Say what you want about Cambridge horsewoman, Nicky Chilcott, the 41-year-old is still one of New Zealand's best female harness racing drivers - not matter what pressure she may or may not be under.
One day after appearing in the Hamilton District Court for allegedly importing designer drugs into New Zealand, Chilcott still knows how to train and drive a winner.
In fact her drive behind the 5-year-old gelding she trains - Leroy Brogden - in the second event at Cambridge raceway tonight (Thursday December 6) was one of her best in years.
When others attacked Chilcott elected to sit quietly three back on the markers with the son of. Then when the gaps opened up in the straight she zapped along the markers for a classy victory.
This latest triumph certainly rubber stamps why Chilcott is New Zealand's leading female harness racing driver. As well as 331 ($2.2 million) training victories since 1998, the Waikato horsewoman has also driven 510 ($3.3m) winners since 1993.
It was Leroy Brogden's third win in 39 starts and second from 21 attempts on his home track.
Winner's time for the 2700m mobile: 3:22.43. Mile rate: 2:00.6. Last 800m: 60.3. Last 400m: 29.4. Margins: 1-1/4 lengths, 1-1/4 lengths, and 4-3/4 lengths. Place-getters: Lucky John (Philip Butcher) 2, Ergo (Scott Phelan) 3, Guilty Verdict (Lynn Neal) 4. Winning dividend: $.5.60 (fourth favourite of seven).
Leroy Brogden, who has now won $20,000 in purses, is owned by the Reigny Day Syndicate, K. J. Orr, C. G. Thomas, G. C. Munro, G. J. A. Gillanders, and Mrs L A Chilcott.
The bay was bred by G. M. Bowen and Mrs J. J. Bowen. It was his first race since finishing seventh at Cambridge on June 28.
CAMBRIDGE RACEWAY HIGHLIGHTS:
Top Trainer: Geoff Small 3 wins.
Top Driver: Josh Dickie (j) and Simon Lawson 2 wins each.
Top Junior Driver: Simon Lawson and Josh Dickie 2 wins each.
Top Amateur: Ival (James) Brownlee Senior (R8) 1 win.
Top Sire: Eight races and 8 winning stallions.
Results from the Cambridge-Te Awamutu Harness Racing Club's meeting raced at Cambridge Raceway this evening (Thursday December 6, 2012) were:
Race 1: The Geoff Small trained BETTOR ARDEN (Bettor's Delight) David Butcher.
Race 2: The Nicky Chilcott trained and driven LEROY BOOGDEN ().
Race 3: The Geoff Small trained COPPAGOODONE () Simon Lawson (j).
Race 4: The Mark Purdon trained SIR TOSTI MACH () Josh Dickie (j).
Race 5: The Geoff Small trained THE MAGIC () Simon Lawson (j).
Race 6: The Derek Balle trained and driven REGAL PETITE ().
Race 7: The Steve Telfer & Chris Garlick trained FREESPIN () Josh Dickie (j).
Race 8: The Ival Brownlee trained ANVIL JUSTICE () Ival (James) Brownlee Senior.
by Duane RANGER (editor)
Leroy Brogden winning tonight's second race thanks to a superlative drive from his trainer Nicky Chilcott: