Harness racing can be a great leveler at times.
All week the word has been out for Big Lucy, who made her raceday debut at Timaru today (Sunday 6th July) in a 2000 meter mobile for fillies and mares.
Another one of the string of youngsters purchased out of the Australian sales by Mark Purdon, Big Lucy has been burning up the trialing track recently with a recent win at Ashburton her best effort.
Even though she only paced the mile in 2:02.5, her closing sectionals of 57.8 and 26.9 without being seriously asked suggested she would take all sorts of beating today.
Running home strongly for second in that trial was the Cran Dalgety trained Storm Maguire with Margarita a close up third and when Margarita easily won her debut on Thursday night at Forbury Park one realised that Storm Maguire was a chance with a run to suit to upset the hot favourite.
And as is so often the case in racing, that is exactly what happened today.
Big Lucy ended up in the trail behind Media Queen and when she handed up to Storm Maguire it put the favourite in a very difficult position, three back on the inside and needing plenty of luck which never came.
By the time Big Lucy cleared the pocket the race was over with Storm Maguire with John Dunn driving just holding on from a fast finishing Sicilian Secret and She's Extreme with Big Lucy finishing an unlucky sixth.
Storm Maguire paced the 2000 meters in 2:31.7 with closing sectionals of 57.8 and 28.8
A two year daughter of Bettor's Delight, Storm Maguire is from the In The Pocket mare, Lethal Mee who has already the dam of the former top filly, Susie Maguire 1:57.7 ($290,784) and the capable Dougie Maguire 1:57.3 ($61,314).
It was an encouraging debut run and held the promise of plenty more to come.