Day At The Track

Scherbotsky cruises into Harry Holgate Memorial

09:02 AM 30 Dec 2014 NZDT
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Robyn Scherbotsky (Troy Hiller) strolls to an easy win in a heat of Harry Holgate Memorial in Launceston.jpg
Robyn Scherbotsky
Photo GREG MANSFIELD

Twin brothers Rohan and Troy Hillier have always been competitive, especially when it comes to harness racing.

So when Troy took over the training of Robyn Scherbotsky from his brother a short time ago it was going to come as no surprise if Troy fired a barb at Rohan about how he had improved the mare if she won a race.

In Launceston last Sunday night Robyn Scherbotsky led throughout for an effortless win in a heat of the Harry Holgate Memorial over 2200 metres.

With Troy in the sulky, the four-year-old had no trouble finding the front and was never seriously challenged on her way to a seven-metre victory from Frankie Falzoni and Ive Got Oomph.

“She’s definitely improved since I took over the training of this mare,” Troy said with a wry smile.

“She did it well and a front row draw would make her hard to beat in the Final.”

Robyn Scherbotsky has been officially prepared by Troy for five starts, which have netted two wins, two seconds and a fifth.

However, this latest win has caused a bit of friction in the family according to Rohan.

“I don’t mind Troy having a bit of fun with his comments, but he’s been down at Bicheno sun bathing this past week, so I need a bit of credit for the mare’s latest win,” Rohan said.

Robyn Scherbotsky was bred by the Nevele R Stud in New Zealand being by McArdle from the Holmes Hanover mare Reincarnation.

She began her career in May 2013, but didn’t notch her first win until April this year at start number 11.

The other Harry Holgate Memorial heat was won by the Barrie Rattray-trained Who Is Hardeen, which also led throughout.

Who is Hardeen is a promising type which has seven wins and nine placings from 28 starts.

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