A PROLIFIC October for the Bendigo harness racing fraternity continued at Shepparton on Wednesday night.
Trainers Terry French and Glenn Douglas and drivers Tayla French and Ellen Tormey all picked up winners on the 10-race card, to maintain a healthy strike-rate among the region's participants.
Douglas struck first with the three-year-old gelding Major Jodi, who scored his first race win at start number five.
The son of Art Major and Jodi Lindenny was always in the box seat and was able to mow down the front-running favourite Playboy Shadow ($3.10) to give Douglas his eighth training success of the season from 70 starters. He also has nine placings.
Douglas was the winning driver.
A long run of outs for the French-trained Joey's Hangover ended when the gelding produced a strong finish to overhaul the leaders in the straight to claim his third career win in a NR 30 to 47 event.
The five-year-old had not won a race since March 5 and went 23 starts in between victories.
His win was the third this season for Tayla French, from only 23 drives. Her record is further bolstered by eight placings in a bright start to 2019-20.
A treble of locally inspired wins was notched when Tormey drove the Mark Watson/Kyabram-trained Prosecco Boy to victory in the night's second last race, a NR 48 to 55 pace.
It was the four-year-old gelding's fourth career win from 16 starts, all of them achieved with Tormey (five wins and 14 placings from 33 drives this season) in the sulky.
The reliable Prosecco Boy (four wins, six placings from 16 starts) has been placed outside the top five just once in his short career and should not have to wait long between wins.
The wins of Major Jodi, Joey's Hangover and Prosecco Boy followed quickly on the heels of those of the Chris Svanosio trained and driven Norquay, Kent Harpley-trained Phil Monty and the Dylan Marshall-trained Barbie Mattgregor at Lord's Raceway on Tuesday night, and a driving win to Michelle Phillips at Cranbourne last Sunday.
Racing moves to Ballarat tonight (Thursday) with the first of eight-races at 6.34pm.
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