Day At The Track

Outside trip helps Firstclassflight into winner's circle

10:20 AM 20 Mar 2014 NZDT
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Doug McNair, harness racing
Doug McNair drove Firstclassflight

Firstclassflight was treated to a second-over trip in Tuesday’s $10,000 Fillies & Mares Preferred 2 at The Raceway at Western Fair District, and a result the former claimer was able to win the featured tilt in going away fashion for trainer Dave Menary.

Doug McNair mapped out the winning trip for Firstclassflight, who now boasts a 2-2-0 record in her first four starts since being claimed for $10,000 on February 3.

Sent off as the 6-5 favourite, Firstclassflight got away fifth before grabbing the cover of first-over attacker Cards That Count going to the mid-way point. Firstclassflight made a three-wide charge in the backstretch and then used a :30.3 closing panel to win by 2-1/4 lengths over Cards That Count in 1:57.2. Black Magic Eyes took home the show dough.

Taylor Spitzig celebrated her first training win on Tuesday night as her own pacer Winwood Nick wired the fourth race field at Western Fair Raceway

Driven by Lorne House, 11-1 longshot Winwood Nick ($24) established the lead early in the $5,000 claiming event and held off second choice Royal Sir for the half-length victory in a two minute mile. Favourite My Perfect Heart finished three and a half lengths behind in third.

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