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Escapee moved to the Ken Barron barn

02:38 PM 14 Aug 2015 NZST
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Escapee - Has moved from All Stars to the Ken Barron barn
Escapee - Has moved from All Stars to the Ken Barron barn

Harness racing can be trying at times as anyone who has been in the industry for any length of time will be able to tell you.

One who knows this better than most at the moment is owner of the year, Trevor Casey

For all his recent success Trevor is experiencing a few bumps in the road trying to keep Escapee's new campaign on track

The plan had as its immediate aim the Dominion Handicap in November.

The plan is up in the air at the moment but that doesn't mean that she won't be racing this season

Its just that she won't be racing from the All Stars barn.

Mark and Duane Marfisi knew that Escapee would need special handling during her comeback but with the big spring team getting ready for racing, the extra time required to put into Escapee was just not available at the All Stars barn.

As a result, Escapee is to be tried in in a different environment.

Never an easy horse to train, Escapee has had a long absence after having a foal but after a very promising start this time in at the All Stars barn, she has caused problems for Duane.

"When she gets upset she just takes off and one day when we had a gear problem I had trouble pulling her up on the straight track."

"She just never came back to me" Duane said.

Mark trialled her a few days later but she pulled very hard and he recommended a different approach to owner, Trevor Casey.

" Mark thought that since he wouldn't be home at Rolleston for several weeks yet, that a move away from All Stars might help, " Trevor told Harnnesslink today.

"After consulting with Mark, I have moved Escapee to Ken Barron's barn."

" Blair (Orange) is there and he handled Escapee a lot when he worked at All Stars.

" He has driven her and knows her so it seemed a logical move."

" She is off to the trials at Ashburton on Tuesday so we will all be a lot wiser after that," Trevor said.

Escapee has always been a high class race mare and would certainly add another dimension to the trotting features in New Zealand if she made a successful comeback to the track.

Harnesslink Media

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