Day At The Track

MacDonald sweeps Raceway features again

01:40 AM 06 Mar 2014 NZDT
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James MacDonald, harness racing
James MacDonald

One week after driver James MacDonald swept Tuesday's Preferred events at The Raceway at Western Fair District, he turned the trick yet again with another Preferred double.

Ostinato was returning to the $10,000 Fillies & Mares Preferred 2 Pace after winning last week's edition, but was given second billing by the betting public in favour of Woodbine shipper Perfectly Royal (Doug McNair). Perfectly Royal was sent to the front by McNair but pestered for the lead by 2013's WFD Horse of the Year Rachel Olivia (Alfie Carroll).

With those two slugging it out on the front, the chances to pounce from off the pace were good and that's exactly what MacDonald did. Setting up three wide around the final turn but only two lengths from the lead, MacDonald tipped Ostinato off cover in the lane and the mare responded with a swift brush to power past the leaders and hit the wire three parts of a length the best in 1:57.2.

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