After finishing second in the race last year with Daenerys Targaryen, Trevor Casey and the All Stars team went one better this year with Arya, who was a narrow winner of the $25,000 Group 3 2YO Trotters Stakes at Addington last night.
“We were a narrow second behind One Over Da Moon last year, so It was nice to go one better this year,” said the prominent owner-breeder.
Arya, who is just the second New Zealand winner by champion sire Angus Hall, was given a nice run by Colin De Fillipi before being peeled out late to gun down his stablemate Prince Fearless, who was good in defeat, by the barest of margins.
Speeding Spur was game in third after sitting parked, well favourite Monbet recovered well to finish fourth after making an uncharacteristic break.
“I don’t think I mind this family,” quipped Colin De Filippi who trains and drives Arya’s Group One winning older brother Stent.
Arya paid odds of $11.50; however Casey wasn’t overly surpised by the win.
“She was always going to be better with a couple of runs under her belt, however I do feel she will be a better horse again next season,” he advised. “The whole family seem to get better with a bit of age. Stent had two starts as a two-year-old for two gallops so she is off to a better start than him,” he enthused.
The two-year-old pacing event of the night was taken out impressively by the Cran Dalgety trained Art Union, while the All Stars pair of Assassinator and Icobar, who are both co-owned by Casey, finished in second and third.
By Mitchell Robertson