Day At The Track

Have Faith In Me doubles up at Auckland

05:12 PM 31 Dec 2014 NZDT
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Have Faith In Me - Has now won both of the early season classics for the 3 year olds
Have Faith In Me - Has now won both of the early season classics for the 3 year olds
Have Faith In Me

When Have Faith In Me won the 3 year old Sires Stakes Final on Cup day a lot of harness racing scribes thought he had been a touch lucky and that while a worthy winner, he had things go his way.

When he finished fifth of six in the Alabar Classic and had trouble getting around the last bend at Alexandra Park, the same scribes were quick to discount his chances in todays $200,000 Sales Series pace over 2200 metres.

But yet again Have Faith In Me showed that he was well named as those that stuck with the ship were well rewarded when he ran out a decisive winner this afternoon.

Eased off the gate by driver Tim Williams, Have Faith In Me settled in the one by one early as stablemate Hug The Wind grabbed an early lead before handing up to Mighty Flying Major who immediately handed up to Express Stride after 600 metres.

That was the end of the lead changes as Express Stride kept up a steady tempo in front.

As they turned for home Tim peeled out the one by one and quickly grabbed the leader Express Stride and kicked away for a comfortable victory by a length while stablemate Hug The Wind flashed home late when he got clear to grab second off a game Express Stride.

Hug The Wind paced the 2200 metres in a new New Zealand record of 2:37.6, a mile rate of 1:55.2 with closing sectionals of 56.3 and 27.1.

Tim Williams was quick to credit the horse with all the praise straight after the race.

" The horse deserves all the credit for todays win"

"Its only his first trip away but he has taken it all in his stride.

"We put a pole on today and he got round the last bend no trouble at all"

"Coming to the corner he was travelling beautifully and I knew he would be hard to beat," Tim said.

Tim was also quick to thank the owners, the Dunford brothers for leaving him on the now high profile horse.

" After he won the Sires Stakes I thought they may look for a more senior driver so I am very thankful to them for leaving me on, " Tim said.

Having won the two big early 3 year old features, Have Faith In Me will now be set for the Derbies in the Autumn.

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