Monday, 3rd February, 2020
By Michael Murphy
The opening night of the Broken Hill Harness Racing season was a battle between two drivers - Cassie Robinson and Andrew Vozlic - with the latter taking the honours in the last race of the night.
Vozlic opened up his 2020 account in the Silver City with an impressive victory in the opening race on board Vicstar Sharazz, trained by Aaron Coad.
The short-priced favourite performed well in trials on the local track during January, and led all the way in SouthState Industrial Supplies Pace.
It was only the second win for the four-year-old, its maiden victory was in September 2018 in Ballarat.
Modern Torque from the Camilleri stable came second while the Donald Pimm-trained Dribblabill came third.
Cassie Robinson pegged one back in the second race of the night on board another Donald Pimm-trained horse, Maythehorsebwithu.
It was a brilliant run by the bay gelding. Robinson hit the gas in the last lap in a dominating performance, pulling away from the Tooth Fairy, which had led most of the way.
Maythehorsebwithu, the favourite, won the Paewai Shearing Pace by 34 metres, second was Bezzaboma while Veluti NZ came third.
Robinson notched up her second win for the night in race three, the Far West Rural Supplies Pace, this time on the Tony Camilleri-trained Flame Blaster.
The brown gelding got to the front and led all the way, holding off an early challenge by another Camilleri horse, Ziva, which came second.
It was Flame Blaster’s maiden win after several poor performances in Mildura. The four-year-old has a new lease on life after switching to the camp Camilleri.
The favourite, Thomas Heights, came third.
Andrew Vozlic returned to the winners’ list in the fourth race of the night, the Rising Sun Hotel Pace.
Vozlic steered the Headmaster to the front early and led all the way.
It was a classy run by a classy bay gelding that has earned more than $40,000 in prizemoney over 62 starts, including some sweet victories at Globe Derby.
The Darren McInnes-trained Serene Change came second while Bettatobelucky came third.
Reva was declared a non-runner in the race after not making it all the way up to the mobile barrier before it pulled away.
Vozlic completed a driving triple for the night in the last race, the Sew EuroDrive Pace.
On board the Aaron Coad-trained Metro Image, Vozlic shot to the front in the last lap, overtaking the highly-fancied Camilleri-trained Elect to Rock.
It was the six-year-old’s fifth win in 38 starts, taking the bay gelding’s total prizemoney to just under $20,000.
Elect to Rock finished second while the Jackson Hockley-trained and driven Colorada Boy came third.
The second race meeting of the season is on this Saturday night at the Rocky Baker Memorial Paceway.