Day At The Track

Training double at Winton for Des Baynes

08:08 AM 11 Feb 2011 NZDT
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Winton harness racing trainer Des Baynes was in fine form at the local meeting held at Central Southland Raceway today (Friday). Baynes picked up two winners late in the day when Ya Dreamin won on debut in the hands of Adam Sanderson, while promising sort Poacher made it a double when he took out the second to last race.

A son of Dream Away, Ya Dreamin was purchased at the New Zealand Premier Yearling Sales by Baynes who races the three year old in partnership with his son Mark. " I bought him at the sales and Mark wanted a share in a horse so he came in on this one, he wasn't here to watch him win because he works on a Ranch just South of Calgary in Canada," Baynes said.

Des Baynes was the first to admit he didn't have the faith to back Ya Dreamin on the tote in his first race-day appearance. "He's going to make a nice late three year old but I don't back the horses first-up as it's just so hard to win, he got a nice run and Adam drove him perfectly." It wasn't long before Baynes fan club were able to celebrate again when enigmatic pacer Poacher put in a brave performance to win the penultimate race of the day. Also purchased at the NZ Premier Yearling Sales, Poacher is raced by the Test Syndicate and is the source of many a social outing for the former rugby mates. "There's eight of us in the horse, we're all former team-mates who used to play for the Edendale Rugby Club."

"They're a bunch of farmers, retired farmers, real estate agents and one of the guy's is Russell Hardy, his son John plays for the Highlanders. We're called the Test Syndicate because we all go away together from time to time to watch a rugby test together. It used to be rugby talk all the time when we went away but now it's all about racing," laughes Des. "This horse hasn't been easy all the way through and it's been a good learning curb for the boys, but he's a nice wee horse and the race suited him today, he's very brave."

A son of Bettor's Delight and The Holmes Legend, Poacher showed brute stamina to over-power his rivals close to the line to win by one and a quarter lengths. Poacher has an Art Major half brother in this year's sale being prepared by Ken and Anne-Marie Spicer who were responsible for breeding both horses.

The Highlights:

Top Sire: Live Or Die, Washington VC and Bettor's Delight 2 wins.

Top Trainer: Des Baynes 2 wins.

Top Junior Driver: Adam Sanderson 2 wins.

Top Driver: Nathan Williamson and Adam Sanderson 2 wins.

Results from the Winton Harness Racing Club's meeting held today (Friday) were:

Race 1: The Tom Kilkelly trained THE GUARDSMAN (Washington VC) Nathan Williamson.

Race 2: The Brian Norman trained MEXICAN INVASION (Armbro Invasion) Andrew Suddaby.

Race 3: The Geoff Gibson-Smith trained RINGWRAITH (Courage Under Fire) Adam Sanderson.

Race 4: The Ken Barron trained JUNIPER BROMAC (Live Or Die) Clark Barron.

Race 5: The Gill Shirley trained DYED BLONDE (Live Or Die) Brent Shirley.

Race 6: The Des Baynes trained YA DREAMIN (Dream Away) Adam Sanderson.

Race 7: The Kirk Larsen trained JAN ULLRICH (Washington VC) Nathan Williamson.

Race 8: The Tony Stratford trained FLYING DIAMONDS (Falcon Seelster) Dexter Dunn.

Race 9: The Des Baynes trained POACHER (Bettor's Delight) Brendan McLellan.

Race 10: The David and Cath Butt trained MALAK USWAAD (Bettor's Delight) David Butt.

Extensive Results

Steve DOLAN

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