Smoken Up Wins Title for Justice

Smoken Up Wins Title for Justice

Tabcorp Park was the place to be for pacing fans over the weekend as the Metropolitan Trainers’ Premiership title race was locked in a three-way battle between trainers Lance Justice, Tony Peacock, and Glenn Douglas. Each of the three men had 21 wins apiece for the 2009/10 season, and were looking to the races held on Friday night to decide a winner.

Justice started the night off right with a win in the Tabcorp Park Melton Pacers Handicap. The M0+ race was run over a distance of 2,240 metres and carried a purse worth $15,000. Justice’s horse Vito Vito was a $3.00 favourite going into the race, and the brown gelding didn’t let punters down. Starting from the front row in barrier four, Vito Vito went on to take a convincing win and over $10,000 in prize money. Tellthebanker was 8.70 behind to take second. Justice’s Artoc finished in third place 9.10 off the leader.

2010 Tabcorp Park Melton Pacers Handicap Results:

Place Horse Prize Money Row & Br Trainer Driver Margin
1 Vito Vito NZ $10,125 Fr4 LJ Justice LJ Justice
2 Tellthebanker NZ $2,250 Sr3 DF Braun CA Alford 8.70
3 Artoc NZ $1,500 Fr1 LJ Justice G Lang 9.10
4 Ohoka Georgia NZ $750 Fr5 GF Webster SW Dyer 13.90
5 Our Crusherdust NZ $375 Sr2 GF Douglas DK Douglas 18.30
6 King High NZ Fr6 N Carbone N Carbone 23.50
7 Dhoni Sr5 PW Tonkin BR Gath 24.00
8 Lombo Limmo Fr1 TE Pullicino JJ Caldow 24.20
9 On Any Day Sr1 D Aiken JN Quinlan 27.80
10 Cobargo Magic Fr3 AL Peacock NA McCallum 30.50
11 Tibur Power Fr2 RW Francis RA Payne 31.60
12 Mach Twain NZ Fr2 LJ Justice JC Hackett 33.70
13 Rare Surprise NZ Fr3 AL Peacock DR Wilson 39.60
14 Kings A Coach Sr4 GF Webster E Brosnan 45.50

The success didn’t stop there for Justice. He followed up the impressive performance with another in race number seven – the Minuteman Free For All. Many were predicting that the Justice-trained Smoken Up would take the win in this one, and the gelding didn’t disappoint. In a thrilling race that came right down to the wire, Smoken Up managed to pull ahead of second place finisher TI Vogliobene to take the much needed win. Not only did this mark the horse’s seventh win in Australia this season, but it also secured the trainers’ premiership title for Justice. This year marks the fourth premiership win in the last five years for Justice.

While Douglas and Peacock had high hopes going into Friday night’s festivities, neither trainer came through with a win. The night was especially disappointing for Peacock when he failed to come through with a placing in The Graduate. Race number six on the card featured four Peacock-trained horses that were expected to do well. Cullens Impact, who was expected to do the best, took 11th place, finishing 19.50 off the leader. Wrongly Accused didn’t fare any better, finishing in last place 24.90 off the leader. The BL Hansen-trained Arber took first place and the $13,500 prize.

2010 Minuteman FFA Results:

Place Horse Prize Money Row & Br Trainer Driver Margin
1 Smoken Up NZ $13,500 Fr7 LJ Justice LJ Justice
2 TI Vogliobene $3,000 Fr5 GR Norman BR Gath 1.60
3 Cincinnati Kid NZ $2,000 Fr6 M Peace M Peace 4.40
4 Bold Cruiser NZ $1,000 Fr3 GF Douglas DK Douglas 6.00
5 Benny Mac NZ $500 Sr2 AL Peacock DR Wilson 6.20
6 Lady De Beau Fr1 GM Tindale JN Quinlan 9.00
7 Megasam NZ Fr4 GF Douglas GF Douglas 11.10
8 Ohoka Nevada NZ Sr1 AL Peacock AL Peacock 15.60
9 Pacific Charm Fr2 L Miles L Miles 16.10