Regal Eagle soars in Star Trek Final

02:44 AM 12 Nov 2010 NZDT
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Regal Eagle and his connections
Regal Eagle and his connections
Marianne Donnelly photo

Harness racing trainer Nathan Hurst gave first time owner Arthur Burchett the thrill of a lifetime when Regal Eagle swooped on the leaders with 100 metres to go to take out the time honoured 2010 Star Trek Series at the Bathurst Paceway on Wednesday night (November 10).

The Star Trek series first run in 1967 was Hurst's first win in the race, his father Kevin having previously won the race in 1994 driving Speculate.

For Burchett, his association with Hurst and to harness racing ownership began only three months ago though a mutual friend.

"One of my best mates is a family friend of the Hurst's so that how I was introduced to Nathan," Burchett explained.

I have always followed harness racing, however after two unsuccessful attempts in the ownership of greyhounds I thought it was time to buy a trotter", Burchett said.

Burchett, who resides in Sydney and is employed by Wiseguy Training as the Head of Hospitality, approached Nathan in August to find him a suitable horse to race.

"Nathan, believed New Zealand was the best place to find me a horse and as he has contacts over there from when he had previously worked for Barry Purdon, it didn't take long before we found Regal Eagle," Burchett said.

The son of Julius Caesar has won three of his six starts since coming from New Zealand and hasn't missed a place in the other three.

"I'm absolutely stoked at the moment, to come to Bathurst with so many of my friends and win a race as prestigious as the Star Trek Final, it's just fantastic."

"All the credit must go to the Hurst family and Matty Rue, they do all the hard work. It's a tough industry to be employed in and I'm full of admiration for the hours they work and the amount of effort they put in."

"You can rest assure when the Carnival of Cups meeting rolls around at Bathurst on Boxing Night, we will need two mini buses to transport my friends form Sydney to watch Regal Eagle go around and hopefully win." Burchett concluded."

Marianne DONNELLY

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