Sidewinder sizzles again

Busselton Dunsborough Times

With a sizeable crowd in attendance at the Busselton Trotting Club on Friday, Budd Sidewinder was at it again when he scored a runaway win in the Callows Southern Stars Series.

Sent out an even money favourite, the four-year-old was safely away from the stand as Ashley Markham had the gelding sitting generously behind the leaders.

With 300m to run, Markham let him go and the favourite dashed well clear of James Coburn and Bledisloe.

With two meetings left, Sidewinder looks a major player for the Busselton Cup.

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The little mare Tella started the evening in fine fashion.

Positioned perfectly by Markham behind a solid pace, it was just a matter of when the Bianca Ashcroft-trained pacer would make her move.

She didn’t let the trainer down, racing clear to take the Albies Sweetheart Series win from a game Racy Lacy.

Ashcroft then followed that up in race three with Call Me Ernie, who scored his second win of the season.

Hillbilly Time and Our Bobbydazzler were at it again as they tried to get the upper hand in a season rivalry, clashing for the third time.

With the deadlock at one apiece, Hillbilly Time took an early advantage.

Trent Wheeler drove a tactical race and wouldn’t let Bobby out as the Peter Hensley-trained Collie pacer held the favourite at bay.

Old-timer Compact Rocket relished a frontline draw with Wheeler in the hot seat and raced away from Alluring Attitude.

Sammys Ideal handed local trainer Michael Callagari a training double when the four-year-old American Ideal gelding held off odds-on favourite Lightning Jolt.

The Brendan Abbott-trained On My Oath was scratchy away but landed in the breeze for youngster Cory Peterson and out-stayed stablemate Amounis.

The next meeting will be held on Friday, January 19.

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