Day At The Track

Double for Sugars at Warragul

12:04 AM 13 Feb 2018 NZDT
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Courageous Call
The field stretched across the track in the race won by Courageous Call (inside rail) on Monday.

Top harness racing driver Greg Sugars drove two of the six winners at Monday's Warragul trots meeting.

The impressive three-year-old pacer Joe Nien, and Bright Shadow were driven to victory by Sugars, who has narrowed the gap between himself and Chris Alford in the race for the Warragul drivers' premiership.

Alford was also in the winners' circle on Monday, when Gippsland pacer Courageous Call scored a narrow victory in a finish where less than three metres separated the first five horses across the line.

The victory was a consolation for the top reinsman, who was lucky to escape injury when Sentimental Life struck trouble in the third event.

The mare choked down and dropped out of the race with a circuit to travel, and crashed to the track as Alford steered the horse to the outside fence.

Connections had a few anxious moments as track officials worked to remove the sulky and gear from Sentimental Life, however the eight-year-old slowly got back up and was taken from the track.

Alford became the first reinsperson to crash during a race at Warragul since the refurbished track was reopened just over three years ago, a good indication of how safe the Pacing Bowl is.

Visiting trainers were in the money on Monday, with Bright Shadow (Allan McDonough), The Loustar (Phillip Walters) and Joelissa (Richard Caruana) all successful.

Monday's meeting was a quiet one on course, however Warragul trots officials anticipate a much larger attendance for the next race meeting, the 60th running of the Warragul Pacing Cup, on Easter Sunday, April 1st.

Kyle Galley

 

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