The second leg of the harness racing quaddie at Melton on Friday night is the Lenin Trotters Free For All (Group 3). In a cracking field, the Tim Butt trained trotter Vulcan headlines the race.
The 2013 Australian Trotting Grand Prix and Great Southern Star winner has had three runs in Australia this season after running fourth in the Dominion Trot at Addington in New Zealand to Mister Lavros on the 15th of November.
He’ll have plenty of opposition, starting with the Andy Gath trained Elegant Image.
To be driven by Kate Gath, the six-year-old son of S J’s Photo has been in sparkling recent form and the two will have a close up view of each other, starting from gates nine and ten off the second row.
Hoping to give the more established trotters a run for their money is the lightly raced Sundon mare Aleppo Midas.
The winner of over $60,000 in prize money is trained at Marong by Michelle Eastman.
“She’s pretty green; she is a Sundon,” says Eastman.
“She has a real mind of her own, a real free spirit. She won her MO at Melton earlier this year and the plan is to race her every week at Melton if we can so she can learn the job.”
Aleppo Midas will have plenty of opportunity to learn from some experienced campaigners on Friday night from barrier one.
“It’ll be good for her; she’ll be surrounded by horses and will have to do what they do. She can’t just do her own thing.”
Aleppo Midas is “a real personality” at home on the small block the Eastmans share in between Marong and Newbridge.
“She likes to go her own pace at track work and thinks when she’s ready to go, that’s when we go,” chuckles Eastman.
“She has heaps of ability but she has to learn not to do what she wants all the time.”
When she learns her trade, the Eastmans have big plans for Aleppo Midas. '
“We’d love one day to race her in the Great Southern Star.”
by Lucy McCormick