Local trainer Simone Walker and her recent stable addition Magic Impact both seem to be relishing their move to the Cranbourne Training Centre.
Walker, who moved to the Centre at the start of the current season, produced Magic Impact to win the first race on the latest Cranbourne program which was hosted at Melton Sunday night. The win was the five year old gelding's second success from just six starts since joining the Walker stable and the two are developing into a formidable combination.
Drawn outside the second row in his latest assignment, Magic Impact settled one out and four back in the running line after the start. Walker was content to maintain that position before commencing a move at the 1,000 metre mark trailing the Big Bang Raj and race favourite Farrah Fowler in the three wide line.
Magic Impact dropped the bit turning into the back straight the last time and appeared to be struggling as the race tempo quickened. But when Walker angled the horse to the extreme outside turning for home, the son of Courage Under Fire responded bravely and grabbed Farrah Fowler in the shadows of the post to win.
"He's still a funny horse to drive," Walker explained after the race. "He just wanders about at times but when he puts his mind to it he shows that he does have ability."
"I'm thinking of backing him up in heats of a C1 race series back here at Melton on Monday week (3rd July). The series is restricted to horses who have won not more than one race in their last five starts and may not be too strong. I'll be hoping he can make the final and aquit himself well again."
Sunday night's meeting transfer was brought about by an electrical fire at the local venue which rendered the club without power across much of the course and no track lighting for the night fixture.
Cranbourne Harness Racing Club CEO, Neil Bainbridge, is hopeful that the club can conduct its next meeting on Sunday 9th July at the venue.
"The track lighting infrastructure was completely detroyed in an electrical fire in the switchboard room and will need to be replaced," Bainbridge said. "It's likely that will take in the order of eight to ten weeks but the club and HRV are working on a temporary solution that will have us up and running again shortly."
By: David Scott
Photo: Stuart McCormick