New Zealand officials have caught the eye of Grant Dixon.
Dixon is the man behind Queensland sensation and recently crowned Australian 3yo Colt/Gelding of the Year in Majestic Mach.
Plenty has been said about the recent changes for the Harness Jewels series which will be conducted next year at Cambridge in the North Island.
HRNZ implemented a change to allow top Australian pacers and trotters to contest their million dollar raceday on efforts they achieve here in Australia throughout the season.
It’s a move that has many locals restless.
But for the Australian trainers, it’s another opportunity to maximise their earnings with their star pupils and many have tentatively pencilled into their diaries already.
And Dixon is no different.
Majestic Mach is widely acclaimed as the best pacer to come out of Queensland since the immortal Blacks A Fake and his record is the envy of most.
The Mach Three gelding has tasted defeat only once during his 24 start career to date when a gallant second in the Gr.1 $200,000 NSW Derby at TABCORP Park, Menangle behind Victorian star Lennytheshark after racing without cover.
“Given the changes to the criteria of the Jewels, it’s a distinct possibility that we could head that way if we secure an invitation next year.” Dixon stated.
The Jewels raceday at Cambridge will be staged on May 31, 2014.
Connections of Majestic Mach are focussed on the Gr.1 $200,000 Chariots Of Fire at TABCORP Park, Menangle on March 2 which then leaves ample time to head across the Tasman to tackle the Jewels.
“Logistically, it looks good because it’s a lot easier heading to Auckland rather than heading to Christchurch so there’s an obvious hurdle we can sidestep immediately.
Cambridge is the same size track as Albion Park plus the weather is likely to be warmer in the Waikato rather than down at Ashburton at the time of year too.
The Jewels slots in nicely between features back here in Brisbane so we can make a hit-run mission which is ideal.”
Majestic Mach is already a four times Gr.1 winner and has amassed earnings in excess of $590,000 during his glittering career to date.
The four-year-old is raced by his breeders, Kevin and Kay Seymour.
by Chris Barsby (Courtesy of Harness Racing Australia)