Monday, 9th February, 2015
By Michael Murphy
Driver Cassie Robinson scored her second double for the season before a predominately red and white crowd at the Rocky Baker Memorial Paceway on Saturday night.
The night was dedicated to the South Football Club, the reigning A and B grade BHAFL premiers.
Robinson steered the highly-fancied Bettatobelucky over the line first to win race three on the card, and backed it up with another win in race five with Riverboat Girl.
The Pimm/Robinson stable - led by trainer Donald Pimm - has had a solid year but it faced some top opposition in the feature race, the South Roos A Grade Premiers 2014 Pace.
“I knew it was going to be hard,” said Robinson, who has been driving for the past seven years. “It was a fast class so any horse is capable of winning.
“It was probably one of the most even fast class races for a while which is good because it is good racing for people to watch.”
Going into the race, the form of Bettertobelucky had been lagging with a fourth and fifth in his last two starts in the Silver City, though he had drawn the second row in those two starts.
After drawing the first row on Saturday night, the six-year-old bay gelding hit the line just over three metres in front of Heza Bomber Boy.
In the last race, Robinson was pleased with the run of Riverboat Girl, saying it was only a matter of time before she won.
“She’s been knocking on the door all year and she’s finally broken through which is good,” Robinson said of the four-year-old bay mare.
“She was eventually going to win. I thought she had her chances in the last two weeks, but she was pipped at the post.”
The Robinson/Pimm partnership is proving to be a hard one to crack. For the past three years Robinson has won the driver’s premiership, Pimm has won the trainer’s premiership for the past two, and Bettatobelucky has won “horse of the year” for two years straight.
And now Cassie’s sister - 23-year-old Stevie Robinson - has joined the engine room of the winning partnership. Stevie is in her first year of training, working alongside Don Pimm and Cassie. It involves 5am starts to work and feed the horses, except for Wednesdays, when the trio gets up at 4.15am to hit the track.
“If the horses continue to be competitive, we will probably go to Mildura at the end of the season to see how they go there for a few runs,” said Robinson.
“And then we’ll have a bit of a break.”
The Harness Racing Club tipped its hat to the South Football Club for making Saturday night’s event a great success.