Day At The Track

Waterloo Sunset wins debut 18 months after qualifying

05:06 PM 24 Mar 2014 NZDT
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Paul Nairn is interviewed by Trackside's Inspire
Master trainer Paul Nairn - was at it again on Sunday.
Inspire - the dam of Waterloo Sunset.
Courtesy Of Race Images, Christchurch, New Zealand

Waterloo Sunset, who is the first foal from Rowe Cup winning mare Inspire, was victorious in his debut at Methven on Sunday some 18 months after qualifying at the same venue.

The win came courtesy of what was yet another remarkable training performance by Paul Nairn, who trained and drove Waterloo Sunset’s mother to win the 2006 Rowe Cup in what was just her 11th start.

And while this big four-year-old son of Sundon might never reach those great heights, he is definitely going to work his way through the grades.

“He just looped the field and absolutely jogged it,” said driver Bob Butt.

“Paul (Nairn – trainer) asked me to drive him without a stick and I never looked like needing one.”

“That certainly won’t be his last win, I think he will be a very good stayer,” he added.

Interestingly, the horse that beat Waterloo Sunset in his trial some 18 months ago, Thanksforplaying, was also a winner on the card.

Meanwhile, Brian Norman who owned the winner of the feature race at Methven, Arising Easton, trained a double at Wingatui today, where harness racing was run for the first time in around 60 years.

By Mitchell Robertson

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