Day At The Track

'The Dooza'- a real doozy of a sulky?

08:41 PM 19 Feb 2013 NZDT
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Mah Sish 'The Dooza'
Mah Sish - Is primed and ready for Saturday's feature
'The Dooza'

Locally trained pacer Travtiano gave Cranbourne harness racing trainer Derek Harrington and his family plenty of reason to celebrate with his win in the Cranbourne Trainers Bonanza Pace on Thursday night.

The reigning CHRC Horse Of The Year has been racing consistently in recent times and went into Thursday's assignment as a last start winner at Warragul. However a back row draw and formidable opposition meant that Travtiano appeared on paper to have his work cut out over the sprint journey of 1,609 metres.

As expected, driver Josh Duggan charged Manningham Park to the lead from the mobile and then proceeded to run his rivals along at a frenetic pace. It was apparent a fair way from home that the race may be at the mercy of those able to run on from the back in the field and Travtiano appeared to be travelling nicely leaving the back straight on the final occasion. Coming from last on the turn the son of Western Terror unleashed a powerful finish to win in a blistering 1:56:4 mile rate to the delight of his big band of supporters.

The win in Thursday night's race established a clear lead for Travtiano in this year's CHRC Horse Of The Year Award and no doubt Harrington would dearly love to record back to back wins in the highly coveted award.

The Harrington family's joy at Travtiano's win doesn't end there however.

Only recently the family owned engineering business received Harness Racing Australia approval to produce and market the Dooza Sulky and Travtiano carried the sulky into battle at Cranbourne with outstanding results.

This success follows on from a number of other race victories for "The Dooza", most notably that of Mah Sish in the $400,000 A G Hunter Cup on 2nd February. Visiting Kiwi trainer Tim Butt had been keen to trial "The Dooza" on his trotter Vulcan in an earlier race on the Del-Re Hunter Cup program. But in a last minute stroke of good fortune for Harrington, Butt also geared up Mah Sish in the sulky later in evening and the rest is history.

The locally designed and built sulky could have no better advertisement than a Del-Re National Food Group Hunter Cup winner and the mob at Dooza Engineering are now eagerly fielding enquiries for their cart.

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