On the 27th October at Portmarnock Trotting track there will be an attempt to break a world record.
The record in trouble is the fastest pacing mile under saddle on a half-mile track. It is thought that the current record stands at 2.00.0 and was set in 1998 by Highly Rated ridden by Darla Conklin at Northfield Park in Cleveland, Ohio.
The record attempt has been fuelled by Chantal Sutherland-Kruse’s recent time trial which set a new North American trotting under saddler record on a five-eights track. She rode DW’s NY Yank to break the record in 1.59.0.
Saddle races are popular at the Dublin track and there are a number of able horses and jockeys. One of the likely entries will be Meadowbranch Romeo and jockey Sean Watson. At the start of September the pair clocked a time of 2.01.1 off a trail of 50yards to win by 12 lengths. This sparked the desire to attempt the world record as Romeo’s ‘post to post’ time could have bettered the record that day.