The McArdle four year old gelding Lord Baltimore has had a few ups and downs in his brief career to date but turned that all around today with a stylish victory in the Ohoka Pace at the Rangiora Harness Racing Club's meeting at Rangiora.
A virus and a couple of minor niggles have held Lord Baltimore back from racing in the last few months but he looks ready to make up for lost time now.
Originally with Brian Kerr at West Melton, he was transferred to his present trainer Geoff Dunn recently and the change of scenery has turned Lord Baltimore's season around.
After being beaten a nose at Ashburton last week at his first start for Geoff Dunn, Lord Baltimore was sent out favourite today.
Sent straight to the front by Gerald O'Reilly in todays 2000 meter stand, Lord Baltimore always looked to be cruising in front and when asked for an effort as they turned for home he scooted away for an easy three length win.
He paced the 2000 meters from a stand in 2:36, a mile rate of 2:05.5 in the cold winter conditions with closing sectionals of 58.2 and 27.4
Lord Baltimore is raced by three well known stalwarts of the Kirwee Rugby Club in “Dandy” Stewart, “Pup” Hulston and “Gully” Gilmour who have raced horses together for nearly forty years.
The trio are well known in harness racing circles in Canterbury for racing horses with the “Celine” tag over the years with the best horse the trio have raced in recent years being Here Lies A Dream 1:50.3 ($89,192)
Lord Baltimore is from the Holmes Hanover mare Classy Celine 1:58.3 ($39,041) who is closely related to such smart horses as All Most 1:54.2 ($105,925) and Sycamore (8 wins)
It is a family that they bought into when first starting out in the industry in the 1970s on the recommendation of the legendary Jack Litten.
While Lord Baltimore has taken his time to make it to the winners circle, on todays display it certainly won't be the last time.