Local four-year-old mare All Major was a popular winner of the Woodlands Stud Pace at Cranbourne on Sunday afternoon. All Major led from start to finish to give the Harrington family their first win with the mare since purchasing her as a lightly raced three-year-old earlier this year.
Trained by popular Cranbourne South identity Derek Harrington and driven by in-form reinsman Rodney Petroff, All Major punched through from her inside draw to lead comfortably going into the first turn. From there Petroff simply let the mare bowl along at a solid tempo and it was apparent running off the back straight the final time that the daughter of Art Major had plenty to give.
All Major ran to the line a comfortable three metre winner from the well-supported favourite Shadow Style with Saviour Claire running into third.
Despite his recent run of success, Petroff clearly enjoyed the win.
“Gee they’re about the happiest group of owners I’ve had in a long time. Everybody got about for a photo after the race” Petroff said. “And the way she went today they might not have to wait too long for another win.”
Later in the day, Mygoldengrinner ran right up to his recent good form with a powerful win in the Seelite Windows & Doors Pace.
Owned and trained by Iona horseman Michael Hughes, Mygoldengrinner was restrained toward the tail of the field after the start of the 1,609 metre event before making a bold move to run to the top with a lap to travel. The five-year-old dug deep in the home stretch to hold off Heza Cracker and Madison Louise in a slick 1:56:8 mile rate.
Racing returns to Cranbourne next Sunday 7 October when the club hosts its very popoular Ageing Positively raceday. With over 400 dining patrons booked in for the afternoon the Club can look forward to another successful meeting leading in to the Cranbourne Pacing Cup on Saturday 27 October.
By David Scott
Photo: Claire Weston Photography