Day At The Track

Australasia's latest millionaire

12:49 PM 10 Jan 2015 NZDT
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David Hercules

Underrated Western Australian pacer David Hercules has become harness racing’s latest millionaire.

The son of Artesian broke through the magical barrier thanks to his Fremantle Cup success at Gloucester Park last night.

Driven by Morgan Woodley, the David Thompson-trained gelding led throughout from barrier three to easily account for Northview Punter and Copagrin.

Rating 1:57 for the 2536-metre trip, David Hercules extended his record to 36 wins and 31 placings from 96 starts for earnings of $1,099,044.

David Hercules new status makes him the 61st Australasian-bred pacer to earn more than $1million since Cardigan Bay became the world’s first millionaire in 1968.

The mighty Gammlite was the first to reach $1million by racing solely in the Southern Hemisphere, a feat he achieved in 1983.

A decade later, Westburn Grant became the first $2million earner, with Blacks A Fake surpassing $3million in 2007 and $4million in 2010.

Karloo Mick holds the unique honour of being the only millionaire never to win a Group One race.

Five trotters have bankrolled more than $1million, with Lyell Creek the ground breaker in 2001. The son of Roydon Glen was also the first to pass $2million.

Like Cardigan Bay, Lyell Creek earned prizemoney in America, with Take A Moment the first to reach the mark by racing solely in Australasia.

While no Australian-bred trotter has earned $1million, Sundons Gift is the only Aussie-trained squaregaiter in the elite fraternity.

Amazingly, Scotch Notch, which raced during the 1980s, is still the highest earning Australian-bred trotter with stakes of $670,755 – of which half was earned in the Northern Hemisphere.

  • PAUL COURTS

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