It is not very often that harness racing trials in winter unearth a really nice horse but thats what happened today at the Banks Peninsula Trotting Club trials at Motukaraara.
There were only three horses entered in the qualifying trot but that didn't stop the three year old Sundon gelding, Sunny Pride from showing great manners and a big motor.
Running along from the outset he stopped the clock for the 2600 meters stand at 3:25.8, a mile rate of 2:07.3, finishing 39 lengths in front of the runner up and a whopping 15.7 seconds inside the required time.
It is the fastest time recorded in a qualifying race for trotters since the all weather track was first opened..
When you have a look at his maternal pedigree you soon understand why he can run like he did today.
He is the second foal from a daughter of the smart trotting mare Doncella (4 wins) who left such talented types as New Year Whiz (7 wins), Fizz Pop Bang (6 wins) and Whatariskybizniz (5 wins)
Doncella was a half sister to the very speedy Flame Up 1:55.8 (8 wins)
It is a family that Murray Edmonds has had a lot of success with over the years and if today's run is any guide then it won't be long before the family has its next smart trotter.