4th April: Shane Gallagher was in the winners stall at the Charlton meeting held at Maryborough, when 6Y0 Armbriono Invas - Whata Tussle mare Whattalottafray trained by Shane for partner Rachael Benns, led virtually throughout to land the DNR Logistics Trotters Handicap for TR1 or better class over 2190 metres. Kicking clear for Chris Alford at the straight entrance, Whattalottafray scored by 8.1 metres in advance of Surbiton Armistice which raced outside her, with Allens Delight third 4.5 metres away after trailing the winner after leading out from the pole. The mile rate 2-03.2.
4th April: Ian Kitchin’s home bred Sportswriter - Way Mya Macray filly Larajay Macray trained by Jess Tubbs who also owns a share, was an easy victor of the Thank You Punters Party Carroll Boys 3Y0 Pace over 1690 metres at Maryborough. With Greg Sugars in the sulky, Larajay Macray led throughout from the pole to register a 15.1 metre margin over Illawong Astro which raced exposed, returning a mile rate of 1-55.5. Rosie Sambrosie was third a metre away from three back the markers.
4th April: Terry Suhan and Len Petch’s Somebeachsomewhere - Resonante gelding Glenledi Boy notched up his second victory from five starts to date with a strong victory in the 2080 metre Decron 3Y0 Pace at Cranbourne. Trained by Gary and Deb Quinlan, Glenledi Boy from the extreme draw settled a mile off the leader Yannarie in a slick tempo through the early stages. Creeping forward to be one/two approaching the bell, Chris Alford commenced a forward move in the back straight to join the pacemaker prior to the home turn before getting the upper hand in the straight. Holding a margin to the wire, Glenledi Boy had 1.1 metres to spare on the wire from the fast finishing Alliyahs Choice (three back the markers), with Heavens Showgirl a stablemate of the winner using the sprint lane to finish third 11.9 metres back. The mile rate 2-00.5.
4th April: Peter Watkinson, Bruce Paul, Peter Hornsby & Dale Monteith’s Art Major-Sahara Miss gelding Sahara Tiger chalked up his fifth success when victorious in the 1609 metre Seelite Windows & Doors Pace for C1 class at Cranbourne. Trained by Gary & Debbie Quinlan, Sahara Tiger driven by Chris Alford was taken back at the start from gate six to settle near last before going forward racing for the bell to park outside the front runner Flyin Circles. Applying the pressure on turning, Sahara Tiger was too strong over the concluding stages, scoring by 4.2 metres in a rate of 1-58.3 over the leader, with Feel The Rhythm third 20,3 metres back after trailing the pacemaker.
6th April: John Hawke’s ever reliable Kiwi bred 5Y0 Bettors Delight - Reklaw gelding Rishi was strong winner of the TAB Multiplier Pace for M1 & M2 class over 2240 metres at Tabcorp Park Melton. Trained and driven by Lance Justice, Rishi did a bit of chasing to catch the field in the score up, settling near last as Cruz led from gate two. Going forward to race exposed with around 1400 metres to travel, Justice controlled the race to a nicety, with Rishi striding clear halfway up the running to record a “soft” 1.7 metre victory over Joe Nien which trailed him in 1-55.9. Sixty used the sprint lane for third a head away.
8th April: Peter Watkinson, Bruce Paul and Peter Hornsby were winners at the Cobram fixture, when their Courage Under Fire - Sahara Miss colt Sahara Sirocco making his race debut, greeted the judge in the 1670 metre Ken & Marjorie Wadesun Memorial 2Y0 Pace at Cobram. Driven by Chris Alford for Gary & Debbie Quinlan, Sahra Sirocco from gate two enjoyed a charmed passage trailing the well supported first starter Yourshoutrocky which led from gate three. Using the sprint lane, Sahara Sirocco bloused the leader right on the wire to prevail by a nose in 1-55.2. Border hopper Realnspectacular was third 9.3 metres away after racing in the open from outside the front line.
9th April: Four year old Somebeachsomwhere - Bettorthanyou gelding Sicario part-owned by Fred Crews, was successful at Menangle when taking the 2nd Heat of the Club Menangle Carousel for C2 to C5 class over 2300 metres. Trained by Brent Lilley, Sicario with Luke McCarthy aboard, led for the majority of the journey, defeating Times Stride and Dazzle Me in a mile rate of 1-55.6.
11th April: Georgina Coram’s recent addition Bundisgood broke his maiden status at start number 49, when successful in the Hirsh Hill Estate Trotters Mobile at Yarra Valley. Driven by close friend Simone Walker, Bundisgood a 7Y0 Bacardi Lindy-Seek And Destroy gelding trained by Georgie after starting solo on the second line, was able to follow polemarker Hades Sky as the start was effected to settle on his back. Easing away from the inside on the final bend, Bundisgood raced away on turning to score easily by 13.1 metres over Hades Sky in a mile rate of 2-02.5. Like A Sunbeam (three back the markers – exposed last lap) was third 33.8 metres back.
14th April: Bruce Morgan and Stan Nedwell’s 4Y0 Shadow Play - Lucky Bonus gelding Bonus Play returned to the winners list by taking the M&S Accounting Group Pace for R5 or better class at the Kyabram meeting held at Shepparton. With John Caldow in the sulky as usual, Bonus Play (gate 3) crossed polemarker Chrissy Divinyl shortly after the start to assume control and was never headed, scoring easily by 5.1 metres in a rate of 1-57.9 from Chrissy Divinyl and Professor Tom from mid-field who was a head away.
17th April: John and Christine Yeomans snared the Beraldo Coffee 2Y0 Pace over 1720 metres at Tabcorp Park Melton with home bred Bettors Delight - Life Inthefastlane filly Its Beaujolais in a rate of 2-00.7. Driven by John Caldow, Its Beaujolais led throughout, just lasting by a nose from Night Spirit along the sprint lane after trailing. Monsieur Delacour (three wide home turn from last was third 4.5 metres back.
17th April: Fred Crews is a member of a large syndicate who race impressive Art Major-The Waratah colt Mirragon who scored in The Haymarket 2Y0 Pace at Ballarat when making his race debut. Driven by Chris Alford for Emma Stewart, Mirragon led throughout to register an untouched 13.1 metre margin over a death-seating Yejele Hammer in 1-56.8. Shadowman was third 2.5 metres back after trailing the winner.
18th April: John Hawke’s 6Y0 Muscle Mass-Mystic Hush gelding Carnera landed the DJA Wurrung Trotters Mobile for T4 or better class over 2190 metres at the Charlton fixture conducted at Maryborough. Pouncing on the lead from gate four, Carnera cleverly driven, defied all challengers to score by a metre over the fast finishing Your Nicked (three back the markers), with War Spirit which trailed the winner a head away in third place after both moved wide in the straight. The mile rate 2-00.9.
18th April: Fred Crews shared in another winner when Mach Three-Grace Robinson colt Hardhitter greeted the judge in the DNR Logistics Pace 3Y0 Pace over 1690 metres at Maryborough. Driven by Chris Alford for the Stewart/Tonkin combination, Hardhitter led throughout from gate three to easily account for Keayang Blinky (one/two) by 7.5 metres and Foolish Pleasure who was 2.4 metres away in third place after trailing the runner up. The mile rate 1-56.7.
21st April: Peter Watkinson, Bruce Paul, Peter Hornsby & Dale Monteith again tasted success, when Art Major-Sahara Miss gelding Sahara Tiger brought up three wins in succession by taking the Winning Formula Pace for C2 & C3 class over 1790 metres at Warragul on Cup Day. Trained locally by Gary & Deb Quinlan, Sahara Tiger with Chris Alford aboard settled four back the markers from gate four, moving to be one/one when All Major ahead of him came away from the inside to lead the outside division approaching the bell. Making the final bend wide made no difference to the result as Sahara Tiger finished too well for Nikitaris along the sprint lane off the back of the weakening leader and third placegetter Flyin Circles. The margins 1.5 metres by a half neck in a mile rate of 1-59.4.
26th April: Rob Auber and a host of co-owners were winners at Tabcorp Park Melton when home bred 4Y0 Art Major - Bella Aurora gelding Good Guy Mac landed the 1790 metre TAB Multiplier Pace for C1 class. Trained by Kari Males and driven by Zac Phillips, Good Time Mac showed blistering speed from outside the front line, but was unable to head off the speedy polemarker Fly Cheval which kicked through on his inside. Restrained to take a trail on the back of the leader until the final bend, Good Time Mac was eased three wide and finished strongly in the straight to record a 2.7 metre margin over Mystery Writer from last at the bell, with a death-seating Runsafarirun 4.6 metres back in third place. The mile rate 1-58.9.