Cranbourne trainer-driver Scott Ewen continued his recent run of success when Illawong Lord took out the fourth race on the Club’s program on Sunday afternoon.
The six-year-old gelding has been racing consistently since returning to the track in June and toughed out a grinding win over Blue Chipped and Valley of Terror in a 1:59:9 mile rate for the 1,609 metre journey. Ewen was not afraid to use Illawong Lord and sent the son of Four Starrz Shark to the spot outside the leader from his wide draw before running to the top with a circuit to run. From there Ewen was able to dictate the tempo of the race and Illawong Lord found plenty in the home straight to record his fifth career win.
“He’s had half a dozen runs this time in and is pretty fit,” Ewen said after the race. “And he began pretty well today. He can miss away and you have to talk to him all the way up to the gate.”
Illawong Lord’s win comes on the back of recent wins by stablemates Bulletproof Boy at Melton on 4th July and Penny Bobbins at the same track on 17th July.
On Friday afternoon, lightly-raced four-year-old pacer Nightmares recorded his second win at just his third career outing when he was successful in the Melton Toyota Pace at Tabcorp Park.
Trained by Charlie Wootton and piloted by Viv Tomren, Nightmares was taken out of the early speed battle and settled at the rear of the field with race favourite Bankroll assuming control in the lead. In a race-winning move, Tomren eased Nightmares into the running line with a lap to travel and from there the son of Roll With Joe enjoyed a perfect trail into the race before unleashing a powerful finish in the home straight.
Wootton and Tomren were a touch unlucky not to notch up a winning double with Elteear running out of her skin at big odds to finish second beaten a half-neck in the opening race on the program.
Both horses will have their next outing at the Cranbourne meeting on Sunday 23rd August with Wootton contemplating using a concession claiming driver on Nightmares in the Rating 51-54 Pace over 1,609 metres.
“He’s an easy horse to drive and would get into that race nicely with a claim,” Wootton explained.
By David Scott