LIFE is all about horsepower for Carlo Corso either on four wheels or four legs.
Corso runs a panelbeating shop in Maribyrnong.
While that is his livelihood, standardbreds are one of biggest passions in life.
And on his latest run of success in harness racing, this is only going to increase.
The Diggers Rest trainer capped off the biggest three days of his training career with a double in Ballarat on Saturday night.
The back-to-back wins in the opening two events at Bray Raceway gave Corso three victories in three days – the first coming at Horsham on Thursday.
Not bad for someone with just five horses in his stable.
Two-year-old pacer Just Call Me Mac kicked off the sequence in the Wimmera
Then sibling squaregaiters Dell Boy ($1.50 favourite) and Donkiri ($6.60) capped it off with Corso’s first double.
Dell Boy took out the Lofra 2yo Trotters’ Handicap, 2200m, and track specialist Donkiri landed the money in the Rinnai T1/better Handicap, 2200m, giving the five-year-old mare her fourth win in Ballarat.
Each is out of race-winning mare Belle Kiri, which has produced three winners all up.
Donkiri has been Corso’s best horse to date, winning nines time all up, but as far he is concerned it only just the start.
Corso is a relative newcomer to harness racing.
His involvement came through a chance meeting with late veteran trainer Charlie Bell.
Corso took out a stablehand licence to work alongside the legendary horseman at his Ascot Vale stable.
Form there he took what he saw as a natural progression to take up training four years ago.
While Bell is no longer about to provide advice, Corso maintains a close association with veteran driver Peter Wells, who had a long and successful partnership with Bell.
Wells is close to 80, but Corso has no hesitation in putting him in the sulky on stable runners whenever he can as he did for Saturday night’s double.
As Corso said after the feat, “you can’t beat experience”.
Although he does train pacers, Corso said he preferred trotters
“I love trotters.”
He said with the trotting population being smaller than that of pacers, it was also easier to gauge their form and performance, given they were consistently racing against the same horses.
As well as Corso and Wells, owner and breeder John McHugh was also on hand in Ballarat to share the celebration.
He bred and races Just Call Me Mac, and is also a part-owner of Dell Boy and Donkiri.
ALLENDALE father and son Allan and Adam Stephens made a smart move when they purchased broodmare Alberts Belle with a filly foal at foot.
The foal turned out to be Union Belle ($8.90), which in the TAC 3yo Pace, 2200m, in Ballarat on Saturday night took her career winning tally to three.
Just four starts ago Union Belle was best known as a professional placegetter with six seconds and a third in 19 starts.
All this has turned around quickly, with wins at Bendigo, Maryborough and now Ballarat in the space of four runs.
As well as getting the job done in her own right, the Stephens’ hopes for two more foals out of Alberts Belle are rising.
She has a 2yo colt by Sports Town and weanling colt by I Am The Way, which the Stephens raced.