Poacher wins at Winton

Victory: Poacher (Brendon McLellan) scores his third win of the season at Winton yesterday.
Victory: Poacher (Brendon McLellan) scores his third win of the season at Winton yesterday.

A couple of gear changes and an ulcer-free mouth helped Poacher win the Install A Rheen Pace at Winton yesterday.

Winton trainer Des Baynes discovered two ulcers after Poacher broke and ran 10th at Ascot Park on January 29. Baynes changed the gelding's bit and shoes.

''He doesn't seem to handle the Invercargill (Ascot Park) track,'' Baynes said.

The horseman and his son Mark, of Canada, tasted success earlier in the programme with Ya Dreaming in the Dux Industries Ltd 3-Year-Old Pace.

Juniper Bromac gave a fillies' track record a shake when clocking 1min 55.8sec (one mile).

Her winning time in the Methven Ltd Fillies and Mares' Pace was 0.2sec outside Miss McIvor's 3-year-old fillies' mark, set in December 2003. Clark Barron drove Juniper Bromac for his brother Ken, who trains the daughter of Live Or Die at West Melton for the Jammy Dodger Syndicate.

Juniper Bromac ran fifth in wet conditions at Wyndham on Sunday after racing three wide. She will return to Canterbury with hopes of making the field for the $40,000 Southland Oaks at Ascot Park on April 30.

Jumpforjoy, trained at Rakauhauka by Clark Barron, leaves next week for the Great Northern Oaks at Alexandra Park on March 4. She will probably compete in an Oaks' Prelude at the Auckland track on February 25.

Flying Diamonds won the Southland Master Plumbers Association Pace with a slick time of 2:57.5 (2400m mobile). His Lorneville trainer Tony Stratford will harness Monaghan for today's Sapling Stakes at Ashburton.

A 4-year-old, Flying Diamonds was driven by Dexter Dunn, who left the Winton meeting after race nine to catch a 6pm flight from Invercargill to Christchurch. He drove at Addington last night.

Vi Et Animo's half-sister, Dyed Blonde, got up in the last stride to win the Buteline Plumbing System Pace. Wayne McCulloch, who shares in the ownership of both horses, bought their dam, Blondie's Pocket, with a foal at foot (Dyed Blonde), in the 2007-08 season.

The pair were advertised in the Harness Racing Weekly and at the time, Vi Et Animo (14 wins) had not begun his racing career.

Gil Shirley trains Vi Et Animo and Dyed Blonde at Ascot Park.

Wyndham reinsman Andrew Suddaby made the most of his lone drive yesterday. He plotted a winning passage for Mexican Invasion in the Quantum Eco Hot Water Handicap Trot.

The Southland Times