Paulette Screen’s decision to fly Canterbury junior reinswoman Samantha Ottley to Cambridge for two drives tonight was justified when the 23-year-old delivered a pearler of a drive on Regal Petite to claim victory in Raelyn Butler Memorial Trot.
“I had never met Paulette before. She just rang me out of the blue. She was even trying to get more drives for me as well, but no-one came forward. Paulette said she liked my driving. That was really nice to hear because I really enjoy what I do,” Ottley told HRNZ reporter, Duane Ranger.
Ottley’s first drive for the night was on Classy Ambition who could only managed eighth, but that was all forgotten when Ottley and Regal Petite powered home for a 1 & ¼ length win over Be Seein Ya (Andrew Veint) and Ivanov (David Branch).
The talented but sometimes erratic daughter of Majestic Son and Petite’s Pride never put a foot wrong for Ottley, and after working forward early managed to drop into the trail. From there she travelled sweet as a nut, before coming out to stake her claim in the home stretch.
It was Regal Petite’s sixth career victory at just her 16th start. Paulette Screen also owns the mare along with W A Screen.
It was Ottley’s first trip to Cambridge Raceway but, after tonight’s success, something tells me it won’t be her last.
Earlier in the night, Boronova upset at odds of $58.60 to give Adrian Wohler his second training success. It was Bornova’s first start for Wohler after being leased off Luk Chin. After Wohler’s first training success he was rushed away to hospital with chest pain soon after but this time he was able to soak it all up
By Mitchell Robertson