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Sulky Shorts with Gus Underwood

By Shepparton News

Avenel trainer David Aiken pulled off a training treble at last Saturday night’s Melton meeting.

Kima Frenning drove the three Aiken winners - Raptors Delight and star three-year-olds Max Delight and Malcoms Rhythm.

Former Kiwi Raptors Delight completed a hat-trick of Australian wins in claiming a 56-66 class pace as a $1.40 favourite.

The Bettors Delight five-year-old had previously won on his Aussie debut at Cobram before scoring at his next start at Kilmore.

He will be trying to make it four wins on the trot when he steps out from a poleline draw at Melton tomorrow night.

Exciting NSW Derby winner Max Delight made it five wins from his last six outings with his 11th win from 21 starts for more than $222 000 in stakemoney.

In a five-horse field Malcolms Rhythm bounced back into the winner’s circle with his first win in 11 starts that included eight placings including six seconds.He has now won seven of his 22 starts with nine minor placings with prizemoney now topping $114 000.

The Aiken-Frenning team also experienced minor success at the Redwood Carnival with star trotter Big Jack Hammer running second in race and track record to the Andy Gath-trained champion Tornado Valley in the Free-For-All at Sunday’s meeting.

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Chris Alford brought up the magical 400 winners in a season driving milestone when he piloted the Emma Stewart-trained Be Happy Mach to win a heat of the Breeders Crown series for two-year-old colts and geldings on Wednesday night at Shepparton.

That is an amazing feat when considered it equates to driving eight winners - more than one a day - every week of the 2018-19 season. 

And there is still three weeks of the season left.

Only one Australian reinsman has bettered Alford’s latest feat – and that’s Alford himself.

Alford went into the Shepparton meeting on 399 winners and it took to race six to reach the 400 winners.

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A couple of veterans combined for a popular win at Shepparton.

Moama horseman Tony Peacock has needed a good tonic or two since a horrific track accident.

And pacer Majdore provided a dose of that tonic at the meeting when the four-year-old Art Major mare scored second up for Peacock after running second at Kilmore in her first appearance in Peacock's colours on July 16.

Formerly trained in NSW, Majdore had won four races with 10 placings before stepping out for Peacock.

Legendary reinsman Brian Gath was in the sulky for the latest win and gave the mare the run of the race behind the pacesetter, the Elmore-trained Karlos before rounding up that pacer via the sprint lane in the drive to the wire.

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Veteran Gillieston horseman Russ Thomson almost pulled off a major upset at The Redwood Carnival last weekend.

The Thomson-trained and Brad Chisolm-driven Dash Of Flair stormed home in a three-year-old trotters race on the opening day of the carnival to miss by a short half-head in getting the verdict over the winner Rave On Hall.

Dash Of Flair was a $109 shot on the tote.

By Bacardi Lindy, Dash Of Flair was having only his second start.

There are plenty of winners in the family with his second dam being the extra smart trotter Fionas Flair, a winner of 14 races, with several of these wins coming when trained by the late John Anderson of Merrigum.

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Rochester horseman Neville Pangrazio flew a lone flag for northern Victorian trainers at the Redwood Carnival.

His victory with the Chris Alford-driven Miranda Maid was the only district-trained winner at the two-meetings all-trotters carnival.

By Muscles Yankee, Miranda Maid brought up her third win from 23 starts.

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Name pacer Roslyn Gaye’s favourite track and you would think her trainer Gary Merkel would have to say Shepparton.

Roslyn Gaye broke a run of 18 outs from the winner’s circle with a win on Wednesday night at Shepparton.

The four-year-old daughter of Artistic Fella’s only other two wins were also on the track.

Roslyn Gaye put the writing on the wall for her latest win when second last week at Echuca.

Chris Svanosio drove Roslyn Gay, a $6.50 chance, to victory over the favourite, the Glenn Freeman-trained Cadillac Rock and the Geoff Martin-trained and Bec Bartley-driven Major Wish in a district trifecta.

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Shepparton trainer Russell Jack lines up talented pacer Three Summas in the $30 000 Alabar Vicbred Championship at Melton tomorrow night.

Three Summas qualified for the final with his game second to the short-priced favourite Nostre Villa last Saturday night.

He hasn’t had any favours in the draw for the engagement and will come from barrier 11 off the second row for reinswoman Kerryn Manning.

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Echuca-trained pacer Dallas Nikolay made it back-to-back wins when he prevailed in a 56-61 class race on Wednesday night at Shepparton.

The six-year-old gelding by Art Official, proved too good for the Stuart Govers-trained and Samatha Govers-driven Ramblenroller, who was going for successive wins on the track, and the Kyabram-trained Some Change in another district trifecta.

It is the eighth time Dallas Nikolay, who was driven by Marikka Ericksson for the first time, has saluted for Mick McMahon, so he has been a good money spinner for connections.

Ericksonn was one of three reinswomen who savoured success at the meeting.

Tatura driver Abbey Turnbull saluted on the Glenn Douglas-trained Kotare Mahdi and Kate Gath won a Breeders Crown heat on the Emma Stewart-trained Pacifico Dream.

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The old fella has done it again.

Rising 12-year-old Just Call Me Earl again showed age is no barrier when he saluted for the second time in as many starts at Shepparton.

The John Newberry-trained and Matt Newberry-driven veteran saluted at his last start at Shepparton on July 28 and repeated the dose on Wednesday night.

He appreciated a front row draw in an all-the-way win, accounting for the Mark Lee-trained and Stacey Towers-driven Nica Macdonon and the consistent Carmel Belot-trained and driven Levina in one of three district trifectas at the meeting.

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They race again at Shepparton on Tuesday night.Meetings coming up:

Today: Mildura (d) Ballarat (n).

Saturday: Melton (n).

Sunday: Cranbourne (t).

Monday: Melton (d).

Tuesday: Shepparton (n).

Wednesday: Ararat (n).

Thursday: Maryborough (d), Ballarat (n).