Ararat trainer Wayne Ferguson and part-owner Bill Campbell will long remember last Friday afternoon's Maryborough meeting as they celebrated a winning double with three-year-old gelding Ghanasuya taking out the 1690-metre pace and stablemate Gottahaveahobby, victorious in the Harness Racing Training Centre Concession Drivers Pace over the same distance.
Starting from the pole, Ghanasuya (Michael Bellman) trailed the leader Sassys A Terror early before being shuffled back mid-race, and dashed through along the sprint lane over the final stages to score by 1.2 metres over Minika (James Herbertson) and Kennys Killer (Ryan Duffy) in a mile rate of 1:59.5.
It was the first win from ten career starts for the son of Mr Feelgood USA and here's hoping there's more in store.
Gottahaveahobbie (Jason Ainsworth) settled mid-field in the moving line from gate six, as Realy Under Fire led out from the pole.
Still a long way back in the last lap, Gottahaveahobby finished with a full head of steam out wide, four metres in advance of All Whitey Then (Kyal Costello) with Sandoval (Sofia Arvidsson).
The mile rate for the 1690-metre journey was 1:57.4.
Gottahaveahobbie was formerly trained by Leroy O'Brien but Ferguson took over official duties last year.
The four-year-old gelded son of Well Said USA has now notched up four wins and nine minors from 24 starts for the Ferguson/Campbell clan.
Daryl Edwards has negotiated a lease arrangement for those interested in joining the Horsham Pacing Syndicate.
New Zealand-bred gelding Kolovos recently arrived at trainer Aaron Dunn's Bungallally stables.
The four-year-old Bettors Delight USA gelding raced in NZ - from 20 starts he recorded two wins and two minor placings with stakes of $18,305.
Kolovos showed plenty of early ability as a two-year-old before losing form during his three-year-old season. He won again at Auckland in November 2019 but in nine starts since was placed just once.
Shares are available in the Horsham Pacing Syndicate ($300-$400, depending on the final number of members) as a one-off payment to cover two years of the lease.
With Kolovos back in work at Dunn's and nearing a return to racing, interested parties should contact Daryl (0428 500194) ASAP so the necessary paperwork can be lodged with HRV.
Great Western horsewoman Kerryn Manning collected yet another country cup trophy when the seven-year-old gelding Pay Rise out-toughed the opposition to take out the Gregg's Electrical Ouyen Pacing Cup on Sunday afternoon.
Drawing the outside of the front line, Pay Rise raced three-wide round the first bend then continued forward to park outside the leader Perspective (Jayden Brewin) with 2000 metres of the race remaining.
The leading duo eased the tempo right down through the middle stages of the race but heading to the bell, driver Ellen Tormey made a move with Brallos Pass to spark up proceedings.
The third quarter clocked at a slick 28.0 seconds and Pay Rise crossed to the lead and booted clear of the pack at the 400-metre mark. From the top of the home stretch, Manning continued to work her charge hard and at the post Pay Rise held a 2.2 metre margin from the fast-finishing Murranji Track (Ross Payne) with Perspective holding on gamely for third.
Manning took over the care of Pay Rise last November when Gavin Lang began chemotherapy for a rare form of lymphoma.
Harness action returns to Ararat's R.T. White Raceway on Thursday night, March 26, for an eight-event card commencing at 6.22pm.
The meeting will be conducted under strict participant and officials-only protocols but fans can still follow it all on HRV's Trots Vision live stream, Sky Channel and the National Racing Radio network. WMT readers will find full fields, form guide and punting plan at www.harness.org.au
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