Day At The Track

Former "Head case" wins Globe Derby feature

12:31 AM 20 Jan 2014 NZDT
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Chuck Wagon
Chuck Wagon
Described by his harness racing trainer, Jill Nielson, as a "Head Case" highly talented Chuck Wagon returned to the winners circle in the feature race at Betezy Park Globe Derby on Saturday Night.
Perfectly driven by Wayne Hill, who avoided the galloping Im Ready Set who caused a false start and galloped again as the mobile pulled away, made a desive move by sending Chuck Wagon forward to race outside the leader, My Independence Day. No sooner had he got to the death when Sonofanearl made a forward move to give Hill and Chuck Wagon the perfect sit.
Hill took the 6 year son of Wagon Apollo to the outside at the 400 meter mark and quickly claimed the lead then raced away to win by 5 meters from Used Tickets who got home hard from the rear and the leader My Independence Day held on for third.
The states leading lady trainer Jill Neilson contributes Chuck Wagon's the success to his Monte racing. She said" it has settled him right down". Chuck Wagon recently performed well under saddle being placed in the SA Heat and final at Melton of the Aldebaran Park National Monte and during the Summer Cup Carnival also finished second to Victorian Lysenko in the Monte.
The large crowd at Betezy Park got their first look at the 2014 juveniles with the 2 year olds gracing the starter for the first time and it was Ima Shark by leading sire Four Stazz Shark who found the lead from barrier one and was never headed. Out of former good race mare Lee Almahurst who has had 8 named foals for 7 winners, amazingly all her winners have been fillies including $100,000 earner Perfect Lignum who won 40 races. All her filly progeny have been multiply winners and Ima Shark looks to have a bright future.

By Gary Newton


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