Master Lavros produced a super front running display to easily win tonight’s Dr Cliff Irvine Memorial Canterbury Park Trotting Cup (Gr3). But, his trainer-driver Mark Jones still thinks the ultra talented five-year-old is better when driven with a sit.
“I’ve never really had the chance to drive him with a sit, but I do still think he is a better horse when driven that way,” said Jones.
Jones paid credit to Jockey Jillian Morris, for all the work she has done with the giant son of Sundon.
“It has definitely been of great benefit to him, and he is a better horse because of it.”
Master Lavros, who made a flying beginning and led from the get-go, had four lengths to spare over Burano at the finish. King Of Strathfield, who was a $10,000 Claimer just four starts ago, spiced things up by finishing into third.
Jones said that Master Lavros would now head to the $25,000 Free For All Trot at Kaikoura.
“We will probably miss the Trotting Free For All and head straight to the Dominion after that,” he added.
Jones said that he was thrilled to have won the race that is named in honour of the late Cliff Irvine.
“My family has had a great association with the Irvine’s over the years, in particular with super mare Tussle, so it was nice race to win.”
By Mitchell Robertson