The Clark Barron trained and driven Jumpforjoy was the major benefactor in a hotly run Sires Stakes Fillies Heat at the Tuapeka Harness Racing Club's meeting held at Forbury Park today (Sunday).
The daughter of Bettor's Delight was sent out a warm favourite by punters, but it was the Robbie Holmes trained Motu Racy Girl that showed all the gas at the start of the 1700m race run in a smart 1.55.8 mile-rate. Jumpforjoy worked early to remain handy on the outer throughout, the three year old filly then unleashed an irresistible finish to overhaul Motu RacyGirl before fighting off the challenges of Miss Moonlite and Southwind Arden.
Backing up from a 1.54.8 second to Mossdale Allan last start, the half sister to Joyfuljoy (1.54.4) showed now ill affects from the run by turning in another superlative performance today. "She's got a big motor, and to be honest that last run didn't really bother her," said Clark Barron. "She's a beautiful pacer and appears to have the all-round game, that includes her ability to recover well from a hard run." A tall athletic filly, Jumpforjoy enjoyed three and a half months in the paddock after her two year old campaign, and has filled out nicely says Barron.
"As you'd expect she did pretty well from her spell, she's filled into herself but still has a way to go yet before she's fully matured." Barron hasn't really looked past today as far as planning goes, but a conservative approach will still be taken at this early stage. Raced in partnership with Alex McDonald, the pair have enjoyed considerable success together with the likes of Lento (15 wins, 1.56.4), Whanau (10 wins, 1.57.1) and the dam of their latest star, Joyfulbelle (8 wins).
On a perfect day conjusive to quick times, Jumforjoy wasn't the only one clocking exceptional times. Later in the day a strong field pacers lined up in the Tuapeka Cup. A new track record was establish by the Nigel McGrath trained and driven Anvils Best Ever, beating home Lord Forbes and Life Decision in an unbelievable time of 3.59.7 for the 3200m stand, smashing the previous best set by Highview Tommy of 4.03.2. After starting off 20m the Weedons horseman found the front with a lap to run with Anvils Best Ever, at the top of the straight McGrath cut the son ofloose, exploding away into the distance to crush his rivals by a staggering eight lengths!
Top Sire: CR Commando 2 wins.
Top Junior Driver: Carl Hannah.
Top Driver: Nigel McGrath and Hamish Hunter2 wins.
Top Trainer: Nigel McGrath and Hamish Hunter 2 wins.
Results from the Tuapeka Harness Racing Club's meeting held at Forbury Park today (Sunday) were:
Race 1: The Mark Jones trained and driven COMMANDER JEWEL (CR Commando).
Race 2: The Lyndon Durham trained MIYABI () Carl Hannah.
Race 3: The Alex Milne trained and driven CAESARS CHANCE ().
Race 4: The Jeremy Douglas trained and driven PANDORAS DIAMOND ().
Race 5: The Nigel McGrath trained and driven ANVIL ATTACK ().
Race 6: The Clark Barron trained and driven JUMPFORJOY (Bettor's Delight).
Race 7: The Carl Middleton trained and driven PINK DIAMOND (CR Commando).
Race 8: TheNigel McGrath trained and driven ANVILS BEST EVER ().
Race 9: The Hamish Hunter trained and driven THE SMILER ().
Race 10: The Hamish Hunter trained and driven FRANCO LEDGER ().