Day At The Track

Harness briefs - 14th October 2017

06:49 AM 14 Oct 2017 NZDT
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Winning team, Barry Purdon and Zac Butcher

Jack's Legend is still well in contention for this years Christchurch Casino Trotting Cup, after winning the fourth running of the $20,000 Holmes DG, a race named in honour of late ATC president Kerry Hoggard.

Trained by top harness racing trainer Barry Purdon, Jack's Legend was thirteenth in the Cup rankings yesterday, but will improve quite a few spots after last nights win. 

Jack's Legend (Bettor's Delight - Larissa Rose) was driven last night by Zac Butcher, who had the Bettor's Delight 4yo in front from the start, before running very quick last sectionals to hold on and win by a short margin. Jack's Legend ran the 2700m stand in 3-25.7, with a closing 800m in 55.3 and 400m in 27.9 seconds.

Later in the night, Butcher and Purdon also combined to win with Raptors Flight, who beat stablemate Opoutama by a neck in 2-43.1 for the 2200m mobile.


Jack's Legend winning last night

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Top harness racing driver Blair Orange has increased his lead in the national drivers championship, after driving three winners at Addington on Thursday night.

Orange who is driving like a man possessed, won with B D Love, Amazon Lilly and Star Commander on Thursday and he has a great chance of increasing his lead with drives in every one of the eleven races today at Gore.  He also has several drives at Methven on Sunday.

Blair is currently sitting on 38 wins for the season, 23 wins clear of second equal placed David Butcher, Dexter Dunn and Matthew Williamson who have all had 15 wins each.

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Classy mare New Years Jay has been retired after fracturing a hind cannon bone. The daughter of Washinton VC was lightly raced, but still managed to win eight races from thirty life-time starts.

 

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