Day At The Track

Mister Zion returns to track aftter two years

03:25 AM 23 Aug 2012 NZST
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Mister Zion Geoff Webster pictured with Mister Zion
Mister Zion - the winner of 17 of his 45 starts and $240,230.
Geoff Webster pictured with Mister Zion - at the last ever harness meeting at Moonee Valley last month
Duane Ranger photo

It has been more than two years since the Geoff Webster trained Mister Zion has raced at Tabcorp Park Menangle. At his last harness racing start he was favourite before finishing eighth in the 2010 Paleface Adios Sprint, a qualifier for the prestigious Chariots Of Fire.

This weekend he will line up in the last race, an event for trotters.

“It wasn’t long after the Paleface Adios Sprint that I knew I had a problem if he was going to compete as a pacer because he was getting on a knee and just wasn’t trying,” Webster said.

“I tried him with spreaders but he didn’t like those and after giving him a spell I brought him back and one day he was trotting in his work and I just couldn’t get him to break so after a bit more thinking and talking with the connections I made the decision to try him as a trotter and he has done such a great job in such a short time.”

Mister Zion has only raced six times as a trotter for two wins and two second placings and Webster was full of praise for the son of Red River Hanover after his last start.

“He was just outside the track record last time and although he still has to prove himself against the very best, always in the back of my mind are the feature trotting races in Victoria next season. He needs to keep on improving and he needs to hold his form obviously.”

Webster will also bring talented two year old Flaming Flutter to Sydney on Saturday night and is hoping to pick up another victory before the end of the season.

“My owners bought him before he had his first start and they left him in New Zealand with Cran (Dalgety) and he did a good job over there before coming to me and I was very pleased with his effort in the Breeders Crown on Sunday.”

“He will be going to the paddock next week but it won’t be a long break because the three year old features start pretty early and I am hoping to aim him up at some of them if he measures up.”

COURTESY OF HARNESS RACING NEW SOUTH WALES

Mister Zion's last win at Tabcorp Park Melton on August 3, 2012:

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