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QPC won...now for New Zealand

12:21 PM 26 Oct 2014 NZDT
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For A Reason was too classy in the QPC
Photo courtesy NSWHRC
Belinda McCarthy won her second QPC as a trainer

Success in last night’s opening leg of harness racing’s Grand Circuit has For A Reason on target for a trip across the Tasman.

Pleasing connections with his Queensland Pacing Championship victory at Albion Park, For A Reason has been set for a two-start campaign on the Shaky Isles.

Beginning with the famed New Zealand Cup, the son of Art Major will also tackle the Free-For-All three days later.

Should all go according to plan, For A Reason will then return to trainer Belinda McCarthy’s New South Wales base for the Miracle Mile.

“We couldn’t be happier with him,” McCarthy said. “After two solid runs back he was in top order for the main race and went exactly how we expected.

“Being a bit older and a stallion it was always going to take a couple of runs to get his fitness up.

“As long as he travels home well from this trip, we will make plans for the New Zealand Cup.”

Driven by McCarthy’s reinsman-husband, Luke, For A Reason began quickly to lead from barrier three before being eased to take a trail behind in-form local, Avonnova.

Angled into the passing lane during the concluding stages, For A Reason sprinted to a two-metre win from Avonnova.

Our Hi Jinx, a stablemate of the winner, was a metre-and-a-half away third.

“It was a pretty good result for the stable,” McCarthy said. “Both went really well, which was great to see.”

Rating 1:56.8 for the 2680-metre journey, the eight-year-old continued the McCarthy dominance of the Group One.

The McCarthy family has won eight of the last 10 editions of the feature, beginning with Luke’s success behind Cobbity Classic – trained by his father, John - in 2004.

Luke then trained and drove Slipnslide to glory in 2005 and ‘06, with John finishing third on both occasions with Be Good Johnny.

Four years later Luke repeated the dose with Mr Feelgood, which was too classy in 2010 and ‘11.

John finished second with Washakie in 2010 and fourth with the same pacer the following year.

Father and son joined forced to score with Washakie in 2012 before John combined with Belinda to win with Ideal Scott last season.

Only Natalie Rasmussen’s two wins with Blacks A Fake in 2008 and ’09 have stopped the McCarthys during the past decade.

The race was not run in 2007 due to the Equine Influenza breakout.

  • PAUL COURTS

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