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District trainers prevail at Echuca harness

Echuca trainer Faye McEwan enjoyed a second win in a row with gelding Pieces Of A Dream.

February 25, 2013 4:16am

Yerrington Bob won race one on Thursday. Photo: Geoff Durn

At Echuca’s harness meeting on Thursday, Merrigum trainer/driver Brett Bunfield was successful with gelding Yerrington Bob in the Dinki Di Houseboats three-year-old pace over 2160m, leading throughout from gate two in accounting for Shez A Spy (three back the markers) and Kamwood Dawn (one/three – three wide last lap) in a rate of 2:03.7.

Kyabram trainer Tom O’Shea’s eight-year-old gelding Macuenroad won the Dorrie Schmedje Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2530m.

Driven by Nathan Jack, Macuenroad settled three back in the moving line after starting from the 30m mark, moving to be outside the leader Maori Vacation also from 30m in the final lap.

With the pair going head and head on turning, Macuenroad prevailed by a nose in 2:06.9, with Robbie Zuve third after trailing the runner-up.

Undera trainer/driver Paul Dunn has six-year-old mare Iamnotabindi racing in peak form and landed the Leigh Kent Memorial Pace for C3 and C4 class over 2160m.

Trapped wide from gate five, Iamnotabindi was taken back at the start to be near last on settling, before moving forward when the pace slowed to park outside the heavily backed leader All About Art.

Surging past the pacemaker in the last lap, Iamnotabindi outstayed her rivals to register a 1.4m victory over Giveusagrin, which followed her home after death-seating from gate two before gaining cover at the bell.

Sly Fantasy finished third after trailing the weakening leader. The mile rate 2:01.9.

Echuca trainer Faye McEwan brought up two wins in succession with seven-year-old gelding Pieces Of A Dream in the Alabar Echuca Pacing Cup pacers handicap for C1 or better class over 2130m.

Taking a concession for Zac Phillips, Pieces Of A Dream possied three back in the running line after starting from the 10m mark.

Set alight three wide in the final circuit, Pieces Of A Dream ran home strongly to defeat a death-seating Laughing Holme by 4m in 2:03.2, with Satisfied Grin (one/one) third.

Kangaroo Flat trainer Tim Mannix would have been delighted when Kiwi bred four-year-old gelding Stormy Tara greeted the judge in the Christies Welding Services Pace for C0 class over 2160m.

Driven by Leigh Sutton, Stormy Tara from gate four on the second line spent most of the race mid-field in the moving line, before trailing Sudden Smile home three wide from the bell.

Taken four wide in the last lap, Stormy Tara proved to be too strong at the finish for a death-seating Magic Ace and Shanira which led in a rate of 2:05.4.

It was Stormy Tara’s first victory since crossing the Tasman late last year.

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