Eyre I Come, who was an impressive debut winner at Timaru on Sunday, will now eye the $100,000 NZ Yearling Sales Series Trotters Final at Addington on Thursday.
“David Gaffaney (trainer) and Greg Hope have always had a very big opinion of the horse, but he has had a few problems along the way,” said owner Grant Hatton.
Hatton purchased Eyre I Come, a son of Majestic Son and well bred mare Landoras Special, for $45,000 at the 2012 NZ Premier Yearling Sales on the advice of Mark Jones.
“Mark and I actually liked him better than the Landoras Special colt the next year which sold for $127, 500,” said Hatton, who is also the owner of top pacer Saveapatrol.
Eyre I Come, who was backed in from $31 on the fixed odds on Sunday, came with a strong finishing burst to beat smart trotter Trouble Rieu. He was driven by Ricky May who will once again partner him in Thursday’s feature.
“We were probably a bit lucky with Lothario galloping in the home straight, but it was still a good effort to pick the second horse up,” said Hatton.
Hatton said that talented trotter Thebestlove definitely looks the one that they all have to beat on Thursday, however he believes his gelding has the game to be highly competitive if he was to do things right.
By Mitchell Robertson