Gelding storms home to highlight driver's talent

12:58 PM 27 Jan 2014 NZDT
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Poker Storm draws clear at New Norfolk
Talented reinsman Ricky Duggan had only a modest day at the office on his home track at New Norfolk on Sunday emerging with only one winner.

But his winner proved yet again what a master he is in the sulky.

Duggan partnered Poker Storm, prepared by his brother Adrian, to a brilliant win in the E. C Plunkett Memorial over 2150 metres, a standing start race for C2 or better performers.

he stepped well from his standing start but was caught behind the pack when moves were being made in the back straight the last time.

Duggan somehow weaved a passage through and on the home turn he aimed his charge to the outside of the field and the six-year0old gelding stormed home to score comfortably from Stormy Tara with Good Beginnings third and just ahead of Prettyboytroy.

Poker Storm had run recent placings going onto the race with his previous win back in mid December.

The gelding has been a good money spinner for his owners with this latest win his 11th but he also has accumulated 20 minor placings from his 71 career starts for just over $60,000 in stakes.

Trainer Adrian Duggan was delighted with the win and said the gelding would most likely back up in Launceston next Sunday night.

Gareth Rattray took driving honours at the meeting with a treble while James Austin and Nathan Ford ended the 10-race card with two winners each.

By Peter Staples

 

 

 

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