Bridie Hanover and Bernice Okane dominated the finals of the recent Barooga Sports Club Pace and Plate over their more fancied rivals.
Just one favourite, American Rock reined by Nathan Jack for well-known Avenel owner Jack Knight, saluted on the eight-event card.
The Greg Albert-trained-and-driven Master Mach Manus saluted in a brilliant win in the Cobram Legacy Pace for Echuca’s Norm and Joan Visca.
The win sent a signal to punters that upsets could well be the order of the day after putting value on the early quaddie which paid $12643.
The theme continued in the $9000 Barooga Sports Club Pace Final when ecstatic Shepparton trainer/driver Dean Chandler upstaged the more fancied runners with Bridie Hanover to chalk up the seven-year-old mare’s first career win at odds of 24-1.
Likewise Norong trainer/driver Mark Buckingham snatched the $9000 Barooga Sports Club Plate for Cobram East owner Bernie O’Kane with Bernice Okane over the Riverina favourite Lorimermara.
It was once again at juicy odds for punters brave enough to take the 20-1 chance after the five-year-old mare’s promising performance in the heat on Melbourne Cup Day.
A grand old campaigner, the ever-reliable Lights And Music with Monique Burnett in the sulky, saluted in the Soldier Settlers Pace for Nanneella owner/trainer Colin Godden at great odds to add to the punters’ pain.
A Special Dream, reined by young concession reinsman Darby McGuigan, greeted the judge to score a popular win at nice odds for Shepparton owners Lorraine Duffy and Bryan Johnstone in a thrilling finish with the Benalla-trained long shot, Frosty Star.
Earlier in the afternoon, yet another outsider, Cuzco, superbly reined by Rebecca Bartley, chalked up the six-year-old mare’s second career win in the Cliff Robinson Celebration Trot.
The Robinson family was trackside to celebrate the occasion and present the beautiful trophy to trainer Stephen O’Donoghue.
Plans are now well under way for the club’s premier event, the Jim Phillips Memorial Cobram Pacing Cup and the CMCU Cobram Trotters Cup on Sunday, January 7. Further details will appear in later editions of the Cobram Courier.