Mick Stanely's Burrumbeet team appears to be ticking along nicely, with two of his runners topping sectionals charts last week.
The first of those was the talented Drain The Swamp, who backed up his dominant win at Geelong with an eye-catching third in the Signature Clean 4 You 3YO Vicbred Pace at Ballarat.
Chasing the early speed from a long way out, Stanley's charge made up good ground in the run home and clocked both the fastest final 800m and 400m splits of the entire meeting.
The horse is set to step out again at this evening's Bendigo meeting, where he has drawn well in gate one for a heat of the Australian Pacing Gold three-year-old colts and geldings series.
Stanley has long had a good opinion of stablemate Iolanta, and she broke through for career win six in the TAB Long May We Play Pace at Tabcorp Park Melton last Saturday night.
Stanley settled the four-year-old back in the running line from her barrier four draw before sweeping around the field approaching the turn. She hit the front with a great turn of foot and held on to score by more than four metres on the line.
Iolanta clocked 55.65sec for the last 800m, the slickest section of the meeting.
The daughter of Bettors Delight will clash with star Kiwi mare Spellbound in the Nutrien Equine Pace at Melton this Saturday night.
* PJ Data cover all Ballarat and Melton meetings in Victoria with runner-by-runner sectional information.
WATCH THE LAST-START EFFORTS OF DRAIN THE SWAMP AND IOLANTA BELOW:
DRAIN THE SWAMP
SIGNATURE CLEAN 4 YOU 3YO VICBRED PACE 1710m
LEAD TIME: 7.32sec
LAST MILE: 1:53.63min
LAST 800m: 55.11sec
LAST 400m: 27.22sec
TAB LONG MAY WE PLAY PACE 1720m
LEAD TIME: 7.70sec
LAST MILE: 1:54.60min
LAST 800m: 55.65sec
LAST 400m: 28.16sec
BALLARAT, MAY 5
DRAIN THE SWAMP - 55.11sec - 3rd SIGNATURE CLEAN 4 YOU 3YO VICBRED PACE 1710m
BONNIE BELLE - 55.37sec - 2nd SIGNATURE CLEAN 4 YOU 3YO VICBRED PACE 1710m
SHESMYBABY - 55.48sec - 5th CENTRAL AUTOMOTIVE REPAIR & SERVICING PACE 1710m
GHANASUYA - 55.48sec - 7th CENTRAL AUTOMOTIVE REPAIR & SERVICING PACE 1710m
ULTIMATE VINNIE - 55.56sec - 1st SIGNATURE CLEAN 4 YOU 3YO VICBRED PACE 1710m
DRAIN THE SWAMP - 27.22sec - 3rd SIGNATURE CLEAN 4 YOU 3YO VICBRED PACE 1710m
GHANASUYA - 27.33sec - 7th CENTRAL AUTOMOTIVE REPAIR & SERVICING PACE 1710m
BONNIE BELLE - 27.47sec - 2nd SIGNATURE CLEAN 4 YOU 3YO VICBRED PACE 1710m
SHESMYBABY - 27.57sec - 5th CENTRAL AUTOMOTIVE REPAIR & SERVICING PACE 1710m
ULTIMATE VINNIE - 27.58sec - 1st SIGNATURE CLEAN 4 YOU 3YO VICBRED PACE 1710m
TABCORP PARK MELTON, MAY 8
IOLANTA - 55.65sec - 1st TAB LONG MAY WE PLAY PACE 1720m
MISS MCGONAGALL - 55.68sec - 4th DEL-RE NATIONAL FOOD GROUP PACE 2240m
YORKSHIRE - 55.71sec - 5th TAB LONG MAY WE PLAY PACE 1720m
ROCK N ROLL CHAPEL - 55.82sec - 7th DEL-RE NATIONAL FOOD GROUP PACE 2240m
PEMBROOK CHARLIE - 55.87sec - 8th ALLIED EXPRESS PACE 1720m
POCKET THEDEAL - 27.48sec - 7th ALLIED EXPRESS PACE 1720m
DAYLIGHT AT DAWN - 27.55sec - 4th E K BRAY COUNTRY CLUBS PACE FINAL 2240m
CRIME WRITER - 27.59sec - 2nd TAB LONG MAY WE PLAY PACE 1720m
BELITTLED - 27.62sec - 5th ALLIED EXPRESS PACE 1720m
SONNY WEAVER - 27.65sec - 1st DEL-RE NATIONAL FOOD GROUP PACE 2240m
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