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The skills of driver Ricky May, including his knowledge of his home track, and the No 1 barrier draw were key factors in Ellmer Hanover's win in the Green Mile at the Mt Harding course at Methven yesterday.
Ellmer Hanover took an early lead from the mobile gate but surrendered it to Sleepy Tripp about midway, with Flyover also prominent. However, May, sat patiently in behind Sleepy Tripp and eventually got racing room on the inside in the straight.
He prevailed by half a neck, with Glencoe VC third. The favourite, Major Mark, was seventh.
Quality Invasion was an impressive winner of the trotters' Green Mile, leading for most of the way. He beat Donaldson by two and a-quarter lengths, with Beat The Monarch third.
Second-favourite Springbank Sam squandered his chances by breaking in the score-up to the mobile.