Day At The Track

Keeping it in the family

04:00 PM 29 Aug 2016 NZST
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Sea Eyre (middle) and Richard Brosnan beating Precious Moment (11) to give The Pres a siring quinella at 'The Park' on Friday night. The Pres
Sea Eyre (middle) and Richard Brosnan beating Precious Moment (11) to give The Pres a siring quinella at 'The Park' on Friday night.
The Pres - A son of Andover Hall is really hitting his straps as a Stallion
Sea Eyre is making a habit of beating home another trotter by his own sire when he wins. The harness racing gelding by The Pres has scored two victories to date, and on both occasions he's gotten to the post ahead of a year-older trotter who shares the same father.
The first time was at Addington on February 19 this year when Sea Eyre defeated I'm Not Eyre, then last Friday night at Alexandra Park he did it again - prevailing in a tight finish over Precious Moment to set up a $127 quinella!
It's fair to say that the pickings have been slim in between wins, but like a lot of trotters who are learning their craft, Sea Eyre had a few wee issues that needed ironing out and the decision to send him north has started to pay dividends.
Raced on lease by Palmerston-based horseman Ricky Allen, Sea Eyre joined the stable of Richard Brosnan a couple of months after clearing maidens and his new trainer speaks highly of the now 4-year-old gelding out of Viola Chiola.
"Ricky thought that a change of scenery might help," Brosnan said, explaining the temporary arrangement.
"And the horse's issues aren't anything major, just a lot of little things; it always takes time to get to know them and work out what suits."
The chinks in Sea Eyre's armour included a couple of steering issues and his tendency to "fire up" on raceday, but Brosnan's confident that he's slowly turning things around.
"He's actually really good-natured and is beautiful around home, plus on racenight he'll be as quiet as anything too - until you get him out onto the track, when he turns into a right handful.
"He'll be hard on the bit, and the trick is trying to get him to save that until later in the race; even when he's been wild at times though, some of his runs weren't that bad.
"We've changed a bit of gear and are hopefully getting him sorted now, because he did seem more relaxed on Friday."
It's too early to tell whether Sea Eyre will climb as high as the Open Class ranks, but the man who's currently putting the polish on this son of The Pres believes he can win more.
"He might not be a star but he's a nice, handy trotter - and I do think he's still twelve months away yet," Brosnan said.
"There's only a few around by The Pres up here, but they've done quite a good job.
"We've bred two ourselves, out of Baltic Sun. The first one was born with a badly offset hoof and never raced, which was a pity really because it was such a lovely natured horse.
"But I've broken in a 2-year-old full-sister and she's nice too; I've got no problems with them."
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