Pukekohe based harness racing horseman Steve Phillips maintained his position at the top of the World Amateur Driving Champs following the second round of heats held at Addington Raceway last night (Friday).
Phillips was dealt a harsh blow when he seemingly led after the first round, only to be docked 3 points for a driving misdemeanor at Alexandra Park. The punishment seemed to add fuel to the fire as the determined Kiwi put in an outstanding display of driving in front of a warm and parochial Canterbury crowd.
Steve Phillips won two of the three heats, a winning drive behind the Robbie Holmes trained Tor Riley in heat one was quickly followed by brilliant drive on board outsider Maiden Rome, trained by Robe. "I was pretty excited to be honest, it's not everyday you drive a double at Addington," Phillips said. "The whole series is working very well, most representatives either understand English or have an interpreter, and those who haven't driven pacers before are now getting much more used to it."
German rep Marian Tux won heat two behind the John Hay trained Sonofanearl to put himself in a position to challenge the leaders with the final round of the series to be run at Motukarara tomorrow (Sunday).
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Tor Riley driven by Steve Philips
Maiden Rome driven by Steve Philips
Sonofanearl driven by German rep Marian Tux