Day At The Track

Orange raises the bat for another century

12:22 AM 20 May 2016 NZST
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Blair Orange
Blair Orange

For the 3rd time in a row, one of the leading Harness Racing drivers in the country has managed to break the 100 win mark for a season.

Canterbury based Blair Orange bought up his century at Forbury Park tonight, aboard the Ken Barron trained Illegal Immigrant.

The 3yo American Ideal gelding was a dominant 3 ½ length winner and was crunched into a $2.50 favourite by punters.

Barron/Orange and owners Prospero No 1 Syndicate also picked up another victory on the night when 3yo Real Desire gelding Brunello won Race 6.

The Prospero No 1 Syndicate will also have Amazon Lily in the New Zealand Oaks on Saturday. The Bettor's Delight 3yo has drawn barrier 1 and is set to receive a beautiful trip with Golden Goddess drawn beside her in barrier 2.

While many were stunned with Orange’s decision to shift from the powerful All Star’s stable at the end of the 2014/15 season, to join forces with West Melton trainer Ken Barron. The move paid dividends, with Barron recording a personal season record of 51 wins in the 15/16 season. Those wins came from just the 241 starters and included 42 seconds and 27 thirds.

This season the Barron/Orange combination has picked up 34 wins and 44 minor places from just the 179 starts.

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Illegal Immigrant

Andrew Fitzgerald

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