Locally trained pacer Elteearr was the medium of heavy support when victorious at Melton on Monday afternoon. Punters rallied behind the pacer, whose fixed odds quote of $8.50 more than halved at the jump, and Elteearr did the rest winning convincingly after leading throughout.
Trained by Charlie Wootton and driven by leading reinsman Anthony Butt, Elteearr was a winner at Cranbourne two starts back before being placed at Melton at her most recent assignment as a beaten favourite.
The daughter of Village Jasper and Penny Gal bounced back to her best on Monday and produced a dominant display to win in a mile rate of 1:58:5 from the talented pair Ravello Rock and Flight Officer.
As Wootton explained, “She doesn’t always settle well when she lobs outside the leader in her races and I thought her run at Melton was ok. She seems to go better in front and when she found the lead on Monday I was pretty confident.”
Monday’s win came in a heat of a provincial race for C1 only pacers which culminates in a $7,000 final at Headquarters on Saturday night (8 July). Elteearr will be joined by stablemate Madison Louise who will start from the coveted pole position.
Elteearr’s win was the 34th this season for horses trained at the Cranbourne Training Centre.
The Centre enjoyed a break-out season in 2015/16 recording 53 wins and, whilst that target seems out of reach this year, a host of locals look set to add their names to this year’s honour roll over the next two months.
No less than ten individual runners from the Centre will line up on Sunday night when racing returns to Cranbourne. Fairest Fella for Michael Hughes and Magic Impact for Simone Walker both look to have strong each way chances in the first race, while hobbyist Jon Stephens will be hoping Fowsands can give a good account of himself in what looks to be a winnable race three on the card.
Kira Jo, Danman and Little Bit Sassy will all fly the flag for the Centre in race six and will have their admirers. And maiden three-year-old Forest Force is not without a chance in the final race on the program after some promising recent efforts.
By David Scott
Photo: Tabcorp Park Melton