Day At The Track

Rising 11-year-old wins $150,000 Rowe Cup

10:49 AM 03 May 2013 NZST
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Three years ago it appeared Stig's harness racing career was over. A leg injury had left him doing promotion work for dual sulkies. Fast forward 36 months and the rising 11-year-old is now the Group One $150,000 Rowe Memorial Cup champion for free-for-all trotters.

“The Rowe Cup is the reason I bought Stig. I saw Take A Moment win the race and thought I want to win it to. That was over 10 years ago.

“This horse never fails to surprise. He’s one of the toughest trotters I have ever seen,” said his Waikato co-owner Jim Boyd.

Trained by master Leeston conditioner Paul Nairn, it was Stig’s 21st win in 51 starts. His bank balance now sits at just over $800,000.

Driver David thought the Armbro Invasion gelding was going to be hard to beat once he got to the front at about the 800m mark.

“He’s a tough old bugger and was travelling really well tonight. If ever a horse deserved to win a Rowe Cup it’s this fella.

“I’m delighted for the owners and of course Paul, who has again proved just how good a trainer of trotters he really is,” Butt said.

Winner’s time for the 3200m stand:4:6.15

Mile rate: 2:03.8.

Last 800m: 60.2.

Last 400m: 30.3.

Winning dividend: $4.60.

Margins: 1-1/2 lengths, nose, and nose.

Place-getters: Springbank Sam (Mathew Williamson) and Boizel (Dexter Dunn).

The last 13 winners of the Rowe Cup have been:

2012 May 3200 I Can Doosit Fr Breckon Racing Syndicate Mark Purdon 4-05.0

2011 May 3200 I Can Doosit Fr Breckon Racing Syndicate Mark Purdon 4-08.2

2010 May 3200 Sundon's Gift Fr N N Botica Chris Lang 4-08.5

2009 May 3200 One Over Kenny Fr L E Williams, Mrs H R Williams Tony Herlihy 4-07.0

2008 May 3200 Our Sunny Whiz Fr R A Southey, R M Southey, K A Southey, Mrs S D Lean Maurice McKendry 4-12.4

2007 May 3200 One Over Kenny 10M L E Williams, Mrs H R Williams Tony Herlihy 4-09.0

2006 May 3200 Inspire Fr Red And White Syndicate, R G H Thomson, G J Nairn, P C Nairn Paul Nairn 4-13.0

2005 May 3200 Martina H Fr K D Marr, I D Malcolm Derek Balle 4-09.4

2004 Apr 3200 Lyell Creek Fr Mrs K L Butt, G A V Bruton, The Creek Syndicate Anthony Butt 4-07.7

2003 May 3200 Take A Moment 15M Long Drive Syndicate Anthony Butt 4-08.0

2002 Apr 3200 La Coocaracha 15M L J Christou, S Christou, B Meani, G Meani Kerryn Manning 4-05.3

2001 Mar 3200 Lyell Creek 15M A M Butt, G A V Bruton, The Creek Syndicate Anthony Butt 4-06.0

2000 Mar 3200 Lyell Creek 15M G A V Bruton Anthony Butt 4-05.8

By Duane RANGER (editor) at Alexandra Park

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