The Bathurst club joined in the big V8 festivities by staging the Peter Brock Memorial over 520 metres at Kennerson Park on Saturday and the race itself was as keenly contested as the great race itself.
Eiffella Abby took the lead early but by mid-race was hotly pressed by Dance Ona Dime with Flying Mitch unleashing his customary late charge.
As they crossed the line Dance Ona Dime had a half a length to spare over Flying Mitch with Eiffella Abby a further two lengths back in the smart time of 30.21.
Victorious trainer Lee Codd pocketed $500 prizemoney by virtue of the win and was full of praise for his four year old marvel that has made several comebacks from serious injury. He has been very lightly raced in recent times as a result but judging by the strength of Saturday’s win the old stager may well have a few more wins in him yet.
Local lady trainers had a great day out with both Tracey Turnbull and Carolyn Hore leading in winning doubles. Tracey was first to achieve the feat with Miss Thailand and Wicker Man. Miss Thailand led throughout to post a 18.16 maiden success whilst in the next race Wicker Man gave a carbon copy performance in also carrying the 7 rug to victory in 18.22.
The first leg of Carolyn’s double came up when Kara’s Princess surprisingly led around the first corner and was never in doubt thereafter en route to an easy 30.89 win before Straight No Ice notched her seventh win with an all the way 26.20 win in the Team Vodafone/Britek Motorsport Stake.
Bells Fair celebrated his twentieth win in just 8 months of racing when he ran out a convincing 17.78 winner over Boys In Boots and Earllee in the top grade sprint. Trained by Mark Vella at Mount Lambie, Bells Fair has an assailable lead in the Bathurst GOTY award which ends on November 26. During 2008 he has amassed 11 wins on the loam at Bathurst including 5 from 6 over the short-course trip.
Two heats of the Harcourts Real Estate Maiden were decided with the Michael Davis trained Michelle McCool setting the time standard at 26.25 in accounting for Aye Oh Kay and Narcissa. It was great to see Rebecca Maney’s Wannabe Rebel break through in 26.48 defeating Dumped and Big Toll in the first run-off.
How Convenient gave the Bell family reason to celebrate when she was never headed in the last
scoring over Boonz Image and Spill Way in a tidy 26.23.
Cranebrook mentor Frank Attard looked set to quinella the Team Kiwi Racing/Glenford’s Racing Stake as litter-mates Lonesome Light and Pure Light rounded the corner virtually together. In the run to
the line Lonesome Light prevailed from Rainy Day who came again to oust Pure Light from second in 30.73.
Crime Lee notched his fifth win from nine starts over the 307 metre trip with an all the way 17.86 success for Alan Harper of Manduramah.