Day At The Track

Blue blood shows touch of class

11:19 PM 08 Aug 2014 NZST
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Kevin Townley - Has done a great job with Shell Seeker
Kevin Townley - Has done a great job with Shell Seeker
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Shell Seeker

Solar Fire was an outstanding two and three year old trotter in the late 1990s, and a harness racing star on both sides of the Tasman.

By the time the daughter of Yankee Reb went to stud she had won 14 races and amassed $213,205 in stakes.

There was an expectation that her foals would carry on in the footsteps of their dam but in the early days it wasn't to be.

From her first seven foals, Solar Fire produced just two winners with Hot Vacation (2 wins) her best performer.

And then Sheemon appeared and all her previous foals were forgotten.

To date Sheemon has had 36 starts for 12 wins and 19 placings for $249,273 in stakes and looks set to be a major player in all the elite trotting races as a five year old.

The next foal from Solar Fire after Sheemon was a filly by CR Commando named Shell Seeker. 

Raced extensively at three, she showed glimpses of real ability coupled with a lack of ringcraft.

Slowly but surely her trainer Kevin Townley who is a renowned conditioner of trotters, has moulded Shell Seeker into a racehorse.

A couple of good thirds in strong fields recently pointed to her being a big chance in the Alabar Super Series Consolation at Addington tonight. ( August 8th)

Sent to the lead early by driver Dexter Dunn in the artic like conditions, Shell Seeker was attacked by Innes Boyz and took a trail after 800 meters.

Fifty meters later Dexter whipped her out of the trail and back to the front with 1500 meters to run.

From their she kept up a steady clip and turning for home it was obvious Shell Seeker had the field in trouble.

Dexter just kept her up to the mark in the straight as she held on for a comfortable win. 

She trotted the 2600 meters from a stand in terrible conditions in 3:23.8, a mile rate of 2:06.1 with closing sectionals of 62 and 29.5.

While there are obviously more wins in store for Shell Seeker before she retires to the broodmare barn, it is there that her real value lies.

Not only is Shell Seeker a half sister to Sheemon from a champion racemare in Solar Fire, but her grand dam is a half sister to none other than the champion racehorse and sire in Sundon ( 27 wins) ($264,085).

It is a family thats continues to excell and is keenly sought after by breeders in New Zealand.

Harnesslink Media


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