Friday was a night to savour for Andy and Kate Gath as their two stable stars staked serious trans-Tasman claims for the ensuing two months.
Caribbean Blaster started the action with a gutsy 2.3-metre win over champion Smoken Up.
In a race where Melpark Major shot off the arm to lead, and Smoken Up sat parked, Caribbean Blaster was forced into a three-wide move in the final lap but it certainly worked as he joined the leading pair on turning.
When they straightened up he had the momentum in his favour, and despite Smoken Up battling back as best he could, the Victoria Cup hero had enough in hand to take the race.
Saint Flash rushed along the pegs for third just behind Lance Justices’ superstar pacers.
The last half was completed in 55.9secs with the mile coming in a speedy 1:55.4.
Elegant Image made it a night to remember for the Long Forrest team as he did it tough to win the Maoris Idol FFA.
The Great Southern Star runner-up sat parked for much of the race before racing away at the point of the bend to secure a 4.3-metre victory.
Tender Don ran a comfortable second off the back of some exciting form while Prettylilangeleyes held third.
The last half was trotted in a quick 56.7secs and the mile in 1:57.0.
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by Blake Redden (Courtesy of Harness Racing Australia)