Shepparton trainer Russell Jack has made a successful foray over the border, winning three races during the Leeton MIA Breeders Plate carnival.GUS UNDERWOOD January 10, 2014 4:15am
It’s usually a case of Riverina horsemen crossing the Murray River trying to take some of the Victorian spoils, but during the festive season the situation was reversed.
Shepparton trainer Russell Jack took two pacers to the annual Leeton MIA Breeders Plate carnival — and they both saluted, one of them twice.
At the December 28 meeting, Jack drove the Saab four-year-old Well To Do Lombo to a win in a heat to qualify for the final on New Year’s night.
At the New Year’s night meeting, he took the well performed Tezz Khora along for company for Well To Do Lombo and piloted by Jack’s son, Nathan, both pacers were winners.
Both were also at prohibited odds and paid $1.40 on the tote, but both races carried $10
By the ill-fated Kenneth J, Tezz Khora won the Three-Year-Old Challenge in a top training feat as the pacer was having his first hit-out since July.
It also brought up a hat-trick of wins as Tezz Khora had won at Warragul and Cobram at his past two outings as a two-year-old before going for a lengthy spell.
In winning, Well To Do Lombo completed two wins on the track within four days.
Jack said the win of Well To Do Lombo in the heat was particularly satisfying as the pacer was at least at a backable price .
‘‘Maybe it (the price) had something to do with the driver on that night,’’ he said with a grin, referring to the fact he had driven the pacer to the heat win and not Nathan.
Bartley drove the Phillip Maguire-trained Hereux Homme to victory at juicy odds in the $10
Bartley also reined the Steve O’Donoghue-trained Arioso to victory on Tuesday night at Shepparton to end a run of outs for that pacer.
The four-year-old daughter of Christian Cullen had been out of the winners’ stall for 24 starts prior to the win, but with four thirds in her previous six runs before Tuesday night, it was certainly a well-deserved win.
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Driven by Phillip Maguire, Rich Virgin scored an all-the-way win, rating a slick 1:58.6 for the 1748
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