Day At The Track

Adlam and Smith taste Group One glory

09:18 AM 30 Apr 2010 NZST
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Gavin Smith is interviewed by Second Wind holds out Sleepy Tripp Second Wind and Gavin Smith Woodlands Taylor Mile winner Second Wind
Gavin Smith is interviewed by - Trackside's Greg O'Connor after his First Group One victory.
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Second Wind holds out Sleepy Tripp - to win last Friday's Group One $100k Woodlands Taylor Mile
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Second Wind and Gavin Smith - shortly after winning the Grp One $100k Taylor Mile.
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Woodlands Taylor Mile winner Second Wind - is flanked by the Adlam brothers: Simon (left) and Greg.
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Unsung Canterbury tradesmen Simon Adlam and Gavin Smith tasted Group One glory for the first time when Second Wind won the $100,000 Woodlands Taylor 4yo Mile at the North Island's harness racing headquarters Alexandra Park tonight (Friday April 30).

The race, which is actually run from the 1700m mobile, is a curtain raiser to next Friday's New Zealand Messenger Championship, also for Australasia's best 4yo pacers. Not many outside Adlam and Smith rated the Dream Away gelding a chance. He paid $15.60 win. It was also his first group One victory after just 15 starts.

"He's a tough horse who was given every chance in the trail. He'll go home the Tuesday after the Messenger and then return late next month for the Jewels at Cambridge. He will be a good chance again next week," Adlam said.

"It's a great feeling to win a Group One race," said Adlam, who has been training since the 1992-93 season, and has nailed 71 winners - including a season-best 13 this season.

Home for Second Wind and Adlam is Ashburton in Mid-Canterbury. Driver Smith lives about an hour north in Kaiapoi. He too was stoked with his first Group One victory.

"This horse is an absolute pleasure to drive. He steps well and does everything easily. He has a beautiful gait and also relaxes well in his races. Look he doesn't wear any gear. He is a credit to Simon's training abilities." Smith said.

Smith had Second Wind away nicely from the mobile arm but surprisingly race favourite Bonavista Bay was left for early speed. That cost him the race because he had to work hard during the early stages to wrest the lead off Second Wind at the bell.

It was that surge that ensured a slashing 1:56.3 mile rate.

In the straight Second Wind had the last shot at Bonavista Bay and Chris Alford. A fast finishing Sleepy Tripp and Mark Purdon separated the two. Second Wind had a head to spare over Sleepy Tripp with a length and a length back to Bonavista Bay and Romulus.

Winning time: 2:02.9 with final 800m and 400m sprints of 57.6 and 27 seconds.

Like Bonavista Bay, Second Wind will be better for the race come the Messenger in seven days. Both were having their first starts at Alexandra Park. Second Wind has now raced 15 times for nine wins, three placings and $148,795 in career stakes.

Second Wind was bred by Mrs J L Brosnan, K L Anderson, E M Flaherty and is owned by Adlam's brother Greg (see photo). He is out of an un-raced In The Pocket mare called Carmel Maria.

ALEXANDRA PARK HIGHLIGHTS:

TOP TRAINER: Paul Nairn 2 wins.

TOP DRIVER: The two Davids - Butcher and Butt 2 wins apiece.

TOP JUNIOR DRIVER: Dexter Dunn 1 win.

TOP SIRE: 10 races - 10 winning sires.

Results from the Auckland Trotting Club's meeting held tonight (Friday) at Alexandra Park Raceway in Auckland were:

Race 1: The Stephen McNally trained and driven CAST OFF COURAGE (Courage Under Fire).

Race 2: The Paul Nairn trained DR HOOK (Dr Ronerail) David Butt.

Race 3: The Brent Mangos trained and driven BETTOR COVER LOVER (Bettor's Delight).

Race 4: The Barry Purdon & Scott Phelan trained SUPREMECY (Christian Cullen) Barry Purdon.

Race 5: The Paul Nairn trained KAHDON (Sundon) David Butt.

Race 6: The John Dickie trained REAL DEAL YANKEE (Dream Vacation) Todd Mitchell.

Race 7: The Simon Adlam trained SECOND WIND (Dream Away) Gavin Smith.

Race 8: The Geoff Small trained DE LOVELY (Falcon Seelster) David Butcher.

Race 9: The Cran Dalgety trained HIP HOP ANVIL (Mach Three) Dexter Dunn.

Race 10: The Derek Balle & Owen Gillies trained KD COMMANDO (CR Commando) David Butcher.

Extensive results.

By Duane RANGER (editor) at Alexandra Park.

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