Four-time New Zealand Trotting Cup winning driver Todd “The Wizard” Mitchell will be the Methven Trotting Club’s guest drive at their annual March meeting, next week.
Following on from two successful appearances by Tony Herlihy in the past two years, Mitchell was offered the opportunity to try his luck on the picturesque Mt Harding course for the first time and jumped at the opportunity.
Regarded by many as the best grass track surface in New Zealand, the Methven track is also renowned as a tricky track to win a race on and was described by Herlihy as one of the toughest tracks to win a race on that he has driven on.
After an unsuccessful first visit, Herlihy picked up a win on his return trip when saluting the judge with Jackaroo Bromac for trainer Mark Jones.
So the challenge is well and truly set for Mitchell to try and better the effort of Herlihy when he debuts next week.
Methven Trotting Club president Bruce Harper said the club was excited to have Mitchell on course this year.
“Todd has a great reputation as a driver and a real rapport with horses,’’ he said.
“He’s long been considered one of the best in the business and it’s a privilege to have him as a guest driver at this meeting.
“Tony Herlihy’s two appearances sparked interest from North Island punters and we have no doubts that Todd will do the same.’’
Mitchell currently sits just 30 wins shy of his 1000th career driving win while his 195 wins as a trainer and many victories in the thoroughbred code only further underline his talents with racehorses.
The Waikato horseman will be available for drives throughout the entire day of racing and trainers interested in utilising his services can contact Matt Markham on 0275107115.
[Matt Markham | The Press [Sports & Racing Journalist]