Day At The Track

McMath goes two better - 9 wins out of 12

06:44 AM 03 Jan 2010 NZDT
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NZ Prime Minister, John Key shakes - Mark Purdon's hand while Auckland Reactor looks on.
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Mark Purdon and Grant Payne might have trained a record seven winners at Auckland Trotting Club's meeting at Alexandra Park on New Year's Eve but Brian McMath of Flair Equine Nasal Strips went two better, creating his own New Zealand harness racing record.

There were 12 races programmed and nine of the winners were using McMath's nasal strips. These included all seven Purdon and Payne runners - Major Mark, Pocaro, Kotare Mach, Joyfuljoy, Highview Tommy, Meredith Maguire and Russley Rascal. His other two victories came via the Cran Dalgety trained Smiling Shard and the John Hay trained and driven Houdini Star.

"It's been a wonderful record-breaking day and tops off a record-breaking year for us. Today just highlights how advantageous nasal strips can be to a racehorse. The nasal strips not only reduce resistance in breathing but they also reduce fatigue, lung stress and bleeding. Energy consumed during work is also reduced. This is a fantastic day," McMath told Harnesslink on race-day.

2009 was a bumper year for Flair Equine Nasal Strips. Franklin-based McMath said the highlights included:

1) Mr Feelgood winning the Interdominion Grand Final.

2) Auckland Reactor winning the Auckland Cup, New Zealand Messenger Championship, the Noel Taylor Mile and the Harness Jewels Final.

3) Bettors Strike winning the Victoria and Tasmania Cups.

4) Recording four winners on Harness Jewels Day at Ashburton.

5) Smiling Shard and Tuhimata Glass winning on Breeders Crown Day at Melton.

6) Nearea Franco and Rider On The Storm finishing first and second in the Kaikoura Cup.

"It's been a great season so far and I'm sure the success will continue. Nasal strips were also approved for thoroughbreds in Australia last year so I don't think the wins are going to dry up in a hurry," McMath said.

Duane RANGER (editor)

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