Day At The Track

Rookie pacer rates fast time

07:21 PM 29 Mar 2017 NZDT
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Maywyns Courage
A brilliant 1:55.2 debut from Maywyns Courage yesterday (Tuesday) at Albion Park.
Dan Costello Photo

Harness racing juvenile pacer Maywyns Courage produced a scintillating performance at Albion Park yesterday (Tuesday). And it augers well for an exciting freshman season for the precocious talent.

Prepared by Graham Dwyer, the first starter blazed off the gate and led throughout in the Egmont Park Sprintlane Pace in a time of 1:55.2 – easily the quickest time for a two-year-old in the Sunshine State this season.

Sectionals were covered in 26.8, 30.8, 29.5 and 28.4 seconds.

Maywyns Courage scored by a widening margin of 15.75 metres from Lucky Unlucky and Maythehorsebewithu.

The gelded son of former champion pacer Courage Under Fire is from the Mach Three mare Nonni Sheffield and bred by Denis Pangrazio.

Nonni Sheffield went winless during her 7 start career before heading to the breeding barn.

Maywyns Courage is the first foal from the mare.

The youngster was purchased by Robert and Pam Essex at last year’s Australian Pacing Gold Yearling Sale in Melbourne at a cost of $22,000.

And he is closely related to Maywyns Best, a pacer that the Essex couple is racing with good success presently, the Blissfull Hall gelding is the winner of 17 races while banking more than $80,000 in prizemoney to date.

The rich Australian Pacing Gold Final is scheduled for April 29 and will take place in Sydney at TABCORP Park, Menangle.

A heat of the series will be staged at Albion Park on April 11.

The final is worth $322,000.

Maywyns Courage is also eligible for the Australasian Breeders Crown plus the Vicbred series.

Chris Barsby

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