Harness racing in winter always throws up the odd candidate for higher honours during these low key months of the season and this year the prime suspect is the very promising trotter, Idle Bones.
Having her first start at Auckland last night, the 4 year old daughter of Monkey Bones continued her impressive form of late with an effortless 4 ¾ length victory in a 2:02.3mr for 2200 metre journey.
It was her third win in a row and fourth overall, however she has always looked very talented but has often failed to deliver on raceday.
A winner on debut at Ashburton last July, Idle Bones took another 16 starts to win her next race but showed glimpses of real ability during that period without the ringcraft to make it count.
This time in it has all been in place and her last win at Addington before coming north showed how good she potentially is.
Winning by 15 lengths in a 2:00.7mr for 2600 metres made everyone sit up and take notice of this emerging star.
Trained by Paul Ellis at Kaiapoi and raced by him with the mine host of the Yaldhurst Hotel, Dave McHugh, Idle Bones comes from a maternal family steeped in high class trotters.
Idle Fiori has already produced two trotters of note in Idle Wishes ($97,512) and Idle Maple ($93,809) and her dam Idle Choice was a half sister to the champion trotter Idle Scott 46 wins ($585,863)
Idle Bones looks to have inherited all the family ability and if her last couple of wins are any guide, she could be in for a very profitable time next season.