Who do you think is the best maiden pacer in New Zealand? Harness Racing New Zealand's marketing man Andrew Morris thinks he has the answer.
Would you believe it's Border Control.
The crack 3-year-old returns to New Zealand not having won a major race and is able to drop back to maiden class. Owing to the vagaries of the different seasonal breaks between New Zealand and Australia his next win will also be penalty free.
MAC THE FINN IS WARMING UP
Another 3-year-old who could also lay claims to being the best maiden pacer in the country resumed at trials Ashburton yesterday with an emphatic six-length win.
Thecolt, Mac The Finn, has done very well since his bone chip operation last season and has pleased trainer Anthony Butt with his development since.
The big colt will have another run at workouts or trials with an eye to resuming on September 7 at Addington. Of course one of the stable stars in Stunin Cullen resumes at Addington this Friday. Easy to forget he's already won $1.47 million in his career to date.
Of others in the team; Vulcan is coming up slowly. He had a quiet trial at Ashburton yesterday. He'll have a couple more public outings before a likely resumption in the Ordeal Cup on September 13.
Another top class performer in the stable, Raglan, has had a small setback and won't be a NZ Cup prospect. He may however be on hand during Cup week in the mobile races.
by Andrew MORRIS
Border Control's last win at Tabcorp Park in Melton on August 10: