Day At The Track

Syndication dream comes to life

11:21 AM 14 May 2016 NZST
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Aimee Edmonds, of Motukara & the $140k
Shelley Caldwell photo

Four years ago Noel Kennard’s dream to introduce an affordable way of horse ownership kicked into gear.

And today, on the same day that GoHarness Syndication lined up its first runner – Franco Harrison, the ever-growing brand is in with more than just a runners’ chance of getting their hands on their biggest victory to date.

Harriet Of Mot will take on a strong field of trotters in the Lone Star Riccarton Sires’ Stakes Aged Trotting Classic this afternoon at Addington, looking to put the final stamp on what has been a whirlwind season for the exciting four-year-old trotter.

Soundly beaten into second last weekend behind the equally as a promising Great Things Happen, Harriet Of Mot tonight gains a 10 metre relief from the handicapper and will head to Addington a lot fitter than what she was last week.

“We knew she would probably need the run,” co-trainer Aimee Edmonds said.

“But I didn’t think they would go that quick to be honest. If she had happened to win that race with the time she went she would have broken Kincaslough and Habibti’s national record.

“So that run will have definitely done her the world of good for this week.”

Edmonds, who trains in partnership with her father Craig, said it had been a case of letting the lightly framed mare find her own way in the proceeding last week’s appearance.

“She had the next day off, and then an easy time of it for a couple of days.

“But she has bounced back from the run really well and I know we are going to be taking a different version of her than what we did last week.”

With high speed and just as much staying prowess, John Dunn, who has been astutely placing the mare in her races, will have some decisions to make once he has settled his charge into her work.

“Her speed is ridiculous when she is saved up for one run, but she can be just as good doing a little bit of work.”

Great Things Happen, who has now won his last five races for Gavin Smith, is there again today and will be sure to make thing interesting.

There’s a mutual respect in both camps for each other’s charge too.

“I’ve got a lot of time for Harriet Of Mot,” Smith said last week.

“She’s an incredible trotter, there’s a lot of respect there.”

Edmonds too was complimentary of her biggest rival ahead of today.

“Gavin’s horse is going so well at the moment and was very good last week.

“He’s going to be awfully hard to beat again.”

Bookmakers opened Great Things Happen with a $1.80 quote while Harriet Of Mot opened at $3.

The Edmonds combination have a chance at big race success earlier in the day too when Muscles Galore, the half-brother of Harriet Of Mot, tackles the PGG Wrighton New Zealand Yearling Sales Series Final for two-year-old trotters.

The son of Monarchy got it all wrong last time out, but Edmonds was prepared to forgive and forget.

“Johnny (Dunn) said he got pretty fired up so we have taken the blinds off him this week.

“He’s got enough ability to match it with them if things go our way I thought his Rangiora run was great I thought.”

The Greg and Nina Hope trained, Enghein, is the warm order favourite for the $65,000 event with the Gavin Smith pairing of Di’z Luck ($5.50) and Miracle Rising ($4.80) the only other two horses in single figure prices on the fixed odds market.

Enghein opened at just $1.55 last night.

Muscles Galore is a $15 chance.


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