Samantha causes ‘major’ upset

12 / 09 / 2017 Article by: Shane Yates
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The 2017/18 Launceston Pacing Club season kicked off with a tremendous card of racing on Sunday night at the Luxbet Racing Centre.

Wade Rattray made a lightning move across the face of the field from the outside draw in the opening race on the nine-event programme taking Karalata Kruise to the head of the field in the run to the first corner.

Wade dictated terms on top, allowing the talented Mcardle – Elegant Outlook four-year-old gelding to score a comfortable victory at double figure odds.

Leading trainer Ben Yole and concession driver Samantha Gangell combined to score their second win in as many weeks with Regal Major.

Despite showing great courage to defeat Lockaway Kacie in Hobart, Regal Major ($25.90) was friendless in the betting, but that failed to stop the five-year-old surging to the lead half way down the home stretch.

Sultan Fella stormed down the outside of the track for trainer-driver Paul Ashwood, clinching its 13th victory from 40 starts.

Sultan Fella settled last over the 1680-metre trip and commenced its run three-wide at the half-mile, before taking off four wide at the 400, overhauling the leaders half way down the home running.

The Deborah Williams-trained mare Olwen Jaccka made it back-to-back wins at the track with a stirring victory over another last start winner Hear The Call.

Ricky Duggan made his race winning move at the 800-metre mark, going up out three-wide and putting her main danger Hear The Call in a pocket.

Gareth Rattray drove a magical race with Another Swinger, taking the eight-year-old off the arm from the widest draw on the front line and snagging it back to last before threading its way through the field to gain the judge’s nod by a half head.

Rattray was back in the winner’s circle in race six bringing the Shelley Barnes-trained Safari Rose from third last at the bell and four wide on the home corner to win by a half neck.

Not to be outdone Todd Rattray stepped up to the plate steering home a race-to-race double with last start winner Full Speed Ahead scoring a powerful victory and a sensational debut from three-year-old filly Bremusa, a half sister to Easter Cup winner Pachacuti, recording a slashing 1:59.2 mile rate.

Im Barney Rubble made it four on the trot with a barnstorming finish to snatch the Claimer with Rohan Hillier lifting the ten-year-old over the line.

Watch Ricky Duggan mastermind Olwen Jaccka’s victory in race four at Launceston on Sunday

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