Day At The Track

Affordable Aramis

04:18 PM 24 Jun 2017 NZST
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Promising juvenile pacer Aramis might be one of the great bargains in harness racing history.

Because whether he becomes a top horse or not it is hard to argue with his price: he was free.

The Brian Hughes-trained gelding made it back to back wins at Alexandra Park last night, leading throughout to down fellow classy youngster King Of Swing with a 55.9 second last 800m.

Hughes will now discuss with Aramis’s connections the idea of giving him a two-week spell so he can be set for the two northern Sires’ Stakes heats in October.

“Two weeks doesn’t sound like much but he hasn’t been up to long and on what he has shown he deserves a shot at the Sires’ Stakes,” says Hughes.

Aramis is owned by a group managed by Paul Charlton, who was the one who secured him at a mixed bloodstock sale.

“The story goes the mare (Ca Cest Lamore) went through the sales with a foal at foot and was bought by Rod Croon but he didn’t want the foal,” explains Hughes.

“So he gave it to Paul, who brought the other owners in and obviously they are pretty chuffed about it now.” Ironically Ca Cest Lamore, from the Interchange family, hasn’t produced a foal since but is in foal to Bettors Delight.

While the winner ended the unbeaten run of King Of Swing, that wouldn’t have felt like a disaster to his connections Lincoln Farms considering Aramis is by their sire Sir Lincoln.

On a quiet night at The Park, speed freak three-year-old Star Galleria was again too good for his intermediate grade rivals with much-improved Princess Makendon headed home a mares trifecta in the main trot.

Michael Guerin



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