Day At The Track

Jubilation for Ceredigion connections

02:13 AM 07 Jun 2012 NZST
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Home Habana and Rhys Evans
Home Habana and Rhys Evans - get over the top of them to win the £6,000 final.
Kayleigh Evans photo

For those of you that couldn't make Appleby harness racing meeting on Monday (June 4) you missed out on one tremendous horse race. With six heats, every driver was bidding for glory to ensure their place in the final.

Unfortunately Home Habana owned by Glyn Davies trained/driven by Rhys Evans from Tregaron was not one of them after being narrowly beaten by Ayr Miles and Mick Lord in heat two.

So the Evans family had to sit in anticipation. Would they make the final as one of the two fastest losers? With a highly respectable time of 2.42.4, the chances got stronger and stronger as each heat went on. With one heat left to go and still no time faster than heat two, it was definite Home Habana would get his chance in the final.

So the field was set, made up of the six heat winners, Rebus, Ayr Miles, Premier Dream, All Daylon, Astounding and Brywins Magic Potion and the two fasters losers Home Habana and April for Sure. From the betting boards there was no clear favourite.

All Daylon showed an early turn of foot and led from the gate. The eight horse field was tightly grouped and it was Rocker Laidler and Premier Dream that made the first move with Gordon Gilvear and Astounding quick to follow. Coming off the final bend you'd struggle to pick a winner. All Daylon was the first to crack leaving it between four as the line drew closer. Rebus had given his all and would cling onto fourth from the fast finishing Ayr Miles.

So it was down to three - Astounding, Home Habana and Brywins Magic Potion. Connections of all three made their way to the centre. Who had won? Nobody was 100% sure. It was going to be a waiting game, five minutes passed and still no word, it must have been tight. Then the announcement came. "They passed the line in the following order Brywins Magic Potion, Home Habana, Astounding..... 

But there is a stewards enquiry, can the three drivers come to the stewards room immediately." So the waiting continued. After what seemed like an eternity for the waiting connections, the drivers emerged. You could tell nothing from their faces but then the final decision soon followed. Brywins Magic Potion had been disqualified for gaining an advantage by coming inside the pylons on the final bend.

That meant only one thing, Home Habana the five year old home bred gelding by Home Dragon out of Home Jane had landed the big one! The £6,000 prize for the Diamond Jubilee Final would be making its way back to Tregaron. The owner and breeder Glyn Davies was lost for words but the few he did manage were full of praise for 21 year old trainer/driver Rhys Evans. You couldn't have written a better script, it was full of excitement, tension and jubilation.

What a race!!

by Kayleigh EVANS

Footnote:

Ceredrotian represents four clubs throughout Ceredigion - Lampeter, Tregaron, Tanycastell and Ceredigion. Its aim is to promote and develop the sport in the county and beyond, promoting the area's tourism industry at the same time. Ceredrotian is supported by funding received from Ceredigion County Council through the Welsh Government within the Wales Rural Development Plan, the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government Fund.

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