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$127,500 yearling sale purchase appreciates the mobile

11:27 AM 03 Jan 2015 NZDT
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Springfield Eden - Dominant win yesterday at Omakau Raceway
Springfield Eden - Dominant win yesterday at Omakau Raceway
Springfield Eden

Six figure yearlings at the yearly sales have become common place in the last few years but six figure sums for trotting bred yearlings are still a bit of a rarity at harness racing sales.

One of the biggest sales prices for a trotting bred yearling ever seen in New Zealand was that paid for the royally bred colt yesterday Eden.

By the brilliant North American super sire Angus Hall, Springfield Eden was the second foal of the four win Sundon mare, Landora's Special who was a daughter of the brilliant racemare Landora's Pride ($426,857).

Two half sisters to Landora's Special had made the maternal family the hottest in Australasia.

First Landora's Gift produced the outstanding trotter Sundon's Gift ($1,275,264) while another half sister Invasions Pride left Let Me Thru ($453,945)

The first foal from Landora's Special is the very promising Eyre I Come who judging by his super win on Cup Day in November is headed for the top.

So all in all everything pointed to Springfield Eden being a star and hence why he made $127,500.

Things started out promisingly enough when he finished fourth in the first couple of 2 year old trots in Canterbury behind the likes of Monbet, Ayra and Wanna Play.

That was quickly followed by an easy win against the older horses at Waikouaiti but from there the wheels fell off with two unplaced runs in the 2 year old classics after early mistakes.

Springbank Eden had started his 3 year old season the same way, blowing the standing start in both his early season races at Winton and Wairio.

Yesterday at the Omakau Raceway in Central Otago, Springfield Eden had one thing in his favour - the race was from behind the mobile.

Sent forward from barrier four by driver Matthew Williamson, Springfield Eden set a solid tempo right from the start and it was obvious a long way out that he had the field in trouble.

And thats how it turned out with Matthew hardly moving in the cart as Springfield Eden went to the line a comfortable two length winner.

Springfield Eden trotted the 2000 metres from the mobile in 2:33.4, a mile rate of 2:03.4 with closing sectionals of 59.9 and 30.2.

Matthew thought it was the mobile that made all the difference yesterday.

"He hadn't looked like stepping at his first two starts but he has always been good behind the mobile"

"He has real good speed off the gate which is a plus," Matthew told Harnesslink this morning.

Matthew thought that Springfield Eden still had a few issues to sort out before any thoughts of taking on the best 3 year olds were entertained.

" We are still having issues with his gait but he is getting better."

"There is no doubting the ability but you have to be doing everything 100% when you are taking on the best and he is not there yet.

" He is as good a looking horse as you would see and lovely to do anything with so he is worth waiting for," Matthew said.

The win continued Matthew's good run over the holiday period with him having racked up four wins and numerous placings since the Gore meeting on Boxing day.

Harnesslink Media

 

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