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The Dorchester won his first harness racing start last night at Addington in impressive fashion for trainer Mitchell Kerr. After sitting parked for the last lap he shot clear and held off the big finish of Benhop Rulz to deny Ben Hope his first winning drive. Blair Orange was bang on with his prediction that The Dorchester would be very hard to beat with no mistakes. The smart three year old Mach Three colt ran his last 800m in a quick 55.7 seconds on the back of a 2:00.3 mile rate, suggesting that he could be a force to be reckoned with in the three year old feature races later in the season. Earlier in the night Kardesler also had tongues wagging after easily winning in the fastest mile rate of the night and beating the hot $1.50 favorite Hayley Nicole in the process. Kardesler (American Ideal - Kusadasi) made a big run from midfield at the 400m and pulled clear in the run home winning by more than 2 lengths in a 1:56.1 mile rate. James Dean won the feature pace and his third win in a row for trainer driver Leo O'Reilly. James Dean (Santanna Blue Chip - Alegria) took the lead for the last lap and was never headed winning by a neck beating Lovetodream and Bite The Bullet who was third. Blair Orange started the new season with three wins, building an early lead on rival and friend Dexter Dunn while he is away in Canada at the World Drivers Championship.     Harnesslink Media

Patience is something all harness racing trainers have to have in spades as a lot of horses can be very trying at the best of times. Even though Mon Ritchie had only had four starts prior to tonight at Addington Raceway, the four year old son of Monarchy has been displaying plenty of ability right from the time he had been broken in. However a series of little niggles have held him back, especially his propensity to tie up. Away well tonight for driver Leo O'Reilly, Mon Ritchie settled in the trail behind the tearaway leader Landora's Logan and didn't have to move until they turned for home where he showed a sharp turn of foot to shoot clear for a decisive win. Leo O'Reilly was all smiles post race. " He deserved that tonight after having no luck a couple of times. " We got a bit squeezed up just after the start but he handled it well." " He went super at Methven after missing away but he was really relaxed tonight and never looked like putting a foot wrong. " One thing that he does have is high speed and that is a big positive going forward." " The C1 grade wont hold any fears for him either," Leo said The trainer Don Ross was not present tonight having gone to Melbourne for the Robbie Williams concert but he will be on hand for the geldings next start which will be on Cup Day. Leo has always had a bit of time for Mon Ritchie. " Tonight was crunch night for him as we had an eye on the C1 trot on Cup Day so there was a bit of pressure on." " Now that he has qualified for Cup Day, I think he will more than hold his own and with his speed is a real chance with a run to suit," Leo said. Patience is never easy when you have a nice horse but it looks as though Don Ross will reap the rewards for giving Mon Ritchie plenty of time. Harnesslink Media  

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