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Bacardi Lindy firing on both sides of the Tasman

10:49 PM 15 Sep 2014 NZST
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Bacardi Lindy - Stock firing on both sides of the Tasman
Bacardi Lindy - Stock firing on both sides of the Tasman

The trotting side of harness racing has been one part of the industry that seems to have been holding its own in recent years.

More and more North American and European sires are now available to Australasian breeders and one that is making a big impact is the son of S J's Photo in Bacardi Lindy.

Imported by Ross Simpson, Bacardi Lindy has spent time in both Australia and New Zealand and these days is resident at Morley Park in Victoria.

A son of S J's Photo from the brilliant Valley Victory mare Rum Boogie 1:55 ($900,908), Bacardi Lindy made $115,000 when sold at Tattersalls as a yearling and recouped that and more on the track winning $207,546 and taking a mark of 1:52.8

Bacardi Lindy made a slow start with his first crop but his stock have just kept improving and several starting showing up in the age group classics.

Claudy's Princess ($198,746) was a star 3 year old last season while The Boss Man ($95,132) was another of his better performers in the 4 year old ranks as  Bacardi Lindy established himself as the the best of the Australian based trotting sires.

His profile in New Zealand has been pretty low key to this point but that may be about to change with the emergence of the smart 2 year old Cocktail Waiter.

Even though the season is only six weeks old in New Zealand, Cocktail Waiter has already qualified and in great fashion for a trotter this early in the season.

He won his qualifying trial at Oamaru over 2000 meters from the mobile in 2:41.4, a mile rate of 2:09.8 with a closing 800 meters of 60.3

Cocktail Waiter is the second foal from the Sundon mare Gina and is owned and trained by Alan Clark of the The Fiery Ginga fame.

Allan Clark was suitably impressed by the run.

"He is such a lovely horse to do anything with.

He is a beautifully gaited individual and has a touch of class that the good horses have and really finds when you ask him.

I am pretty confident Cocktail Waiter will be a major player in all the good 2 year old trotting races later in the season", he said.

Alan borrowed Gina to breed Cocktail Waiter after the mares first foal Clifden Clowers ($33,653) had been a handy winner and he remembered a full sister to Gina in The Great Pretender had raced in the Jewels as a 2 year old.

As smart as Cocktail Waiter looks to be, Alan had high hopes for a filly by Bacardi Lindy until her sudden death.

"I thought she was a touch better than Cocktail Waiter to be honest but I found her dead in her paddock one morning which was a real shame.

The Bacardi Lindy's have really impressed me to date and I will be sending a couple of mares this season for sure,"he said.

The way his stock are starting to fire on both sides of the Tasman, Bacardi Lindy could be in for a very busy stud season.

Harnesslink Media

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