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Magic run wins mile

Monday, 23rd February, 2015

Anthony Adams bolts home aboard Youvegotobelieveit in the VetForce Mile. Anthony Adams bolts home aboard Youvegotobelieveit in the VetForce Mile.

By Michael Murphy and Uani

It was a big night of milestones at the Rocky Baker Memorial Paceway on Saturday night, with two winning doubles and a first for a young trainer.

But it was the feature event on the card - the Vetforce Mile - that had punters flipping through the record books.

Veteran reinsman Anthony Adams brought home Youvegotobelieveit - trained by Mildura horseman Jason McGinty - at a blistering pace to equal the track record for the magic mile, 2.00.6.

Adams and McGinty know what it takes to win the mile. 

Trainer/driver Adams won the race in 2009 with Parabadoo Magic, and then again in 2010 and 2011 with Justwatchme.

Trainer/driver McGinty broke Adams’ winning streak in 2012 with Xavier Jack, and then Adams came back in 2013 with Thywillbedone, the year he first set the track record for the race.

McGinty returned fire last year with Yelspar, and this year the pair teamed up to take the trophy with Adams in the driver’s seat of the McGinty-trained record-holder, Youvegotobelieveit.

“She’s a real nice type of horse, she has high speed, a good speed out the gate,” Adams said yesterday, adding that the local track favoured the front runners.

“At the end of the day, if you have high speed you have got to use it,” he said.

“It is not an easy race, usually the strongest horse wins.” 

Adams, who has been involved in the local harness racing industry for 27 years, said the four-year-old Youvegotobelieveit had a bright future.

He also heaped praise on Mildura trainer Jason McGinty, for supporting local harness racing by regularly making the trip up from Mildura to race.

On the night, Don Pimm scored a training double with Cassie Robinson driving the stable runners.

Rob Wayman also drove a double with one he trains, Circle Line.

And the Jackson Hockley-prepared pacer King Amongst Kings should not be left out, chalking up the first win for the youngster. Jackson had taken a forced spell because of injury, but the Camilleri family stepped up to keep the King in shape, and the win provided a trifecta in the last race for the Camilleris. 

There is no racing next week, and racing will return on March 7 with horses, trainers and drivers honing their skills for the much anticipated Carnival Of Cups meeting on Friday, March 13.

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