Grey trotting machine Idle Bones will now head home to Christchurch to compete in the upcoming Lower Grade $23,500 Super Series Handicap Trot at Addington on the 8th of August after completing a hatrick of wins at Alexandra Park.
The reformed rogue mare, who won her debut before bad manners led to a 16-race losing streak, has now won five of her last six starts and looks set to continue through to open class.
After settling towards the back of the field from her 10 metre handicap, driver Brent Mangos set the Monkey Bones mare a light with a lap to go, looping the field to find the front.
She then trotted along boldly in front, before leaving her rivals breathless and sprinting away for a four and a half length win.
“It was a great race to win as it was a $15,000 stake and her third win at Alexandra Park, so she got the money bags bonus as well,” explained owner Dave McHugh, who has enjoyed a great run as an owner in the last few weeks having also won with Ellmer Hanover and The Yaldy’s Ideal.
“You have to enjoy it while it lasts but unfortunately there is only one way I can go from here and that’s back down again,” he laughed.
McHugh was full of praise for trainer Paul (Tank) Ellis, who also shares in the ownership of the grey mare.
“She has given 'Tank' a few headaches but he has stuck with her and now we are getting the rewards,” said McHugh.
The win landed a few big bets on the talented mare including $10,000 at $1.80 and $3,000 at $1.70
Idle Bones, who had four starts at Alexandra Park during her northern sojourn for three emphatic wins and a narrow second, will head home to Christchurch on Thursday.
“Provided she comes through the trip alright she will start in the Super Series Trot at Addington before heading for a well earned break,” stated McHugh.
By Mitchell Robertson