You could have been excused for thinking you were watching a race at The Meadowlands if you flicked on Trackside at around 11.08pm last night.
Firstly, there was a USA pacer called Johny Rock competing in the race and secondly, Dexter Dunn was getting vertical in the sulky as he reined Vice Chairman through four very tidy quarters.
It was a daring drive that paid off big time, with nothing baring Tiger Tara, who was a certainty beat, able to eat into his leeway in the home stretch.
In the end, Vice Chairman stopped the clock at a blistering 1-51.9, which shaved 0.7 seconds of the previous track record which was set by Gold Ace in the New Zealand Free-For-All.
Tiger Tara, who got held up badly rounding the final bend, closed strongly to finish 1 & ¾ lengths away in second, while Johny Rock was very good in his New Zealand debut, finishing a further ¾ of a length away in third after sitting parked on the hot tempo.
Of the rest, Saveapatrol made good late ground to finish fourth after starting from an impossible barrier draw.
Although a good viewing spectacle, the race reiterated two things – When on his game, Vice Chairman is a good horse, and, horses that draw badly over the one mile at Addington virtually have no chance, especially if the leaders run along a bit in front.
The fact that three of the last four miles that have been run at Addington have been won by horses drawn in either barrier one or two is proof of the pudding.
By Mitchell Robertson