Day At The Track

Always A Secret to lead the way again?

11:38 AM 11 Mar 2019 NZDT
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Clayton Harmey, harness racing
Clayton Harmey
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Cessnock harness racing trainer Clayton Harmey is hoping to grab another front-running win with Always A Secret on Monday at Newcastle after he dominated in a career-best time on Saturday night.

Always A Secret led throughout with Leigh Sutton aboard to win by four metres in 1.55.5 in race two at Newcastle and will back up at the track in the fifth on Monday. It was a fourth win in 18 starts for the four-year-old, a brother to the former Harmey-trained Secret Jack which now races in Queensland.

"He loves the front but he's half the horse in the field," Harmey said.

"Secret Jack was the same. I think he won about 10 races for me and nearly all of them were when he led.

"I was pretty proud of Always A Secret, especially on a rain-affected track, it was very good run to clock that time. And he just kept going. He was never on the bridle the whole race."

Harmey has a soft spot for Always A Secret, which has beat the odds from an early age to still be competing.

"As a foal, one of his back legs was cut up really bad in a paddock accident and the vet said he would never race. He didn't think he would even survive.

"But the owners kept going with him. His leg looks terrible but it doesn't worry him. He's amazing, he just keeps pushing on.

"If the race tomorrow was harder, I probably wouldn't start him but I don't think it's overly hard."

Harmey also has a high opinion of Straddie, which races in the third on Monday. Although drawn wide, Straddie was "a little hope at big odds", the trainer said.

Also on Saturday, Sutton drove a winning double when he saluted on Courage Lips for Jinaya Niass.

Michael Formosa (Si Si Senor and Eagle Falls) and Rickie Alchin (Regulus and Crunch Time) also drove two winners each.

By Craig Kerry

Reprinted with permission of The Newcastle Herald

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