Exciting local pacer Dansbro looks headed for metropolitan grade racing after his success in the $10,000 Mernda Retirement Village Pace for C2-C3 assessed horses at Melton on Saturday night.
Brilliantly handled by leading reinsman Greg Sugars, the son of Elsu and Ritzy Emm settled outside the leader from his front row draw and always looked the horse to beat in running. Sugars effectively controlled the tempo of the race throughout and really only quickened from the 600-metre mark making it virtually impossible for anything to challenge from back in the field.
On the line Dansbro scored by a long neck from the outsider Dearest, who was given every possible chance in front by Chris Alford, with Our Sportscaster running on late to fill third without ever looking a danger to the winner.
Cranbourne trainer Rick Cashman was understandably delighted with the win which came just eight days after an earlier success at Shepparton.
“The horse went really well tonight. He’s always been a bit of a handful and his manners haven’t been great in the past but I think we’re getting there. I’ve changed a little bit of gear over the past couple of weeks and Greg said he drove much better tonight,” Cashman explained.
“He might also be a bit tougher this time in and so fingers crossed he goes on from here.”
Dansbro has built an impressive record for Cashman and his co-owners since making a late start onto the race track at the end of his four-year-old season. To date he has recorded five wins from just 11 lifetime starts for almost a 50% winning ratio and provided he stays sound should progress quickly through the country grades.
Dansbro’s next assignment looks likely to be a C3-C4 mobile start event over 2,200 metres at Ballarat on Wednesday 16 October.
By David Scott
Photo: Stuart McCormick (Raceday Photos)