Bells Fair Sets New Bathurst 307m Track Record
Written By Kevin Pitstock Monday 20th October 2008
Exciting short-courser Bells Fair smashed the 307 metres track record at Kennerson Park on Saturday. Adding to his already impressive track stats on the Bathurst loam, the son of Collision X Fair Hazard carved out a sensational 17.47 eclipsing Shane’s Conquest’s old mark by .13.
In just eight months of racing the Mark Vella trained Bells Fair has racked up 21 wins from just 36 starts including six from seven over the 307m trip whilst overall he boasts twelve wins and three placings from 17 starts on the track.
At five years and four months of age Mandrake continues on his winning way notching his 45th victory in great fashion on Saturday. The Rob Sharp prepared marvel posted 26.21 in downing his much younger rivals Mearline Ottie and pacemaker Bargero.
Rick Board landed a winning double with litter-mates Gandhi’s heart and Rainy Day. Gandhi’s Heart was never headed in downing his brother Greg’s heavily backed Spring Creek in a slick 26.10. In the next race Rainy Day repeated the effort with a 30.63 gallop in beating Down Draft and Rodrick.
Greg Board didn’t have to wait long before getting back into the winner’s list when Whisky Assassin X Spring Vintage debutante Spring Hurricane scored a hollow 26.21 maiden victory.
In a virtual carbon copy performance of the previous week Tracey Turnbull led in a winning double also with the same two greyhounds, Miss Thailand and Wicker Man. Miss Thailand looked a special and delivered the goods with a 18.18 win over Ultra Lonesome and Scandalous Miss. Later in the day Wicker Man made it three from four with a strong 17.90 success from Tadmore Shooter and Peggy’s Choice.
Earl Anderson has enjoyed a stellar year in 2008, mainly through the deeds of Merleen, claimed the Harcourts Real Estate Mixed Final with the roughie of the field Big Toll who led throughout to defeat Aye Oh Kay and Privateer.
The nicely bred Dondus (Gable Lafourche X Pay The Danes) gave his rivals a galloping lesson in the opening event to register a 17.98 maiden victory on debut for Londonderry mentor Lee Codd.
The Trevor Jones trained Malstyle stepped up to the 618 metres with aplomb holding off the fast finishing Kara’s Princess to score by three quarters of a length in 36.67.
After looking no chance on the home turn Draco claimed an unlikely 31.09 over Talevero to give Spring Terrace conditioner Shannon Kirby a monstrous lead in the local trainer’s premiership which ends on November 30.
Jan Hodges’ Forest Storm burst back into the winner’s circle with an all the way 26.34 display to hold off Goldie’s Gift and Moonlit Hideaway.