Day At The Track

One Over Da Moon set for Derby mission

12:39 PM 29 Mar 2014 NZDT
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One Over Da Moon -looked back to his brilliant best at Addington last night.
War horse Stig: may have reached the end of the line.
One Over Da Moon

After a couple of hiccups at the start of the season, last year’s top two-year-old trotting colt One Over Da Moon looks back on track as he heads towards the $80,000 New Zealand Trotting Derby on April 11.

This was highlighted by the three-year-olds emphatic all of the way victory last night at Addington against older C2 & faster trotters.

“He was having a few issues with a knee around Hambletonian time, but I have treated that and now only work him on soft surfaces during the week,” advised trotting maestro, Paul Nairn.

“He seems right back on top of his game at the moment, and should take further improvement out of last night’s run,” he added.

Nairn now plans on racing One Over Da Moon at Addington again next week, before tackling the Group One feature.

“The 2600 metres will be right up his alley,” says Nairn confidently. “But there are a few nice ones who he is going to have to beat including Majestic Time, who seems to have come back really well.”

“Still, I think my fella is as good as any of them,” he added

Nairn also enjoyed success last night with smart trotting mare Lotalov, who will now contest next week’s $25,000 4-5YO Trotters Championship.

But, while both Nairn and Mark Jones enjoyed doubles on the card, it was the Purdon and Rasmussen team that stole the show, winning five of the eleven races.

Among those winners were smart types Alleluia and Linda Lovegrace, both of who look set for very big seasons.

Meanwhile, the career of champion trotter Stig looks in jeopardy, with a decision to be made on his racing future on Monday.

By Mitchell Robertson

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