If Globalisation was the next big thing for the trots, then Cranbourne trainer Hugh Cathels must have been listening.
He is currently formulating a plot to take his high speed gelding, Garnet River, north to America.
Proving that age is no barrier, the eight-year-old has travelled the width and breadth of Australia, landing at Globe Derby last start where he broke a long standing track record.
And it wasn’t a South Australian native whose mark he bettered. The time was ran during the 2007 Inter Dominion series won by Blacks A Fake.
“In the Globe Derby race he led and just broke the track record of Be Good Johnny in a heat of the Inter Dominion,” Cathels said.
“It’s a record they said would never be broken but he did it and the 1200 metres (this week) suits him down to the ground.
“He’s very very fast but not real tough so I’m not really disappointed with the barrier. Eight is an emergency so sitting behind the leader or three back the fence is about the only way he is going to win a good race like that.”
It could be a memorable weekend for Cathels too; he will have found memories of Sunday’s Tasmanian Derby which was won by his speed freak back in 2009.
He also has Astronaut lining up in Race 7 at Tabcorp Park Melton following a last start win in town.
All going well, the plan hatched to head to the US will take effect within a month as soon to be ex-pat Mat Rue will take charge of the horse for a month.
Cathels will then head over in the hope of training the horse himself for a month in the hope of securing a northern hemisphere winner.
Garnet River has been rated a $7.50 chance with HRV form expert Jason Bonnington from barrier eight with Inter Dominion heat winner Keayang Cullen the clear-cut $1.50 favourite.
By Blake Redden (Courtesy of Harness Racing Australia)