First win in six months for Im Mark Anthony

02:09 AM 14 Dec 2009 NZDT
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Im Mark Antony
Im Mark Antony - Will now tackle the $50,000 City of Launceston Cup
Peter Staples Photo

Former Kiwi harness racing pacer Im Mark Antony notched his first win in almost six months when he led all the way to take out the $20,000 Devonport City Council City of Devonport Quality over 1930 metres on the small showground circuit on Sunday night.

It was the Victorian's first win since he was successful in Tasmania in June.

While he doesn't possess brilliant gate speed, he had enough early zip to hold the front from the pole position and from there on in it was a procession.

His driver Daryl Douglas admitted that the horse's best chance to win was to lead but the plan was almost stymied.

"He hasn't got great gate speed and at the start I thought it was touch and go to hold the front," Douglas said.

"But once he did the race was over. He's a very good horse when he's right," he said.

Im Mark Antony was sent out the short-price favourite ($1.70) and once he led punters were edging towards the payout queue long before he hit the line a clear winner over stablemate Captian Cullen and the Grant Hodges-trained Yakuza.

Trainer Alan McDonough was satisfied with the effort.

"He was put out of the draw when he blew the start and galloped at his previous start in Hobart last week so I had to trial him at Carrick yesterday (Saturday) and he's had to front up here tonight, so all things considered it was a tidy effort to win like he did," McDonough said.

Im Mark Antony will tackle the $50,000 City of Launceston Cup (mobile) in Launceston next Sunday night before tackling the $125,000 Group 1 Tasmania Cup (standing start discretionary) a week later.

Peter Staples

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