Border Control records quickest last half at Addington

11:03 AM 24 Jan 2014 NZDT
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Border Control - steams down to the line to hold off Dongal's Guest.

Gun four-year Border Control dashed his last 800 metres in 53.9 last night, to not only claim victory C3-6 Pace, but also record the quickest ever last half run at Addington.

“It is an absolutely phenomenal half isn’t it?” said co-trainer – driver Mark Purdon. “He must have jumped a shadow down the back or something, because I nearly lost him, so it was a good effort for him to regain his composure while going that speed and still win.”

The extremely talented son of Bettor’s Delight, who also holds the overall New Zealand One Mile record of 1-50.6, will return to Addington on January 31st, before setting his sights on the Chariots Of Fire in Sydney.

John Dunn (Donegal’s Guest) and Nigel McGrath (Classiesistar) were also more than happy with their charges, which finished in second and third respectively.

Meanwhile, trainer-driver Mark Jones is not panicking over a gallop which saw Master Lavros run down the track at odds of $1.15.

“He was better off to do it (gallop) in that race than the last time he was here (The Dominion),” laughed Jones. “He was just hanging the whole way, so we will make a gear change and come back here on the 31st for the Seelite Windows & Doors Summer Trotting Free-For-All. I’m not panicking yet.”

In other news, Nicole Harris enjoyed her second career victory when winning aboard The Brigadier who was ultra impressive, while Nigel Charmers continued his good run in the Amatuer ranks, notching up his third win at just his sixth drive.

By Mitchell Robertson

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