Day At The Track

Williamson takes no prisoners

02:28 PM 07 Jun 2016 NZST
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Takenoprisoners at Ascot Park

He was regarded as a certainty beat on debut after breaking but today after a safe getaway Takenoprisoners did exactly that.

 

The three year old gelding by Monarchy was made a $1-40 favourite at Ascot Park today and trainer driver Nathan Williamson allowed him to settle in fifth place early. He followed up Spur Wing up with 1800 metres to run. At the 1500 metre mark Williamson took the lead and he wasn't extended to beat Jackofdiamonds by a length and a quarter.

 

"I was a bit more cautious with him over that first bit because the other day he went a 100 - 150 metres and had a gallop," said Williamson.

 

Takenoprisoners was purchased by Williamson at the 2014 Sale for the Stars for $18,000 and is out of seven win Sundon mare Del's Hoof N It. She ran third in the Group Three Canterbury Park Trotting Cup behind Stig and Houdini Star.

 

"He's a big bugger so he's taken a bit of time. He's had a few preparations as a two and three year old. He was ready to go to the qualifying trials with my early ones last time but because he was so big and was lighting up in condition we put him aside which was the best thing for him."

 

Williamson said the gelding will be given a few more starts so he can learn the trade. 

 

"He doesn't show a lot at home but he does when I take him off the place. If he keeps improving he'll have a nice future. He'll do a wee bit of racing over the winter. When the spring grass comes he can go out for a good break."

 

Meanwhile Williamson is unsure of the future of Tas Man Bromac. The class four gelding which has won nine races finished his season with a gallant fifth on Saturday in the Four Year Old Emerald at the Harness Jewels at Cambridge. 

 

"He went a nice good honest race. We just needed a bit more luck on the day but it didn't eventuate. We haven't decided whether he stays here or not. He'll either be sold or having a break."  

 

Bruce Stewart

-www.southlandharness.co.nz

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