Cold night, hot races at Young Paceway

Another cool night greeted patrons on Tuesday with a competitive seven race program conducted by the Young Harness Racing club.

Local trainer Peter Hansen set the scene with a convincing win with his four-year-old Courage Under Fire mare, Lettuce Pray.

Driven by Michael Day Jr the winner now of two races put the writing on the wall with some eye catching performances over recent weeks, those with a keen eye would have noticed that and quickly took advantage of the $9.00 fixed odds price set earlier in the day.

Minor placings were taken out by race favourite Glenferrie Crest and Stella Regina with the winners mile rate of 1:59.4 a reflection of the immaculate state of the track following some good overnight rain.

St Gregory’s graduate and popular indigenous ambassador Jimmy Brown made another visit to the Young track following his win last week behind Bettorbetbig when he recorded possibly one of the biggest wins seen for some time behind the seven-year-old gelding Arctic.

His impressive 40 metre wining margin and a 1”59.7 mile rating certainly had the small crowd left slightly speechless with the favourite, Sniggihdis left in his wake finishing third with Two Real for Amy Day splitting the two.

The winner had not won from his last 13 starts and the improvement was certainly not seen coming.

Mini trotting graduate McKayler Barnes showed them how it was done when Ruth Shannon came from sixth at the bell to record a comfortable 6 ¼ metre win over Malicious Fella and the Cowra trained favourite Fantasy Level ($2.60) in race three.

Being placed at Cowra and Penrith recently before being unplaced in a much harder field at Menangle last time out, the Mach Three mare recorded her third race win for trainer and long time Young Club supporter Peter Bullock.

Favourite backers were back on good terms with themselves when the well backed Our Castanea ($1.80) scored an impressive win over pole marker Golovkin and rank outsider Impertinent Boy ($71.20) in race four.

Sitting sixth at the bell following a slick 29.6 first quarter, the run home resulted in a mile rating of 2:00.7 and a handsome first four dividend of $997.80.

Junee Reefs mentor Matthew Harris set a moderate pace up from with the resuming Art Major filly Bemajor but failed to sustain that superiority when finishing ninth behind the well backed Smiling Sam ($2.40) in race five.

The favourite for the race, bred by the Paton family at Bathurst, and raced by Kriden Investments Pty Ltd came from eighth at the bell to circle the field to post an impressive 7 ¼ metre margin and his second win from only nine starts.

The shortest priced favourite of the night My Mels Place ($1.60) driven by her trainer Mark Hewitt, gave her supporters no cause for concern in the two-year-old race, race six, when she defeated Kyle Shannon and Ideal Flash in convincing style.

A winning margin of 3 ¾ metres after leading throughout was certainly the improvement expected from the lightly raced daughter of Shoobees Place who should now be a filly to follow in coming months.

Having not raced since February 4 2018, the Maimuru trained Mister Big four-year-old gelding Super Nerd did her trainer proud by circling the field at the four hundred in defeating Stumbling In and the vastly improving Hail In Motion in the final race of the night.

DRIVING IN THE DARK: Lettuce Pray crossing the line to bring home the win on Tuesday night in Young. Photo: Martin Langfield.

DRIVING IN THE DARK: Lettuce Pray crossing the line to bring home the win on Tuesday night in Young. Photo: Martin Langfield.

Driven by the regular stable driver, Angella Hedges the “big fella” from the very fast, one time Canberra track record holder, The Dancing Possum was coming home strongly and the ($11.60) on offer did send some hardened stable followers home highly delighted.

Congratulations go out to Todd Day, Chris Judd and Blake Micallef on their selection in the 2018 Nicholas Dewar Memorial NSW Rising Star Series and who will represent the South West and Riverina in the forthcoming series. 

Young will race again next Tuesday night June 19 with heats of the $10,000 Club Menangle, Where Horses Fly and the Club Menangle Country Series Heat.

WINNERS: The winning connections of Lettuce Pray on Tuesday night. Photo: Martin Langfield.

WINNERS: The winning connections of Lettuce Pray on Tuesday night. Photo: Martin Langfield.

Results

Local trainer Peter Hansen set the scene with a convincing win with his four-year-old Courage Under Fire mare, Lettuce Pray.

Stuart Maxwell

Race 1 TAB PACE – 1st LETTUCE PRAY Trainer: P Hansen Driver: Michael Jr Day Owner/s: PL Hansen and LJ Hansen Breeders: Brooklyn Lodge Aberdeen Pty Ltd – Odds: $5.50 Mile Rate: 1:59:4. 

Race 2 MCALISTER MOTORS PACE – 1st ARCTIC Trainer: J Brown Driver: J Brown Owner/s: JJ Niass and MR Shadlow Breeders: RA Shinn, DM Evans – Odds: $11.90 Mile Rate: 1:59:7.

Race 3 YOUNG HOTEL PACE – 1st RUTH SHANNON Trainer: P Bullock Driver: M Barnes Owner/s: Rayngold Pty Ltd Breeders: EL Basham – Odds: $2.90 Mile Rate: 2:01:2.

Race 4 HILLTOPS EQUINE CENTRE PACE – 1st OUR CASTANEA Trainer: K Rue Driver: M Rue Owner/s: KE Rue, SL Rue Breeder(s): G Bryant, CA Bryant – Odds: $1.80 fav Mile Rate: 2:00:7.

Race 5 YOUNG CAR WASH 3YO PACE – 1st SMILING SAM Trainer: G Rue Driver: M Rue Owner/s: Kriden Investments Pty Ltd Breeders: LR Paton, GR Paton – Odds: $2.40 fav Mile Rate: 2:05:6.

Race 6 CORDINA FARMS 2YO PACE – 1st MY MELS PLACE Trainer: M Hewitt Driver: M Hewitt Owner/s: Suzanne Nicholls Breeders: SM Nicholls, RC Lee – Odds: $1.60 fav Mile Rate: 2:03:1.

Race 7 QUAYLE MILLING AND VETTA PASTA PACE - 1st SUPER NERD Trainer: K Jenner Driver: A Hedges Owner/s: EA Hutchison, KL Jenner, SK Hutchison Breeders: EA Hutchison, KL Jenner, SK Hutchison Odds: $11.60 Mile Rate: 2:05:6.