Day At The Track

Nicole Harris wins her first race in emphatic style

03:16 AM 30 Nov 2013 NZDT
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A flourish of the whip as Nicole Harris and Classiesistar score a decisive win.

After 15 previous drives, junior reinswoman Nicole Harris broke her driving duck-egg at Addington tonight in impressive style aboard the Nigel McGrath trained Classiesistar.

Driven like the best horse in the race, Classiesistar was sent forward by Harris from his outside alley to find the front, before setting a stern tempo and running his rivals ragged to win by 5 & ½ lengths in a scintillating time of 3-10.3 (1-57.7).

Donegal's Guest (Jason Thomas) and Reklaws Supreme (Robbie Close) finished in second and third respectively.

“He is a great stayer who seems to enjoy a hot tempo, so I decided to take no prisoners tonight,” said Harris. “I’m just a touch excited right now,” she added. “It’s great to finally get the first win out of the way.”

Harris gained her early experience in harness racing working for John McDermott, before taking up a position with McGrath, where she has been for the past three and a half years.

“It’s all I have ever wanted to do,” said the excited young reinswoman, who celebrated the win with brilliant victory salute. “Nigel is a great trainer who has taught me a lot.”

“He certainly has the team flying at the moment that is for sure.”

Harris, who is now in her second season as a junior driver, had racked up four placings before tonight’s breakthrough win.

While the win was Harris’s first, Classiesistar is used to success having already notched up nine wins and $189,000 from just 22 raceday starts.

“He is a super horse and a great one to have won my first race on, I am just grateful to Nigel and his owner John Wolfe for giving me the opportunity to drive the horse,” Harris concluded.

McGrath also enjoyed success earlier in the night with mammoth pacer Strawbs Ideal Act, who was a narrow winner of the $14,000 Graphite Developments Futurity Supplementary over Lewy Risk and stablemate All Cash.

By Mitchell Robertson




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