The first event of the day saw the square gaiters return to Bankstown in the High Flyer Hotel Trotters Mobile, with the Russell Commens trained Viksun taking honours.
After an early misdemeanour, Rixon tactfully got the six-year-old mare back down and trotting to record a 15.1m victory.
“Viksun recovered good from an early mistake and was able to sprint home well.” Rixon said.
As strong supporters of the trotting gait in NSW, a standing start trotters race has been programmed at every Bankstown meeting throughout May and June, highlighted by the $14,280 Trotters Cup on M.H. Treuer Memorial Day, June 14.
Rixon’s following two winners came courtesy of the Chris Judd trained Light Up Lily and Borders Man, a gelding trained at Bankstown by popular horseman Joe Mauro.
When asked about the victory of Light Up Lily, Will was quick to offer his thoughts on the filly. Will said:
“It was a very exciting win. The horse was strong to the line, and it has a good future ahead of it.”
Borders Man appeared to relish the quick backup from Thursday night, with Rixon complimenting the horse’s racing pattern to get the job done.
“He is a good front running horse that they couldn’t catch on the day.”
The $50,000 Treuer Memorial June 14 Ladyship Pace was nothing short of suspense as the final result was decided in the stewards room. Connections of the second placed Merrywood Lynn lodged a protest against New York Rain NZ (1st) for alleged interference over the final 200m.
Stewards upheld the protest, with the eventual decision going in favour of Merrywood Lynn for the Wayne Dimech and Josh Gallagher combination.
With a rare Monday afternoon meeting at Bankstown passing without a McDowell horse pacing into the winners circle, today was no exception with Bettor Sensation NZ continuing the stable’s good run of form.
Coming from barrier ten, Lleyton Green was able to position the Bettors Delight USA gelding into the one-out-one back position and arrive just in time to claim victory off the short-priced favourite, Mister Armstrong.
In the final race of the day, Andrew Bourke played his cards right with Top The Ace to take the win for the Kevin Pizzuto stable.
Scoring by half a head from Kezzamac, the race was fought down to the line, in a mile rate of 2.00.6 for the 2140m distance.
Our inaugural Trainers Incentive promotion also took place following Race One, with each trainer engaged at the meeting receiving one entry into the draw to take home a $50 fuel voucher.
Congratulations to Carolyn Vernon, Howard James, David Waite, Nathan Goulding and Grant Forrest on being selected in our first draw.
The Trainers Incentive promotion will take place at every Bankstown meeting throughout May and June.
A reminder for trainers that our $50,000 M.H.Treuer Memorial race day will take place on Monday, June 14, with a Trotters Cup and NR Up to 72 Cup both worth $14,280 and a NR Up to 60 Sprint race over the 1225m.
Check out the official $50,000 M.H. Treuer Memorial race program here: http://www.harness.org.au/racing/meeting-program/?mc=BK140621&state=NSW