Day At The Track

Mare arrives in time to break new ground

06:28 AM 16 Oct 2017 NZDT
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Maori Time, harness racing
Maori Time arrives to take out the Aldebaran Park Bill Collins Trotters Sprint last night at Tabcorp Park Melton.
Stuart McCormick Photo

Among her many traits, consistency, a will to win and electric gate speed helps make Maori Time a true harness racing all-rounder.

From arguably the most famous trotting family of them all, the Pegasus Spur/Sundonna eight-year-old has earned a tick over $392,000 from 59 starts, with 23 wins and a further 19 minor placings (42 podiums from 59!).

And remarkably, the three-time Group 1 winner is now a three-time Aldebaran Park Bill Collins Trotters Sprint winner following last night’s narrow win at Tabcorp Park Melton.

With Gavin Lang in the sulky, Maori Time overcame an inside-back-row draw to overhaul Sparkling Success (Chris Svanosio) and Glenferrie Typhoon (Kate Gath) in a three-way photo. Her winning mile rate was 1:56.6 for the 1720m trip.

It was Maori Time's third win on the trot this season. Maori Time is trained by Brent Lilley and raced by owner/breeder Fred Crews.

The mare has now won more Bill Collins Sprint races than any other squaregaiter, Maori Time’s triple success eclipsing two-time race winners Will Trapper (2008 & 2011), Take A Moment (2002 & 2003) and Pride Of Petite (1996 & 1998).

Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)

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