Day At The Track

Saunders Hoochie takes second leg at Corbiewood

07:32 PM 26 Jun 2018 NZST
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Saunders Hoochie & William Drysdale winning the second leg of the Greentree Standardbreds Mares Pacing Series.
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Killarney Howard & Hugh O'Neil Jnr heading to victory
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It was a birthday celebration in the paddock with Killarney, owner Kareen New and driver (and birthday boy) Hugh O'Neil Jnr Jnr
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Corbiewood, UK - Thursday 21st June saw Corbiewood play host to the second leg of the Greentree Standardbreds Mares' Pacing Series and it was the winner of the first leg, Saunders Hoochie, who ran out a convincing winner in the six horse race.

The mare, who ended a losing streak of 30 runs when winning on her first start for new trainer Cathy Shields on 8th June is now three from three in Scotland and leading not only the table in the mares' series on monies won but also the Equine Products UK Ltd-sponsored leading horse table on points at the track.

It was a case of the winner leading out and making all for driver William Drysdale, with the youngest mare in the series Victoria Camden (Grant Cullen) threatening the leader down the back straight but ultimately not finding enough to pass and finishing second. Reigning champion Dontstoptheparty (Brian Gilvear) was the finishing horse in the race but perhaps lacked racing room in the stretch to finish third.

Another notable winner on the night was the 11-year-old Killarney Howard who scored in the Grade 1 & 2 event for Hugh O'Neil Jnr Jnr who was celebrating his 25th birthday. Having led out and dictated the fractions, the duo were strongly pressed and headed down the back straight for the final time by Imogen Camden (Grant Cullen).

That's Life Again (Ryan Inglis) joined the leading pair as they turned for home for a three horse battle in the stretch which looked to favour the two outside horses, however Killarney Howard dug deep on the rail to get back up and win by a neck from Imogen Camden, with That's Life Again in third half a length behind.

It was a night for old family favourites as Miami Seelster returned to the winner's circle for the first time this year for the Paterson stable in the Grades 2 to 4 pace.

William Greenhorn gave one of the best drives from the front ever witnessed at the track, when leading out from pole position with the betting favourite Tyler Camden (Grant Cullen) behind him throughout.

Greenhorn was conscious of this throughout the race and seemingly endeavoured to keep his main rival in the pocket by setting a pace which ensured that there was a constant challenge to his outside, firstly in the form of Camden Candyman (James Morton) and secondly San Diego (John Allan).

Only when Tyler Camden saw daylight in the final 100 yards of the race did Greenhorn ask his charge for maximum effort and it was sufficient to hold on from the fast finishing runner up. San Diego stayed on for third.

The opening race for maidens and novices combined saw Shake It Up (William Drysdale) put in a much improved performance, leading out and making all until the closing stages of the race.

The runner up in the SHRC 3YO Fillies from the week before, Shebesporty (Gordon Gilvear) came with a late challenge down the home straight and ultimately proved to be too strong for the long-time leader, recording her first win on her third lifetime start. Jennifer Camden (William Greenhorn) had played catch up to a strong pace throughout but ran well to finish third and looks to be a winner waiting to happen in coming weeks.

Lady Mary was an impressive and comfortable winner in the Grades 4 to 11 event when leading out for driver William Drysdale. The mare dictated from on top and eventually won by open lengths from the highest handicapped horse in the race, Robhall (Hugh Menzies).

She has improved her placings with every start this season and now heads to the third leg of the Mares' Pacing Series hoping to give trainer Cathy Shields three from three in the event.

Four horses faced the starter in the final leg of the BHRC & Standardbred Horse Sales Company Star Makers Series to be staged at Corbiewood.

Hawthorns Melinda (Stuart Mackenzie) led out and was strongly pressed throughout by stablemate Ladyford Warrior (William Greenhorn); narrowly headed approaching the final bend with Country Major (William Drysdale) switching three wide to challenge and Dynaramic (Hugh Menzies) diving for an inside path.

There were four horses across the track as they passed the stands but ultimately Hawthorns Melinda held on by a nose to secure her spot in the grand final to be staged on 14th July at Tir Prince.

The next meeting at Corbiewood is Thursday 28th June featuring the third leg of the Greentree Standardbreds Mares' Pacing Series. First race 7.30pm.

by Sarah Thomas, for Harnesslink

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