Trathen breaks 10 year drought

07:33 PM 28 Jul 2014 NZST
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Summer Vacation breaks a 10 year drought for Tim Trathen
Madiba Magic sets a track record at Rangiora

There is waiting a long-time between drinks and then there is dying of thirst and Tim Trathen probably came close to later.

But if he continues to drive his promising trotter Summer Vacation and drives him in the way he did at Rangiora on Sunday he probably won’t have to wait another ten years before driving his next winner.

The popular farrier trained a winner earlier in the season and one back in 2011 but on Sunday it was the first time Trathen had driven a winner since 2004.

Sent straight to the front by Trathen, Summer Vacation was allowed to dictate terms in front before sprinting strongly in the straight to hold off the talented Commander Paris.

He came his last half in 59.8 and his last quarter in 29.2 to hold on for a game win.

By Dream Vacation out of five win mare In Command, Summer Vacation is a close relation to top race mare Meniscus.

He was now had six starts for a win and a further three placings and has been driven by Trathen on each of those six occasions.

Trathen has now trained 15 winners and driven 26 (since 1986) but is more widely known for his work as a blacksmith and a breaker. He did the early educating of Jewels winner Cowgirls N Indians before selling his share in the boom filly.

Meanwhile, Madiba Magic broke the track record at Rangiora for a 2000 metre mobile when pacing the distance in a slick 2-24.8.

Driven by Sam Ottley, the erratic Christian Cullen four-year-old was kept back from the gate early before lobbing the one-one. He then unleashed a powerful sprint in the home straight to overhaul stablemate Lumos and favourite Explosive Art.

Madiba Magic is out of superstar Washington VC mare Foreal, who notched up a double for the weekend. Her smart Art Major two-year-old son Field Marshal was an impressive winner at Cambridge on Thursday and will now head to Australia for the Breeders Crown.

By Mitchell Robertson

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