Locals Cuzin Lyndal and Scootin Around continued a run of success for horses trained from the Cranbourne Training Centre at Cranbourne on Tuesday night with their all-the-way wins in races two and seven on the card.
Trainer Hugh Cathels produced Cuzin Lyndal first up from a six-month absence in great order and the three-year-old filly had little trouble in accounting for her rivals in the Hyland Harness Colours Pace.
The daughter of Courage Under Fire led easily from a wide front row draw, and from there, driver Glenn Hunter was able to set an even tempo through the first half of the race which was run in blustery conditions. Hunter upped the ante in the back straight on the final occasion and Cuzin Lyndal soon had her main rivals struggling to make ground from back in the field. The filly looked the winner turning for home and cruised to the line five metres to the good of Crocrock with Mea Culpa filling third placing.
Cathels is yet to decide on Cuzin Lyndal’s next assignment although heats of the rich Breeders Crown Series at Bendigo on Friday week loom as a possibility. In the mean-time the veterinarian continues to juggle the demands of a busy stud season together with his part-time training activities.
In fact with a couple of youngsters coming through Cathels is looking to trim his current team and so the lightly raced Cuzin Lyndal is on the market. “I normally only do a couple and always struggle at this time of year so she is for sale. She competed in the Vicbred Super Series Final at two and still only has a handicapping rating of 53. And she is a descendant of Star Chaser which makes her a close relative of Safari, Our Maid Marianne and Astronaut among others.”
The Dylan Stratford prepared Scootin Around brought up back-to-back wins with his victory in the Hygain 3YO Trot.
The gelding has been in career-best form since resuming from a spell and his success on Tuesday night was his third win from five runs this time in.
First off the arm, Scootin Around led comfortably for driver Zac Phillips and set a pedestrian pace in the absence of any mid-race pressure from his opposition. Allowed to stride over the final lap, Scootin Around coasted to an easy win over his stablemate Goober, who ruined his chances with a tardy getaway.
Stratford is enjoying his own run of success at the moment and produced a race quinella for the second week running on his home track.
“Eddie (Scootin Around) is going really well and has probably earned himself a shot at the Breeders Crown heats at Maryborough on the 12th of next month. I’m not sure that he’s up to that calibre of opposition but we won’t know if we don’t try. I think he’d certainly be competitive in the Silver race if that’s the way things turn out,” Stratford said.
Training Centre prepared horses actually filled the first four placings in the Hygain 3YO Trot with Captain McCraw filling third placing for trainer Terry Franklin and Whosmemum getting into fourth in an improved effort for her trainer Bill Kucks.
By David Scott