Shepparton trainer Russell Jack and his reinsman son Nathan enjoyed a big day at the St Arnaud Cup meeting last Sunday.
The Jacks cleaned up the trotters cup with Shared Interest and made it successive wins on the card when Grand Anse saluted in a C2-C3 class event.
Nathan then made it a driving treble at the meeting when he partnered Magestic Prince to win the final race on the card.
Shared Interest had his biggest pay day since running second to Eljaykay Phoenix in the Breeders Crown two-year-old trotting colts and geldings final in August 2014.
Nathan Jack took full advantage of the Angus Hall five-year-old’s frontline barrier draw, taking up the early running and never being seriously challenged from then on over the marathon 2520m trip.
After a long injury-enforced stint on the sidelines, Shared Interest is rebuilding an impressive resume with eight wins and nine second placings from his 21 starts.
Grand Anse made it four wins in his past seven starts with his win after another perfect Nathan Jack drive.
A five-year-old daughter of Mach Three, Grand Anse has also been a consistent money earner for the Jacks with seven wins and five placings from her 28 starts.
Nathan Jack made it three wins for the day when he landed four-year-old Magestic Prince a win in the last race for C1 only class pacers.
Magestic Prince is trained by Amanda Turnbull and was a Ballarat winner in 1:55.7 three starts previously. By Village Jolt, he has won three of his 18 starts with five minor placings.
Nathan Jack’s good week continued at Maryborough on Wednesday when he partnered the Wayne Potter-trained Lettucefirestar to his sixth win in his past 10 starts. There have also been two seconds and a third in those 10 starts.
The first Victorian race of the season for two-year-old trotters at Maryborough last week threw up a wide breeding result stallion-wise.
The winner, the Nicole Molander-trained One Muscle Hill, is by premier sire Muscle Hill. The second placegetter Woblee is by Down Under Muscles and third placegetter Aldebaran Pete is by Skyvalley.
Euroa horseman David Jack had the fourth horse home in Princess Mila, who is by Majestic Son.
Louey Louey Louey, a son of CR Commando from the former champion racemare La Coocaracha, had two runners in the race for Brett Shipway with one of them, Bebubbalouie, finishing fifth and stablemate Di Li sixth.
One Muscle Hill produced a mile rate of 2:06.1 for the 1609m trip under the standing start conditions, which was commendable, but less than 10m separated the first five placegetters.
The other two runners in the race were by Yankee Spider and Danny Bouchea.
Five-year-old Skyvalley mare Aldebaran Midnite is certainly a consistent trotting mare.
When she saluted at Echuca on Tuesday night it took her record to six wins, 10 seconds, seven thirds and six fourth placings from 48 starts — that is a top-four placing in every second start she has had.
Veteran trainer-driver Neville Welsh worked Aldebaran Midnite to the front just after barrier rise and in the run to the judge she just held off a game challenge from the improving Graham Lyon-trained and Damien Wilson-driven mare Liava, who had sat on her back during the race.
Aldebaran Midnite’s mile rating of 2:05.3 for the 2130m trip under the standing start conditions was creditable, given her personal best winning time of 2:03.7 was achieved as a three-year-old in a Need For Speed heat at Maryborough over the 1609m trip from the mobile.
Handy mare Eliska ended a run of outs from the winners circle in C1 events when she saluted via the sprint lane at Echuca on Tuesday night.
The Doc Wilson-trained and driven seven-year-old daughter of Our Sir Vancelot’s previous win was at Swan Hill in December 2015, which was 20 starts ago.
But some recent close-up finishes persuaded punters to support her into a $3.70 favourite in a wide betting race and once she settled on the back of pacemaker Allys Comet, she was always going to be hard to beat.
Her winning mile rate was a leisurely 2:04.3 for the 2160m mobile trip, but a 28.8 last quarter resulted in her eighth win from 96 starts with 16 minor placings and more than $44000 in prize money.
Playing his Roll
Euroa pacer Roll One Over was rewarded for his consistency when he broke through for his second career win at Echuca on Tuesday night.
Bred by Euroa horsemen Cameron Maggs and David Jack and trained and driven by Maggs, Roll One Over has had 13 top-five finishes from 20 starts.
She has won two races and been placed second on five occasions and third twice.
A three-year-old colt by top deceased sire Rocknhanover, Roll One Over also has some stout breeding on his maternal side with his second dam, the Classic Garry mare Saabella, a winner of 17 races between Victoria and Western Australia.
Roll One Over beat the Mark Thompson-trained Ruthless Armbro and the Mal Whiteford-trained and driven Kamwood Izzy in a district trifecta.
Artizz winner at last
Trainer-driver Gary Payne kept the winners coming for Kyabram horsemen when he saluted with the well-bred mare Artizz at Echuca on Tuesday night.
Artizz notched her maiden win, albeit only just, when he claimed the four-year-old and older CO only race that concluded the nine-event card.
While it was Artizz’s 18th trip to the races, which had previously produced just the two minor placings, there have been plenty of signs she has her share of ability.
Payne pulled the right rein in electing to drive Artizz as he also had Kadaminy, who was partnered by Simon Turnbull, in the race.
Artizz is a well-bred four-year-old mare by Art Major out of the Live Or Die mare Hope To Live, who was a winner of 10 races.
Payne is one of 31 paid up trainers using the Kyabram Harness Racing Club complex facilities, which has produced a host of winners in recent months.
Four-year-old Art Colony gelding Lighting Colony provided Avenel reinsman Mitchell Frost with his second win in Victoria when he claimed the C2-C3 class race at Echuca on Tuesday night.
Frost has driven several winners in NSW, but his only other winner in Victoria was for Stanhope horseman Gary Pekin.
The Wayne Potter-trained Lighting Colony won in a photo finish from the Col Godden-trained Lights And Music, who made a late but unsuccessful lunge at the finishing line to nab the winner after parking on his back during the run.
Frost steered Lighting Colony straight to the front from his barrier five front row draw and the win continued the consistent form of the gelding.
In his past seven starts Lighting Colony has chalked up three wins, a second and three thirds, so no-one could begrudge the victory, the ninth of the gelding’s 32-start career. There have also been eight minor placings.
Lighting Colony is out of the Walton Hanover mare Lorna Kelly, a winner of 12 races.
More Maori magic
You can’t do much better than what Seymour trotter Maori Law is doing at the moment.
Another win at Ballarat last week takes his record to nine wins from 11 starts for trainer Bill Morgan.
His latest win, courtesy of a masterful drive by Gavin Lang in a small field, shad Maori Law claim the scalp of Breeders Crown winner Cruisin Around.
‘‘He’s done a really good job. He’s only doing what he has to do to win at the moment, and Gavin (Lang) never pulled the plugs, but just had to wake him up a bit late when the other one was running on,’’ Morgan said.
‘‘That’s a bit of the driver factor, too. Gavin just does what he has to do to win and doesn’t knock them around too much.’’
Morgan said the Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series was the aim for Maori Law long-term, and added the fact he remained a metropolitan maiden meant there were plenty of race options on the radar.
Lenny on rich list
Kilmore Cup-bound Lennytheshark’s win in the recent 50th Miracle Mile elevated him to the richest Australian-bred entire.
With 32 wins and 24 placings from 61 starts, Lennytheshark stretched his bankroll to $2560890, which takes him to the highest earning entire in Australasia, passing New Zealand’s Terror To Love for the Southern Hemisphere title and Shakamaker for the Australian crown.
Former champion Blacks A Fake — an Australian-bred gelding — heads the all-comers list with earnings of $4575456.
Lennytheshark is second behind Blacks A Fake as the top Australian-bred earner, followed closely by Victorian-bred Smolda with earnings of $2407238.
Top 10 Australian-bred earners:
Blacks A Fake (gelding) $4575456.
Lennytheshark (stallion) $2560890.
Smolda (gelding) $2407238.
Shakamaker (stallion) $2229634.
Beautide (gelding) $2183132.
Westburn Grant (stallion) $2074916.
Flashing Red (stallion) $2000502.
Be Good Johnny (gelding) $1671405.
Bling It On (stallion) $1590831.
Lombo Pocket Watch (stallion) $1522638.
Class drop suits
Avenel reinswoman Kima Frenning partnered the well-named Anybeach Anywhere to an impressive win at Maryborough on Wednesday.
Coming off unsuccessfully contesting a heat of the NSW Oaks, the Vince Vallelonga-trained Anybeach Anywhere made it three wins from six starts with her win in which she got no favours, but showed plenty of ticker.
She rated 1:56.3 for 1690m trip from the mobile, which was a personal best.
Frenning was not the only local to savour success at Maryborough, with Wahring horseman Daniel Jack also enjoying a win on an interstate raider.
Jack partnered the former Victorian pacer Pharisee to win a T1 only trotters race for Menangle trainer Kerryann Turner.
A four-year-old by Christian Cullen stallion Gotta Go Collect, Pharisee had three unplaced starts for Victorian trainer David Miles as a pacer midway through last year, but has had some winning trial form as a trotter at Menangle in recent weeks.
Parisee’s dam Bay Torrent is by Sports Town and was a good trotter who won 12 races and was placed another 20 times in 81 starts.
Chasing the $7000 Vicbred bonus for his maiden win, he gave a flawless display over the 1690m trip, returning an impressive mile rate of 1:58.6 in running away from his rivals in a performance that suggested he is more than just handy.
Shepparton Harness Racing Club stages a night meeting on Thursday, while its the Wangaratta Pacing Cup meeting on Sunday in the twilight zone.
Today: Bendigo (n).
Saturday: Melton (n).
Sunday: Birchip (d), Wangaratta Cup meeting (t).
Monday: Horsham (d).
Tuesday: Ballarat (n).
Wednesday: Warragul (d), Mildura (n).
Thursday: Maryborough (d), Shepparton (n).
- Gus Underwood