Day At The Track

Nathan Ford's greatest moment in racing

07:48 AM 22 Dec 2014 NZDT
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An emotional Nathan Ford celebrates Star Chamber's Tasmania Cup win
Photo Peter Staples

Exciting pacer Star Chamber gave young Tasmanian trainer-driver Nathan Ford his greatest moment in harness racing with an empathic win in the $40,000 Tasmania Cup at Tattersall’s Park in Hobart yesterday.

So impressed with the win, Ford suggested he will head to the Group One A G Hunter Cup in Melbourne in February.

Star Chamber landed in Ford’s stables about this time last year and he declared six months later the gelding would win feature and Group races while in his care.

Today his prediction was realised and stamped the flashy chestnut as one of the brightest prospects in the state.

It was an emotional Ford who was brought to tears when asked to describe his biggest win.

And when his father Scott Ford, who has won just about every feature race in Tasmania except the Cup, arrived to congratulate his son, he was unable to hold back the tears.

Star Chamber began well from the pole, but was crossed by the in-form Blue Pointer, which led with ease from barrier two.

The $1.20 favourite Im Corzin Terror was held back at the start to settle near the rear and when Chris Alford made his move just over a lap from home, he was forced to sit three-wide until they were well into the home turn the last time.

Blue Pointer had a kick at the top of the straight, with Im Corzin Terror under extreme pressure to overhaul the leader, but when Ford eased Star Chamber off the pegs to challenge, the son of Our Sir Vancelot stormed home to win easily from Im Corzin Terror and Blue Pointer.

Star Chamber rated 1:57.8 for the 2579-metre trip, with the last half covered in 58.63 seconds.


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