Well knowned and respected harness racing stallion owner and promoter Noel Kennard is feeling a touch better tonight after James Castleton upset the favourites in the Metalcorp Ltd Handicap trot at Addington Raceway.
At this point last night Noel was wondering if he was going to be around to see the seven year old gelding by Sundon race after suffering a heart attack and being rushed to the emergency department at Christchurch Hospital.
Good luck was shining on Noel last night as he was only three minutes from the hospital when the attack happened and after an over night stay he is now resting at home tonight.
James Castleton is only a recent addition to the Kennard racing team having been brought out of the Northern All Aged sale at the end of May for a paltry $600.
A full brother to the talented Castletons Sun who won eight, James Castleton had won a race when in the barn of Graham Rogerson and Peter Blanchard but was out of form when sold at Auckland.
Now trained at West Melton by Ken Barron, James Castleton had looked unlucky two starts back at Addington but was still overlooked by most pundits leading into the race.
Settling back, James Castleton only had three behind him after 400 meters and he was shuffled back to last with a lap to run of the 2600 meters race.
Thats when driver Blair Orange got onto the back of of the three wide train and from there he got a lovely drag up until the corner where he eased off Indiana Jones back and sprinted quickly to grab a game Silver Fox in the shadows of the finishing line for a very smart win.
James Castleton trotted the 2600 meters in 3:22.1 in cold conditions and I'm sure the performance was a tonic for Noel after yesterday.
Harnesslink would like to wish Noel all the best and a speedy recovery and the way James Castleton won tonight, he might have plenty to cheer about in the next few months.