Day At The Track

Arden Rooney back to his best

07:56 PM 19 Oct 2015 NZDT
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Swan Hill Cup champ Arden Rooney.
Swan Hill Cup champ Arden Rooney.

Look out, New Zealand – one of your own is about to return to where his career began with eyes on your greatest prize.

Arden Rooney’s New Zealand Trotting Cup prospects climbed big time on Saturday night as the Kerryn Manning-trained six-year-old 2015 Hunter Cup winner smashed the track record on his way to winning the Tooleybuc Sporting Club Swan Hill Pacing Cup (Group 3) over 2790 metres.

Stepping well from his 30-metre handicap, Arden Rooney was quickly sent forward by trainer/driver Manning who had no issues urging the son of Bettors Delight to the lead.

Arden Rooney paced his final mile in splits of 30, 29.4, 27.1 and 29.1 seconds for a 1:57.3 mile rate, beating home runner-up Savesomtimetodream by 3.6m, with Lets Elope third beaten 7.6m.

Flaming Flutter, second in last season’s Inter Dominion, was beaten 9.8m after starting 20m ahead of Arden Rooney.

Franco Ledger, who flashed home in the Hunter Cup earlier this year to run second to Arden Rooney, was beaten 12.6m on this occasion in sixth place.

The way Arden Rooney won he’d have strong claims in any race he was to head towards.

The NZ Trotting Cup conditions will suit. And his bid at back-to-back Kaikoura Cup wins looks right on song.

Cody Winnell

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