Day At The Track

Patience finally pays off for Fiona Baigent

08:02 AM 12 Jul 2013 NZST
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That first training success can often be quite elusive, just ask Templeton harness racing horsewoman Fiona Baigent. She waited almost six seasons and 135 starts before finally landing her first training success at Addington Raceway tonight (Friday July 12).

Chargedownking, who himself was having start 39 tonight, had been a model of consistency, before Fiona's partner Roddy Curtin finally managed to get him over the line in first place. And even then they had to withstand a protest.

"He has just been so unlucky, he should have won one well before now," said an understandably chuffed Baigent.

"It's great to finally get that first one out of the way, it definitely hasn't been easy."

"Sometimes those ones that take a while to win their first one, come out and win another one pretty quickly, so hopefully that will be the case with this one," she added.

Baigent, who as well as training her own helps out Margo Nyan, said that she believes Chargedownking could also have a future as a trotter.

"He can trot just as quickly as he can pace, so once he is done as a pacer we may look at converting him."

Baigent currently has one other horse in work in Coyote, who she says is a promising maiden.

In case you hadn't already guessed, Baigent is an avid Ruby League fan.

"Chargedownking is named after Steve Price and his little brother by Art Official is called Mannering," she laughed.

Chargedownking upset at odds of $43 & 7.10 for a place. He is also owned and bred by Fiona Baigent.

Meanwhile, the feature pace was taken out by Bit Of A Legend, who was an emphatic 2 length winner. He will now return to Addington next week for a heat of the Breeders' Crown before heading across the ditch to defend his title.

By Mitchell ROBERTSON

 

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