TERANG Harness Racing Club hosted its first event of the calendar year last Wednesday night.
Dalvui Raceway came to life for an eight race program, as two favourites opened proceedings with victories.
Jason Lee drove short priced fancy Our Summer Wind to success in the Terang Co-Op Pace, winning by a head from local runner The Big Show.
It was a Terang trifecta in the opening heat of the Reid Stockfeeds Pace, as the Matthew Craven trained and driven Shanway saluted ahead of Margaret Lee’s Jilliby Tango and Jilliby Navajo, driven respectively by Jason Lee and Glen Craven.
A pair of rank outsiders tasted success in the two trotting events slated on the night’s card.
Someones Singing, for trainer Phillip Giles and driver Tina Ridis, won the Directwear Workwear Trotters Handicap by five and a half lengths from Courtney Slater’s firm pre-race favourite Fremarksrooster, driven by Glen Craven, while another local runner Flippin Issy rounded out the placings
Xavier O’Connor then enjoyed a clear run off the home turn with Eoghan Omaille to overrun Keayang Majestic for an upset win in the Barastoc Trotters Handicap.
Bad Boy Shadow shot up the inside of Hollywood Jack to claim the VHRSC Pace by a half neck, while a trio of trainer-driver combinations collected wins on the second half of the card, as My Harmony Blue (Matthew Craven), Rupert Of Lincoln (Kerryn Manning) and A Fair Ol Dance (Michael Stanley) all saluted.
Race one – 1st Our Summer Wind (trainer Tim Bolitho, driver Jason Lee) $1.50 favourite, 2nd The Big Show (Jeff McLean, Tim McLean), 3rd Hot Breakfast (Mal Phillips, Kerryn Manning).
Race two – 1st Shanway (Matthew Craven, Matthew Craven) $1.30 favourite, 2nd Jilliby Tango (Margaret Lee, Jason Lee), 3rd Jilliby Navajo (Margaret Lee, Glen Craven).
Race three – 1st Someones Singing (Phillip Giles, Tina Ridis) $37.20, 2nd Fremarksrooster (Courtney Slater, Glen Craven), 3rd Flippin Issy (Paddy Lee, Jason Lee).
Race four – 1st Bad Boy Shadow (Chris Mifsud, Darren Pace) $6.50, 2nd Hollywood Jack (Jeff McLean, Tim McLean), 3rd Flaming Lucky (Barry Ainsworth, Jason Ainsworth).
Race five – 1st My Harmony Blue (Matthew Craven, Matthew Craven) $2.10, 2nd Queen Shenandoah (Kerryn Manning, Kerryn Manning), 3rd Ima Showgirl (David Murphy, David Murphy).
Race six – 1st Rupert Of Lincoln (Kerryn Manning, Kerryn Manning) $1.60 favourite, 2nd Jilliby Mako (Jeff McLean, Tim McLean), 3rd Iam Erik (David Drury, David Drury).
Race seven – 1st Eoghan Omaille (Daniel Laird, Xavier O’Connor) $43.30, 2nd Keayang Majestic (Paddy Lee, Jason Lee), 3rd Sheriff Brown (Tina Ridis, Tina Ridis).
Race eight – 1st A Fair Ol Dance (Michael Stanley, Michael Stanley) $2.30, 2nd Crime Writer (Matthew Craven, Peter Craven), 3rd Alchemy Rocks (Matthew Craven, Matthew Craven).