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Put Mback wins New Norfolk Cup

01:02 AM 27 Jan 2014 NZDT
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Put Mback (right) defeats The Majority (Ricky Duggan) in New Norfolk Cup.jpg
Put Mback (right) defeats The Majority (Ricky Duggan) in New Norfolk Cup.
Michael Laugher interview

Westbury  harness racing trainer Michael; Laugher celebrated his first Norske Skog New Norfolk Cup victory when his consistent gelding Put Mback scored a last-stride win and then had to survive a protest.

Put Mback began brilliantly from the standing start to lead from the pole position but driver Gareth Rattray made the winning move when he handed up to the well-backed favourite Star Chamber 400 metres into the race.

When The Majority moved out three-wide to stake his claim a lap from home the tempo lifted and it was evident a long way from home that it would be a thrilling finish.

Star Chamber led the field into the home straight the last time but Put Mback and The Majority kept grinding away and when they reached the line only a nose separated Put Mback and The Majority.

Duggan fired in a protest against the winner for alleged interference in the home straight but stewards deemed the interference insufficient to warrant reversing the decision.

Rattray said the outcome of the protest was not unexpected.

"The margin was close at the finish but during the protest it was clear The Majority had every possible chance of running my horse down," Rattray said.

Laugher was delighted with the win and was full of praise for his horse's consistency.

Listen to what trainer Michael Laugher had to say about Put Mback's New Norfolk Cup win.





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