Day At The Track

Baldock shines at first start for new owners

04:41 AM 11 Oct 2016 NZDT
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Baldock with his band of new owners with trainer Marc Butler (far right) Baldock storms home to win the Crown Lager Pace over 2090 metres
Baldock with his band of new owners with trainer Marc Butler (far right)
Peter Staples Photo
Baldock storms home to win the Crown Lager Pace over 2090 metres
Peter Staples Photo

Lightly raced six-year-old harness racing pacer Baldock gave his new owners plenty to cheer about when he powered his way to an impressive win in the Crown Lager Pace over 2090 metres in Hobart on Sunday night.

With multiple premiership-winning driver Gareth Rattray in the sulky, Baldock faced the breeze early before Rattray pushed on to find the front but he was forced to take hold and take a trail when Safari Sunshine pressured for the lead.

When the leaders moved clear turning for home Baldock lost ground but when Rattray balanced his charge for the run home the gelding ran on powerfully to score by over three metres Lockaway Kacie and Safari Sunshine.

It was Baldock's first start for Marc Butler who purchased the horse after one of his close friends inquired about racing a horse.

"My mate was keen to get a horse so I looked around and found Baldock that was with trainer Heath Szczypka who had him for sale," Butler said.

"My mate got a few workmates involved and I'm sure they were all rapt with the horse's first start for the group.

"I got him about three months ago and it's taken a bit of time to work him out but I reckon from what he showed us tonight he can win a few races.

"He wobbled a bit around the corner tonight and lost ground but I should be able to straighten that out.

"We can't take any notice of his time tonight because the wind was so strong they were lucky to stay on their feet."

Gale force winds swept across the rack early in the night and were probably at their worst for the first three races.

Baldock (Christian Cullen-The Summer Wind) had 38 starts for a win and a dozen minor placings before making his way to Butler's stables at Dysart.

Peter Staples

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