham in the sulky.
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