Day At The Track

Track record for Somejoy

10:00 AM 25 Mar 2018 NZDT
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Somejoy after winning at Winton
Photo Bruce Stewart

Logic said Somejoy would easily win her heat of the Southern Belle Speed Series today (Saturday) and she did just that.

From barrier nine driver Blair Orange realised he was on a hiding to nothing if he pressed forward so he eased the mare out of the gate and settled at the rear.

At the 600, Dexter Dunn who was second last driving Especial, decided to press forward and Orange got right on her back. Just  before the turn Somejoy was running into the race four wide. Orange just had to  run the reins over her rump and she responded to win easily by two lengths from a game Especial.

The mile was cut out in 1-53.2. It was a new track record for four year old and older mares. The previous record of 1-53.3 was set by Rocker Band in 2015.

Somejoy winning in 1-53.2                        - Photo Bruce Stewart.

Trained by Clark Barron at Rakauhauka , the Somebeachsomewhere mare was fitted for her assignment today with two trials at Winton on the 14th March and three days ago at Wyndham, winning both impressively. 

"She does take plenty of work. We're lucky to have the Southern Belle series and after the final we'll have to reassess things I suppose. I haven't thought as far as the Jewels but it's a possibility," said Barron.

It was the mare's eighth win from just eighteen starts and six of those have come this season.  

"She's a lot stronger this year but we've been lucky enough to race the same pool of horses down here which makes her look good." 

The winning time was 0.1 of a second outside of Kiwi On Show's Southland record of 1-52.2.

The wins also means she surpasses her dam Jumpforjoys record of seven career wins.  

"Like her mum her gait is immaculate."

So the next race on the radar for Somejoy is the Southern Belle Speed Series Final on this track over the 1609  metre distance on 14th April. It's a race Barron hasn't yet won but this year could be different.

"I've always been all for it. We've been luck enough to to keep a lot of mares and fillies and you always try to target those sort of races."  

Bruce Stewart
Southland Harness racing


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