Young one is no Passenger

Portrait of bride and groom by church
Portrait of bride and groom by church

Having his first start for trainer Gary Elson, who also owns the horse, Time Passenger won the start in the 2130m event and led from barrier three.

Once in front, Young was able to get away with a sedate 64.2 sec first 800m sectional.

From that moment on it was always going to be tough for his rivals, as he was able to get away in the home straight and win easily, running home the last 400m in a quick 28.0 secs.

Victory was a reward for consistency, as the horse has now won four of his nine career starts and been placed on a further four occasions.

Having his fourth run back from a two-and-a-half month spell, Time Passenger, following the Gloucester Park win, has now won three of his past four starts.

‘He is a big lumbering fellow who always does his best,’ said Young, who formerly trained the son of Grinfromeartoear.

Last night, Time Passenger had drawn inside the backline in the North Eastern Derby that was to be run during the York Club meeting at Burwood Park, Northam.

Drawn ideally in barrier two, the eight-year-old settled on the back of the leader Michael Mockridge before his driver Dean Miller got him off the pegs at the 300m point.

Meanwhile the $1.30 favourite Ima Rocket Star had gone to the front and looked all over the winner before Cometao inch by inch clawed at Ima Rocket Star to get up in the final bound to win by a head.

Last Tuesday’s win took his stake earnings past $50,000 to $53,035.

His previous win was at Narrogin on February 7.

The daughter of Live Or Die led throughout and though seriously challenged by Yank My Belle, Nellie Babe, after running a very slow 66.6 secs first 800m sectional was able to go on and win by two lengths.

It was only her second race start.

Nellie Babe was heavily supported on the tote firming from $6 into $3.50.

Driven by the in-form Chris Voak, Ardens Southee came off a 30m handicap.

In a pre-emptive strike, Voak took off three wide after 400m of the 2636m event and surged around the field to take up the lead with 2000 metres to travel.

Busily driven out in the home straight, Ardens Southee was able to hold the late surge of Lord Aviator to win by a neck.

The son of Bettors Delight won two starts prior at Harvey and took his stake earnings to $73,038 in the process.

The eight-event card will be highlighted by the running of the $20,000 Chaff City/WASBA Golden Girls Mile.

There will be lots for families to do, with a visit from the Easter Bunny and a losing betting ticket competition.

Members are encouraged to be on course, as the Members Jackpot Draw is now at $150, according to Pinjarra Harness Racing Club manager Sian Hughes.