At this time of year in harness racing in New Zealand with all the major races for 2 year old pacers having already being run, a lot of trainers tend to start their juveniles in maiden races to earn some stake money before they are turned out or head off to bigger targets offshore.
Ken Barron did just that last weekend at Auckland, backing up Mighty Flying Major from Jewels action the week before in a maiden race in which he bolted in by five and a half lengths.
This week Ken is at the other end of the country at Forbury Park with his very promising two year old, Regal Ideal.
This 2 year old son of American Ideal and Shards A Flyin was a star at the early season trials back in November, accounting for such smart types as Hug The Wind, Kept Under Wraps and Iceobar.
Bred by well known Australian breeder Neville Cranston, this son of American Ideal is bred to be good.
Not only is his dam a full sister to the outstanding Sly Flyin 1:53.6 ($911,689) and a half sister to the speedy filly, Spicey 1:57.9 ($183,183) but she is also a half sister to Sly Shard, the dam of Smiling Shard 1:53.7 ($1,089,831) and Pemberton Shard 1:55.8 ($161,129).
Raced by two of the stalwarts of the Barron stable in Steve Thompson and Grant Dickey, Regal Image should be very hard to hold out in his debut start tomorrow.