1st Nov - Peter Svanosio kicked off the month with a winner at Shepparton in *Race 8 with Artful Christian*
1st Nov - The boys Rob Merola, Sam Godino & Hawkey also saluted at Shepparton in *Race 3 with Carnera*
5th Nov - Peter Svanosio had his 2nd win for the monthh at Bendigo in *Race 5 with Shesasundon*
7th Nov - New club member and Bangholme owner/breeder Georgina Coram provided her first winner as a registered trainer when 6Y0 Grinfromeartoear - Scarlet Lilly gelding Sudden Explosion scored in the TAB Pace for C0 class over 1650 metres at the huge annual Yarra Valley Melbourne Cup Day fixture. Driven by close friend Simone Walker, Sudden Explosion led throughout from gate three to record a 3.3 metre victory in advance of Apollon (three back the markers) and Bee Factor which trailed the winner - the mile rate 1-59.3.9th
8th Nov - John Dorrington was successful with his Sportswriter - Magic Nights colt Ritchie Bee in the Sharp Electronics Pace for C0 class over over 1609 metres at Newcastle for the Turner/Morriss combination. Driven by Robbie Morriss, Ritchie Bee enjoyed a sweet passage one/one from gate two, running on best to prevail by 1.9 metres over Western Heir and Elsie Gem. The mile rate 1-56.3.9th
9th Nov - Lennytheshark Obliterates Track Record at Yarra Valley
Kevin and Martin Riseley’s prolific winning 8Y0 Four Starzzz Shark - Botswana entire Lennytheshark took 4.7 seconds off the existing track record when victorious in last Thursday’s $30,000 (Group 3) United Petroleum Yarra Valley Pacing Cup for M0 or better class over 2650 metres at Yarra Valley on Thursday. With regular reinsman Chris Alford in the sulky for trainer David Aiken, Lennytheshark starting from the extreme draw was off and running as soon as the start was effected to cross Vinny Chase entering the straight on the first occasion. Once at the head of affairs the race was as good as over, with Lennytheshark scoring by 3.9 metres in a sizzling rate of 1-55.4 (last half 54.2 – quarter 27.3) from a game My Field Marshall which faced the open from the bell. Tee Cee Bee Macray was an excellent third 1.3 metres back after racing wide in the last lap, while Messini ran on late to be fourth 7 metres away.Lenny will now head to Perth to contest the Inter Dominion, a race he was victorious in two years ago
11th Nov - Helen Dobson who has only recently joined the club, wife of the late Brian (Club Treasurer) was all smiles at Tabcorp Park, Melton on Saturday when 4Y0 Shady Shark Hanover - The Milky Way mare Shady Secret greeted the judge in the COGS Pace Final for C2 & C3 class over 2240 metres.
Trained at the new Myrniong complex of Greg & Jess Sugars by Greg’s father Ross, Shady Secret an easy winner of her heat held at Cranbourne on November 2, began speedily from gate four to lead virtually throughout, defeating Nitro Nikky (gate two) which trailed by six metres in a mile rate of 1-56.3. Bongiorno Boys ran home late from well back to be third 1.5 metres away.
Shady Secret is raced in partnership with son Paul, Frank Spillane, Pat Camm and Soteriou and this is her ninth success in 24 outings.
17th Nov - John Dorrington’s home bred 6Y0 Gotta Go Cullect - Pareen mare Come Cullect scored in the 2030 metre Teralba Bowling Club Pace at Newcastle. Trained and driven by Kerry-Ann Turner, Come Cullect led virtually throughout from gate six, accounting for Mista Taptoe Lombowhich trailed by 1.8 metres in a rate of 1-59.2. Major Meggs was 9.1 metres away after following the pair.
Kevin Riseley will be heading across the Nullabor for the commencement of the Inter Dominion full of confidence as he shares in the ownership of the first two favourites – Lennytheshark and Lazarus.
Whilst Lennytheshark rounded off his preparation with success in the Yarra Valley Cup Lazarus a 5Y0 Bettors Delight - Bethany entire was a dominant victor of last Tuesday’s $800,000 (Group 1) Christchurch Casino New Zealand Cup for the second year in succession. Trained by the “All Stars” combination of Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen, Lazarus raced in partnership with Phil and Glenys Kennard and Trevor Casey began with plenty of zest from barrier six to assume control from stablemate Picccadilly Princess shortly after the start of the 3200 metre feature and once there, the race was virtually over with Lazarus coasting along without a worry in the world. Given his head on turning, Lazarus (last half mile 54.4 – quarter 27.3) scored by an untouched 5 ¾ lengths in a gross time of 3-55 (mile rate 1-58) from Jacks Legend off a three wide trail last lap, with Tiger Tara a gigantic third ¾ of a length back after racing in the open and going off stride halfway along the back straight when jumping an object on the track before coming again in the straight.
When luck’s running hot, everything seems to fall into place as Kevin Riseley will testify as another horse which he has a share in – Ultimate Machete snared the $234,000 Woodlands Stud Free For All at Addington on Friday. Trained by the All Stars team, Ultimate Machete driven by Natalie Rasmussen sat parked outside Tiger Tara for most of the 1950 metre trip, winning by a neck from the leader, with Jacks Legend a nose away in third place after trailing the leader and using the sprint lane. The mile rate a slashing 1-51.9.
Nov 25th - Rob Merola and John Hawke were in the winners stall at Tabcorp Park when their 4Y0 Muscle Mass - Mystic Hush gelding Carnera led all of the way in the T1 to T3 class Seelite Windows & Doors Trotters Mobile over 2240 metres. Trained and driven by Lance Justice, Carnera showed plenty of tenacity over the concluding stages to defy all challengers in accounting for Jay Pe De and Courcheval in 2-00.3.