Day At The Track

Perseverance pays off

09:31 AM 30 Nov 2014 NZDT
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Murray Tapper - Deserves a lot of kudos for his care and management of Levels Legacy
Murray Tapper - Deserves a lot of kudos for his care and management of Levels Legacy
Levels Legacy

Murray Tapper knows that harness racing can be a cruel game at times but even he was beginning to wonder what Levels Legacy had done to deserve all the bad luck he has had.

Bred by a quartet including Murray, Levels Legacy broke in really nice but then suffered a fractured pelvis as a yearling.

" I thought I was going to have to put him down as he was dragging a leg for ages but the vet said it would heal and it did," Murray told Harnesslink yesterday. 

Qualifying as an early 3 year old, Levels Legacy ran a couple of seconds from his first four starts but was immature and was put aside to develop.

Brought back as a 4 year old, Levels Legacy had a couple of placings and was improving with every run when disaster struck at last years Cup week Ashburton meeting.

"He broke down in both fetlocks, tearing the ligaments badly."

I managed to get him home but he couldn't walk at all for quite a while.

I again considered having him put down but he's such a game horse that I thought he deserved his chance to come through this," Murray said yesterday.

Slowly but surely with plenty of TLC, Levels Legacy improved to the point where Murray got the all clear to put him back into work. 

And so nine months after the Ashburton disaster Levels Legacy returned to do battle on the racetrack in August this year.

As you would expect he needed a run or two after such a long absence but a workout a couple of weeks at Ashburton brought a smile to Murray's face.

"He went huge and I went to Timaru last week with real confidence."

"He got a lovely run but when Matthew (Williamson) pulled him out he just battled into third."

"Maybe it was the slushy track but I was pretty disappointed," Murray said. 

So today at Geraldine on the grass Murray was hopeful rather than confident.

Away well from barrier three for regular driver Matthew Williamson in the 1850 mobile event, Levels Legacy slotted into the trail behind the pacemaking Hey Knowchange and was shuffled three back on the inner when Sandvik Star went to the lead at the 1250 mark.

The order was still the same as they turned for home and Sandvik Star grabbed a break as they straightened up.

Working into the clear, Levels Legacy flew the last bit to grab Sandvik Star in the shadows of the post for that elusive first win.

Murray was full of praise for the son of Washington VC after the race.

"He has had so many problems and still has niggles but he has got  huge ticker which is why he is still with us."

"I don't punt that much but had a fair hit on him last week when he disappointed me so I didn't have a cent on him today."

"As long as everything holds together that won't be his last win either but just don't ask me when his next will be," Murray joked.

For Levels Legacy to overcome all the issues he has had to deal with and still want to race shows how game the gelding is.

Harnesslink Media 


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