John Dickie's reputation as one of New Zealand's best trainers of trotters was enhanced at northern harness racing headquarters - Alexandra Park - tonight (Friday September 16) when his 6-year-old mare, Great Getaway won fresh up after her Interdominion Grand Final seventh, on April 8.
It was her ninth win from 34 lifetime starts ($93,124) and fifth on the track. The win didn't surprise Dickie.
"She's a handy mare and she's been working sensational this week. This isn't really a surprise the way she's been training.
"I'm going to take her to Christchurch for the Cup Carnival," Dickie told Harnesslink.
Dickie's son Josh drove the gutsy Dream Vacation mare like she was always going to win the race - sitting parked for the last 1600m of the race.
But even from her 30 metre handicap and racing in the open, the 6-year-old was still too tough for her seven opponents winning the 2700m stand in 3:29.9 -last 800m in 58.3 and final quarter in 29. Mile rate: 2:05.
"She's a lot better than what most people think. This is a good sign for the season. I remember when the market for the Interdominion opened she was ranked about 150, yet she still made the Final.
"She's definitely confirmed her South island trip now," said Dickie who also trains age-group trotting giants Paramount Geegee and Flying Isa.
Former Trotter-of-the-Year Sovereignty was a ‘next up' third after finishing third in his first race since his fifth in the Inter Dom Final.
Now a 7-year-old, the tough Waikato squaregaiter still has unfinished business, and don't be surprised to see the Sean McCaffrey trained son ofnotch up win number 21 at short notice.
Footnote: John Dickie's other open class trotter - Real Deal Yankee finished sixth in the 2011 Ordeal Trotting Cup at Addington Raceway tonight (Friday September 16). The Paul Nairn trained and David Butt driven Musgrove won that Listed $20,000 Trot.
By Duane RANGER (editor) at Alexandra Park
ALEXANDRA PARK HIGHLIGHTS:
Top Trainer: Jeff Crouth 2 wins.
Top Sire: Bettor's Delight and2 wins each.
Top Junior Driver: Zac Butcher, Josh Dickie and Mitchell Kerr 1 win each.
Top Amateur: Tim Vince (Race 10).
Top Driver: Ten races and 10 different winning drivers.
Results from the Auckland Trotting Club's meeting held tonight (Friday September 16) at Alexandra Park Raceway in Auckland were:
Race 1: The Rhys and Pene Fensom trained BETTOR REASON (Bettor's Delight) Zac Butcher (j).
Race 2: The John Dickie trained GREAT GETAWAY () Josh Dickie (j).
Race 3: The Jeff Crouth trained LADY UNDER FIRE () Brent Mangos.
Race 4: The Jeff Crouth trained STORMY SIROCCO () Peter Ferguson.
Race 5: The Ray Green trained BESOTTED () Maurice McKendry.
Race 6: The Gareth Dixon trained MERV (Bettor's Delight) Mitchell Kerr (j).
Race 7: The Ian Small trained ZENOLA STAR () David Butcher.
Race 8: The Doug Gale trained BIGPROUDANDREADY () Frank Cooney.
Race 9: The Michelle Wallis trained DESERT QUEEN (Monarchy) Peter Ferguson.
Race 10: The Ken Sefonte trained CHEROKEE FRANCO () Tim Vince (amateur).