Day At The Track

Harriet of Mot on path to the top

04:58 PM 12 Mar 2016 NZDT
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Harriet of Mot
If there has been one nagging question about the winning streak of Harriet Of Mot, it was how would the latest queen of trotting handle the rough and tumble of open class harness racing when she met the best around on equal terms.
 
We got the answer in no uncertain terms today during the Northern Southland Meeting at Ascot Park in Invercargill when Harriet of Mot showed real toughness to go with her trademark speed to put a field of in-form talented  trotters away with ease and in doing so she stamped herself as the big mover in the trotting ranks for next season.
 
Bordeaux with Ricky May in the bike had won his last five in a row and he worked to the front soon after the start and stayed there until attacked by Jag's Invasion and Nathan Williamson who grabbed the front with just over a lap to go.
 
Not long after that John Dunn sent Harriet Of Mot forward from back in the running line and she landed on Jag's Invasion wheel with 600 metres to go.
 
Nathan and Jag's Invasion seemed to put half a length on Harriet Of Mot as they straightened but once she had balanced up, Harriet Of Mot strode to the front with ease and went to the line with plenty left in the tank for another impressive victory.
 
Jag's Invasion stuck on gamely for second, continuing his recent return to form after shifting to the beach with Golden Gate making ground late well for third.
 
Harriet Of Mot trotted the 3200 metres today in 4:05.3 which broke the track record held by Springbank Sam by 1:8 seconds and the mares record held by Bonspiel Tui by 7:6 seconds.
 
 
John Dunn was more than happy with the progress Harriet Of Mot is making.
 
“That was another step up in class today and she handled it really well.”
 
“It is a big learning curve for them when they have to face those open class horses on level terms so to come through it that and still win is another big step forward.”
 
“We are hoping that in the spring she will have learnt the ring-craft to take on the best and so far everything is on track.”
 
“I would love to get a trip one day with her where she could come off the back of a horse after a soft trip as she has blinding speed if driven like that and it would be hard for any trotter going around, to beat her in those circumstances,” John said.
 
Today was Harriet Of Mot's fifth win in a row and her tenth from just 16 starts and took her earnings past the $77,000 mark for the Go Harness Trotting For Fun Syndicate.
 
The Monarchy mare is shaping up as one of the big movers on the trotting scene in New Zealand and the rising five year old seems to have all the attributes to make it to the very top.
 
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