Day At The Track

The "pig men" strike again

02:39 PM 06 Jul 2014 NZST
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Gotta Grunter

Well known Selwyn pig farmers Pete Molloy and Ray Seebeck have had a succession of nice horses around them over the years and their latest harness racing winner at Timaru today (Sunday 6th July) in Gotta Grunter is no exception.

It is never hard to spot their horses at the races as most have a reference to pigs in their name.

Ever since their smart racehorse Three Little Pigs 1:59.7 ($55,135) in the nineties, the two pig farmers have had a succession of horses with a "piggish" name.

By the son of Christian Cullen, Gotta Go Cullen 1:58.3 ($1,127,567), Gotta Grunter is from the speedy Badlands Hanover mare Sheza Grunter 1:59.8 ($21,482)

Starting his career with Spreydon Lodge trainer Steve McRae, Gotta Grunter looked very promising early on, running second at his first three lifetime starts.

But from there Gotta Grunter had a few issues and his form fell away.

A transfer to the Mark Jones Woodend beach stable followed and he was having his first start for his new trainer when he won today with regular pilot Craig Thornley in the bike.

Sent straight to the front from his inside draw, Gotta Grunter was attacked a couple of times mid race but still had enough in reserve to hold on for a deserved success.

He paced the 2600 meters mobile in 3:19.6, a mile rate of 2:03.5 with closing sectionals of 58.7 and 29.5.

One thing you can be sure of is that this latest win by these two well known characters of harness racing in Canterbury will be celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm at one of the local watering holes tonight.

Gotta Grunter

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