Early charge seals victory

February 01, 2018

Smart Cobram-owned trotting mare Forestspider gave owner Charlie Ewert one of his biggest thrills in the sport when she ran her rivals ragged in the $12000 Wangaratta Trotters Cup at last week’s meeting.

With a solid getaway off the front line, Forestspider took up the front running early and never looked like being run down over the challenging 2615m trip.

The well-fancied Crown Dream, who galloped at the start, and the favourite Sky Majestic, who were both handicapped off 10m, filled the minor placings without ever seriously troubling the winner.

The win proved to be Forestspider’s second biggest pay day, with the winner’s cheque worth $6840.

Only in one other start, the Boort Trotters Cup last year when the race was worth $9450 to winning connections, has been more profitable.

A model of consistency, Forestspider now has had 72 starts for 12 wins, 11 seconds and 11 thirds and her prizemoney earnings are now more than $85000.

The horse was bred and raced by Cobram Harness Racing Club president Ewert.

He said it was a special win as he also had ownership in Forestspider’s sire, Yankee Spider, who stands at Niota Stud, Girgarre.

Forestspider is trained at Henty by Grant Forest and to avoid travelling long distances to compete in races against her own gait often races the pacers in the Riverina area.

In fact, her most recent win was against the pacers at a Coolamon meeting on November 5, when she beat a field of CO Only class pacers.

Cobram Harness Racing Club is gearing up for another big meeting on Monday.

With weather conditions expected to be about 30°C, officials are looking for another healthy crowd to be on track to witness what should be another exciting day’s racing.

One of the highlights will be the running of the George Croxford Tribute.

The $25000 race is hosted every four years by the Cobram club and attracts some of Victoria’s best three-year-old pacers and Monday’s race won’t be an exception.

The race is to honour former Benalla harness racing stalwart and president of the Wangaratta Harness Racing Club, the late George Croxford.

A heat or heats of the lucrative Vicbred Platinum Country Series for C1 Only four-year-olds or older will also feature on the program.

Nominations for the meeting close today at noon and fields will be available at 10.30am tomorrow.

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