Day At The Track

Stent brilliant first-up after a spell

08:48 AM 21 Oct 2013 NZDT
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Stent - With Trevor Casey and Colin De Filippi
Duane Ranger Photo

Master Canterbury horseman Colin De Filippi has driven in heaps of Group One races to get too excited about training and driving his first Dominion Trot winner - but the 61-year-old does know he’s got a huge show of doing just that at Addington Raceway next month.

“I’m never one to get carried away about winning Group Ones because there’s so many good horses in the race and so much can happen both between now and race-day and then in the actual race.

“In saying that I couldn’t be happier with where Stent is at,” De Filippi said.

The 5-year-old son of Dream Vacation was ultra-impressive at Addington Raceway on Friday night (October 18) when winning his first start since finishing third behind Cyclone U Bolt and Escapee in the Harness Jewels final at Ashburton on June 1.

Stent was simply too strong in the $10,000 Rosalie Bay’s Breeders Crown for 6-plus win trotters. Owner Trevor Casey nailed the quinella when favorite Escapee ran second.

“It’s the first time he’s put on weight while he’s been out. He’s come back bigger and stronger this time in, and he’s trotting really well,” De Filippi said of last season’s Group One $100,000 Anzac Trot winner.

Stent settled in the second half of the field and then De Filippi sent him three-wide in the home straight to be left parked at the bell.

They then got cover thanks to Raydon down the back straight. The duo then pounced at the 400m and hunted down the favorite Escapee, and then breezed past her to win untouched by three quarters of a length.

Stent, who started from the 10m back mark, trotted the 2600m stand in 3:17.8 (mile rate: 2:02.4) with final 800m and 400m sprints of 59.1 and 28.7 seconds. He was the second favorite and paid $3.70 to win.

De Filippi said Stent was always traveling well.

“The spell has done him the world of good. He’s always been the type of horse who needed time. From day one he told me he was talented.

“I don’t think I helped matters by racing him as a 2-year-old. But now that he’s five he’s really starting to hit his straps,” De Filippi said.

De Filippi said the Dominion Trot was one race he always wanted to win.
“I drove Pompallier to win it for Richard Brosnan back in 2005 and I did run third in the race with Dad’s horse Cee Ar (1975).

“I’ve won the other big trot, the Rowe Cup, with So Long Eden (1995), so it would be nice to train and drive this fella to Dominion win.

“But like I said you can never get too far ahead of yourself in this game,” the master horseman said.

De Filippi said Stent would have one trial and then race at Kaikoura before the $200,000 Dominion Trot on November 15 (Show Day).

Stent was bred by Casey and M.J. and Mrs J.M. Bowden.

He is the first of three foals (and only winner) out of the 11-win ($116,114) winning Sundon mare Belle Galleon.

The talented bay has now won 11 of his 30 starts and placed in 12 others for $213,642 in purses.

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Courtesy of  Duane Ranger and Harness Racing New Zealand

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