Day At The Track

Vincent Langdon nabs his first Australian win

03:31 AM 09 Mar 2011 NZDT
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Vincent Langdon Vincent Langdon with Mach It Paid
Vincent Langdon
Vincent Langdon with Mach It Paid - at Flamboro Downs in Canada.

Just less than three months after steering Mach It Paid to his first Canadian win, New Zealand-born harness racing driver Vincent Langdon has now nailed his first Australian win thanks to a Kiwi bred 5-year-old gelding.

Langdon, the son of Michael and grandson of the legendary John, drove Asafa Powell to a neck victory at Cranbourne on Sunday (March 6). The son of Bettors Delight was a $2.60 favourite.

The 19-year-old Hamilton (Waikato) born reinsman said he was enjoying his time in Victoria and was glad to break through for his first win 'Down Under'.

"It's a lot warmer down here than when I left Canada. I'm working for Dad and am slowly getting more and more drives. It was a great feeling to break through with Asafa Powell on Sunday. Hopefully he will be the first of many more to come," Cranbourne-based Langdon said.

Langdon drove his first career winner on December 10 at Canada's Flamboro Downs at just his sixth attempt. He saluted the judge behind the Isaac Waxman trained son of Mach Three - Mach It Paid.

"That was a great buzz considering I had only been driving for a week but I won't forget this one in a hurry either. When I left Canada and arrived here on Boxing Day I thought I might return there when the weather heated up, but I'm enjoying it in Australia and this is where I want to stay for now. I'm getting a few drives including three this Friday at Warragul," Langdon said.

Langdon admits he never became interested in harness racing until he was about 12 or 13.

"I lived with Mum back home (New Zealand) while Dad was training driving horses in Canada. Harness racing was in my blood and I started to really enjoy it when I worked for Andrew and Lynn Neal in the school holidays and weekends. I also did the same for Dad's best friend, Todd Mitchell," he said.

In his early to mid-teens Langdon was intent on make a living from harness racing. "I wanted to be a driver like my father and grandfather," he said.

In 2008 Langdon went to Canada to be with his father but had to return to New Zealand because he only had a six month visa. He worked for the Neals before returning to Canada in April 2009.

While in Canada Langdon worked for former New Zealander Tony Sullivan in Cambridge, Ontario. He then followed his father to Australia late last year.

He has never driven in New Zealand.

By Duane RANGER (editor)

Vincent Langdon's first Australian winner behind Asafa Powell at Cranbourne (March 6, 2011):

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