The West Melton trainer Gavin Mills has had a lot of success in harness racing over the years with progeny from the Vance Hanover mare, Fair Play.
Of course the one Gavin will always remember the most is the one that he sold to the present starter in Canterbury, Pete Lamb.
Named Play On, the son of Bellam won an Interdominion Final for Pete Lamb at Alexandra Park in 2005 on his way to earning a very healthy $290,966.
Even after Play On, Gavin has never been tempted to cover Fair Play with fashionable sires but it hasn't stopped the mare from producing four other winners including Another Player ($62,008), Will Play ($52,758) and Lighting Play ($41,052).
The most recent winner from the mare is the Thanksgiving gelding, Thanksforplaying who won his second race for the season and third overall when he was successful in the Moore Architecture Handicap Trot at Ashburton today Sunday the 20th of July.
Away well for a change, driver Chris McDowell settled him in the trail after 300 meters and from there Thanksforplaying got shuffled back to the point where he ended up five back on the inner at the 800 meter mark.
Still five deep as the field turned for home, Chris McDowell angled him out to the centre of the track and he came with a storming late run to win going away from a handy field of lower grade trotters.
Thansforplaying trotted the 2400 meters from a stand in a smart 3:07.1, a mile rate of 2:05.4 with the last half off the front in 60.3 and the quarter in 29.7.
Even though he ran a couple of nice thirds at Nelson and Malborough recently, Thanksforplaying was completely let go by punters, paying $59.10 for the win.
Thanksforplaying is his own worst enemy most of the time but as today showed, when he trots all the way he is very hard to hold out.