12th June Geelong: Fred Crews and partners tasted success when 4Y0 Somebeachsomewhere - Bettorthankyou gelding Sicario snared the C4 & C5 class Flying Brick Cider C0. Pace over 1609 metres. Driven by Chris Alford for Brent Lilley, Sicario (gate six) went forward at the start to arrest the lead away from the noted sit/sprinter Beach Garden with the result never in doubt, scoring by 1.8 metres over Beach Garden and Selling The Dream (three back the markers) who was 9.3 metres back in third place. The mile rate 1-55.5.
13th June Maryborough: Kevin Riseley’s Sheron Park provided Quaker Jet - Dizzyinterest filly Dizzysjet to land the Remembering Anne McGrath 2Y0 Trotters Mobile over 2190 metres. Trained at Arcadia by Patrick Ryan and driven by David Moran, Dizzysjet starting from gate three on the second line came from four back along the markers to gain a half head decision in a rate of 2-06.5 over Magical which trailed her after a bad beginning, with Venkman using the sprint lane from three back the markers for third 2.6 metres back.
Fred Crews was again in the winners stall at Geelong after his 3Y0 Mack Three - Aleppo Heiress colt Fourbigmen raced by a syndicate of high profile people greeted the judge in the 2190 metre C1 class Charlton Thanks Maryborough HRC Pace. Giving away a tidy start after galloping the the score up, Fourbigmen trained by Emma Stewart with Chris Alford in the sulky was immediately sent forward after catching the field to circle the field and assume control at the bell. Proving too classy for his rivals. Fourbigmen reached the wire 4.1 metres in advance of Wayonbye from mid-field in the moving line, with Jilliby Dyson 8.2 metres away in third place after racing exposed. The mile rate 1-59.1.
15th June Tabcorp Park Melton: Greg Bettiol’s home bred 4Y0 Courage Under Fire-Dundee Hanover mare Costly Assassin trained at Great Western by Grant Campbell and driven by wife Kerryn Manning scored in the $10,000 Allied Express Pace Final for C1 class over 2150 metres in a mile rate of 1-57.5. Given a beaut passage from the pole trailing the pacemaker No City Chick, Costly Assassin after easing away from the markers on turning prevailed by a nose from No Alibi along the sprint lane after following the winner throughout. Abstractor (one/three) was third 1.6 metres away.
18th June Bendigo: Fred Crews has enjoyed a great month and another of the team syndications the Art Major - The Waratah colt Mirragon was successful in the 3rd Heat of the Vicbred Super Sires Series for 2Y0 Colts & Geldings over 2150 metres. Trained by Emma Stewart, Mirragon driven by Greg Sugars from gate two on the second line was sent forward to race outside the leader Yejele Hammer and was too strong over the concluding stages, defeating Aishabeach which trailed the pacemaker by 2.5 metres. Star Hunter (three back the markers) was third 1.2 metres back.
20th June Kilmore: Fourbigmen won again for Fred Crews and partners, taking the 1st Heat of the Vicbred Super Series for Three Year Old Colts & Geldings over 2180 metres. Starting from the extreme draw, Fourbigmen settled three back in the moving line as ex-Kiwi Nancys Boy led after flying away from gate six. Going forward to park outside the leader at the bell, Fourbigmen was too tough at the finish, scoring by 2.3 metres in 1-59 over the pacemaker, with Hes An Artist third 8.3 metres away in third place after trailing the leader.
Ian Kitchin’s home bred Sportswriter - Way Mya Macray filly Larajay Macray raced in partnership with trainer Jess Tubbs, captured the 2nd Heat of the Vicbred Super Series over 2180 metres. Driven by Greg Sugars, Larajay Macray led out from gate four, with Sugars electing to take a trail on the in-form Vena May to enjoy the run of the race. Using the sprint lane after a two horse war in the straight, Larajay Macray prevailed by a head in a mile rate of 2-00.7. Mona Mia held down third 11.8 metres back after racing in the open throughout.
23rd June Warragul: There were smiles all round after 3Y0 Art Major - Sahara Miss gelding Sahara Tiger raced by Peter Watkinson, Bruce Paul, Peter Hornsby and Dale Monteith in partnership with other syndicate members scored in the 2210 C3 & C4 class $10,000 Roly Thompson Memorial Traralgon Pacing Cup. Trailned locally at Drouin by Gary & Debbie Quinlan, Sahara Tiger with Chris Alford driving was quickly away from inside the second line to settle mid-field in the moving line as Damitsam led from the pole. Sprinting like a gazelle three wide in the last lap, Sahara Tiger dashed to the front approaching the final bend to register a 12 metre margin in 1-56.6 over a game Blissful Stride which raced exposed. The Gingerbreadman ran home late from the rear to be third 2.1 metres away.
24th June Maryborough: Kevin Riseley’s Dizzysjet (Patrick Ryn/David Moran) chalked up another victory by taking the 3rd Heat of the Vicbred Super Series for Two Year Old Trotting Filles over 2190 metres. Given the run of the race one/one from gate four as Roblen Dancer led, Dizzysjet coasted to the wire 5.4 metres in advance of Illawong Stardust who’s effort was outstanding after galloping away and settling five back the markers. Im Ready Jet was third 5.4 metres away after trailing the leader and making use of the sprint lane. The mile rate 2-05.8.
26th June Geelong: Kevin Risely/Patrick Ryan and David Moran combined to land the 2nd Heat of the Vicbred Super Series for 3Y0 Trotting Colts & Geldings over 2100 metres with All The Muscles, a home bred colt by Muscle Hill - Fullonluck. Retaining the lead from the pole, Im All Muscles just lasted by a nose in a thrilling finish from Scruffy Doolan (one/one) and Dream Master who was a half head away in third place after racing wide for the final circuit. The winner returning a mile rate of 2-02.4.
30th June Bendigo: Former President Bill Hutchison, Rob Molloy and Robert Blanche plus a host of other syndicate members, were victorious with 6Y0 Bacardi Lindy - Cloud Chaser gelding Cruisin Around who returned to form by taking the DJA DJA Wurrung Trotters Cup for T5 or better class over 2150 metres. Now in the care of Brent Lilley, Cruisin Around driven by Chris Alford led throughout from gate four, accounting for Illawong Armstrong (one/three) by an easy 10.8 metre margin in a rate of 1-59.6, with Spud (one/two) a half neck away in third place.
Phil Walshe and Peter Judd’s imported Yankee Glide - Fashion Tango mare Argentine Tango put her best foot forward to land the Wangarra (Red Stringybark) Trotters Mobile over 2150 metres at the meeting. Trained at Bolinda by Alison Alford, Argentine Tango driven by Chris showed her rivals a clean pair of heels from the pole, running out a 2.3 metre victor over Glenn Conroy’s ultra-consistent Fear Not which raced outside her in a 1-59.7 mile rate. Our Quick Cash was third a neck away after a one/one trip.