Three-year-old trotting filly Copacabana recorded her maiden win at Yarra Valley on Wednesday with a bold-front running performance in the IGA Liquor 3YO Trot. Raced by the Cranbourne Club 21 group, Copacabana’s success came at her first outing for the 2021 racing season giving rise to hopes of a promising future for the daughter of Andover Hall.
Once in a while a modest race win for a diehard owner, trainer or driver with a lifetime of passion for harness racing reveals a back story of just how that individual was captivated by our sport and remains so to this day. The success of four-year-old trotter Captain McCraw at Melton on Wednesday afternoon provided one such insight.
Cranbourne based concession reinsman Kyle Costello produced one of the drives of the day to salute aboard Major Mal in the Gippsland Quarries Pace at Warragul on Easter Sunday.
Cranbourne trained open class pacer Bulletproof Boy rounded off his preparation for the upcoming Mildura Cup carnival with a last stride win in the Nutrien Equine Pace at Melton on Saturday night.
Cranbourne based trotter Captain McCraw, Charlie to his friends, held a captive audience at the Cranbourne Harness Training Centre when visited by an enthusiastic group from Living Life Support Services recently.
Cranbourne based trainer Scott Ewen combined with his much-travelled trotter Trouble Giero for an emphatic victory in the Gards Carpentry & Joinery Trot at Shepparton on Sunday night.
A blue-blooded filly who is a full sister to last night’s brilliant Bendigo two-year-old trotting winner Mojito Madness will turn heads at next month’s Nutrien Equine Standardbred Yearling Sale at Oaklands Junction.
When ex-pat Kiwi Dylan Stratford landed at the Cranbourne Training Centre in October 2019 one of the first people to reach out and offer the young trainer his support was local owner Kevin Lee. That faith was repaid at Warragul on Monday afternoon when three-year-old pacer Written Courage convincingly won the Liberty Financial Maiden Pace at just his second lifetime start.
Cranbourne based trainers Dylan Stratford, Scott Ewen and Brad & Kyal Costello were active at last weekend’s yearling sales securing a total of four lots to add to their respective stables.
On-site works to expand the Cranbourne Training Centre are progressing quickly and the Club is hoping to be in a position to welcome new tenants from the end of this month.
This stage of the Centre’s evolution includes 20 new stables/yards to provide permanent overall accommodation for up to 70 horses on course at any one time. The development also includes construction of a new 240m2 work shed to cater for incoming trainers. And four substantial new day paddocks have been introduced to complement existing facilities.