Cambridge harness trainer, John Dickie was the toast of the 2011 Harness Jewels with dual success on the days programme staged last Saturday in Ashburton
With two representatives down south from his stable for the biggest day of age group harness racing in New Zealand Flying Isa and Paramount Geegee were guided to success by South Island reinsman, Robbie Holmes.
Flying Isa and Paramount Geegee collected the spoils in the $100,000 2YO Trotters Ruby and $100,000 3YO Trotters Ruby respectively.
For the progeny of Pegasus Spur the trip south "had gone too well and that worried" Dickie but there were problems on the biggest day of his training carrier and both trotters proved far too good for their rivals.
The two horses shareing many of the same owners and both pleased punters after starting as hot favourites.
The season is not over for the Cambridge trotters who will trip across the Tasman to Victoria for the Australasian Breeders Crown events, with Paramount Geegee taking on the best of the locals in the Victoria Derby on the way.
Paramount Geegees season could see him pocket career earnings of over $600,000 a significant sum for a young trotter in this part of the world
"I can't split the two trotters" says Dickie, "they are pretty much an equal".
The local Cambridge patrons could be lucky in 12 months time with both horses still eligible for Harness Jewels at their local track next year.
The locals were also to the forefront in the driving ranks with Peter Ferguson successful on the Steven Reid trained Gold Ace in the 3YO Emerald and David Butcher guiding Cowgirls N Indians to success in the 2YO Diamond.
As the sun sets on another Harness Jewels event, the biggest age group racing day of its kind in both codes, the Cambridge Te Awamutu Harness Racing Club commence their plans for the big day in 2012 at their local raceway venue.