Day At The Track

Major In Art sires first New Zealand winner

01:41 AM 19 Jun 2013 NZST
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Not much gets past the team at Harnesslink, but one thing that did was Major In Art’s first New Zealand winner, Major Sam, who was victorious last Friday night at Addington.

Trained by

ark Jones, the two-year-old brown colt settled back in the field before

mproving wide on the track an sustaining a gallant bid to win in gutsy fashion.

Mark was

leased with his debut effort for driver Anthony Butt to finish best from good

ate finisher, Graywackee Star, prepared by stable foreman Regan Todd, in the

ands of Blair Orange. Major Sam's 2YO debutante stablemate, Strike On Command,

as a close-up third after settling handy on the outer for Mark, in an all

verport Lodge-trained trifecta.

Major Sam

ill now head to the spelling paddock for six weeks provided he is not sold to

ictorian interest.

"We've had interest for him,

s he is Vicbred eligible, so he will be an attractive buy," said trainer

ark Jones.

"If he's not sold, he'll

ead to the paddock as there is nothing here for him in upcoming weeks,"

e said.

Major Sam, bred

y Frances and Max Bowden, and raced by the breeders with son Lyndon, rated

:59.9 for the mobile 2000m.

Major Sam, a colt by fast Art Major stallion Major In Art (p2, 1:50.8 & $US849,154), is the second foal from

he unraced Holmes Hanover mare

recocious Arden, a half-sister to Sarkozy (six wins, 1:58.7 mile rate, 2100m,

ust), Arden's Trump (1:54.2, US) and Blanca Martinez (two wins).

The Bowdens' were attracted to

rand-dam Oh So Precious, as she is from the same family as smart fillies:

teady Lady (1:55.4, US, nine NZ wins, 14 USAwins), Steady Niatross (TT, 1:59),

agnificent Yield (TT, 1:58.4) and 1979 Northern Oaks winner Speedy Girl (six wins).

As for sire Major In Art he has

nother two New Zealand qualifiers in Major Patron and Miss Conception, neither

f which have raced.

In Australia however, he has

lready sired seven individual winners, the best of them being Major Cruiser (3

ins, $14,00) and Lukey (2 wins, $19,696)

By Mitchell ROBERTSON

Paint The Moon ends track hoodoo for win

He hadn't quite admitted defeat, but Motukarara horseman Murray Edmonds was starting to wonder if his consistent trotter Paint The Moon was ever going to win a race at Addington this season.

On 20 occasions he had loaded the faultless trotter on to his float and trekked him into Addington, and on 20 occasions he chucked him back at the end of the night and went home with a close, but no cigar. That was until Friday night. The rising 9-year-old finally broke his Addington hoodoo for the season on the back of a perfect drive from junior driver Robbie Close, winning by three lengths. But the euphoria of success and a $4335 payday wasn't the only cause for celebration.

Paint The Moon became the 10th horse to pick up the Met Multiplier bonus at Addington this season for horses who have raced on the track 15 times with at least one success. At start 21, you can begin to understand Edmonds' frustration. "I knew he wasn't going to be far away," Edmonds said. "He had gone a really good race to finish second the week before so it was just a case of him getting the ounce of luck that he needs."

Paint The Moon became the 10th horse to earn the bonus, but the first who reached the required number of starts without having tasted success, meaning he had to keep racing until he was victorious to claim the prize. In total, and including the $7500, he has picked up more than $23,000 in stake earnings at Addington since the beginning of the season and has only finished outside of the top six four times.

Edmonds said he would now be sending Paint The Moon to the spelling paddock after what has been an tough campaign, but he expected him to be back again next season. "When he came to us he had suffered two back suspensory injuries so to remain sound and do the job he has done is quite an achievement. "He certainly isn't a classy horse but you know each time you line him up he is going to do things right and give his best. And at the moment that isn't a bad thing in the grade he is in."

Before Friday night, Edmonds had already picked up a bonus with another of his stable runners, Pammy's Boy, so naturally he is a big fan of the concept. "It's a great idea from Addington. It actually entices you to race your horse there whereas I would have normally looked at heading to somewhere like Nelson with Paint The Moon. And it is good to get some reward for being loyal to them as well."

Addington has paid out $75,000 in bonus money already this season, but it is expected it may have to write at least six more cheques before the end of the season. Intermediate grade pacer Samuel James is the next in line for a payday, having had 14 starts

Courtesy of Harness Racing New Zealand

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