Day At The Track

Rebma continues to improve and impress

01:19 AM 24 Jun 2013 NZST
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Amanda Tomlinson and Ken Ford Amanda Tomlinson
Amanda Tomlinson and Ken Ford
Amanda Tomlinson
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West Melton based harness racing trainer Ken Ford never goes too long without a handy trotter in the stable and looks to have found another one in the form of Rebma.

From a humble begging, Rebma was unplaced in his first seven starts, but since then his form has continued to slope upwards and he has now had three wins and three placing from his last nine starts.

"I'm not saying he is an Aramid (10 wins, ($75,000) or a Zuri (12 wins, $175,000) just yet, but he is definitely heading in the right direction," said Ford after Rebma's impressive second-day win at Waterlea Raceway in Blenheim.

That second-day win Ford speaks of followed a luckless first-day second, where the showy Armbro Invasion four-year-old stormed home late after locking wheels in the early stages.

The horse that beat Rebma that day was Doctor Bones, who incidentally is trained by Ford's brother Barry.

But as good as Rebma was on day one, his second-day performance was probably even better.

"He trotted beautifully today. He was absolutely faultless," said Rebma's co-owner and driver Amanda Tomlinson.

For Tomlinson it was shades of a performance put up by another handy trotter of hers a few years back - Zsa Zsa.

"She won in similar fashion on the second-day at Blenheim, and got best presented, just like we did today," smiled Tomlinson.

"I took Rebma to Nelson in the summer to begin his racing career, and actually thought he would be a good chance of winning one. But after qualifying his from plateaued and he stopped improving," said Tomlinson.

"Now he just seems to be improving every week," she added.

Rebma has raced five times in the last sixteen days and would have finished in the top two on each occasion had he not been disqualified for a late gallop three starts ago.

When asked if Rebma would continue to race through the winter, Tomlinson quite rightly replied "Do you not know you never turn out a trotter in form."

by Mitchell ROBERTSON

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