Day At The Track

Illegal Immigrant has bright future

01:36 AM 23 Dec 2017 NZDT
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Illegal Immigrant (Troy Hillier) winning a C1 final in Hobart
Illegal Immigrant (Troy Hillier) winning a C1 final in Hobart
Peter Staples Photo

Illegal Immigrant produced one of the best efforts harness racing seen on the Hobart circuit this season when he powered his way to an impressive win in a C1 final over 2090 metres on Friday night.

With his trainer-owner Troy Hillier in the sulky, the gelded son of American Ideal was set a task when Hillier eased him three-wide at the bell to make his run but he was left stranded and without cover to the homer straight.

But the lightly raced five-year-old was up to the task and made it look easy as he cruised alongside the leaders The Aussie and Buster William and went on to defeat Buster William by over five metres with The Aussie seven metres astern.

Hillier purchased the gelding from New Zealand for an undisclosed sum but he said the two recent wins had helped pay for well over half the outlay.

"I haven't picked out any races in particular for this horse but I know one thing for sure, he's very good," Hillier said.

Illegal Immigrant has had 22 starts for five wins and four minor placings but if Hillier's assessment is correct there are a lot more wins in store.

Peter Staples

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