Day At The Track

Blue blood trotter gets monkey off her back.

09:42 AM 28 Sep 2014 NZDT
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Petite Royal - On the way to better things
Petite Royal - On the way to better things
Petite Royal

Harness racing trainers will tell you that patience is a must have when developing racehorses and young trotters even more so.

On Friday night at Addington the four year old mare Petite Royal rewarded the patience of trainer Robbie Holmes and owner Mark Nichel when she broke through for her maiden win at her ninth lifetime start.

Purchased out of the 2012 Premier Sale at Addington by Nichel for $30,000, the daughter of Monarchy is bred to be something special.

Petite Royal is the first foal from the very talented Sundon mare Petite Sunset 1:57.8 ($115,070) whose dam was none other than the champion trotter Pride Of Petite 1:57.4 ($811,816).

The second foal from Petite Sunset is last seasons smart two year old winner by Angus Hall in Petite One.

Petite Royal has always impressed Robbie right from the start.

"She qualified at two and had a couple of starts but was becoming a bit hot so we put her aside"he said when speaking to Harnesslink this week.

Brought back as a 3 year old, Petite Royal had five starts last season but again Robbie thought she was her own worst enemy.

"She didnt like the mobile much and had a couple of other wee niggles and while she was winning trials, the hype of raceday was unsettling her and she was doing things wrong so we gave her another break."

Brought back this season as a 4 year old, Petite Royal has been a lot more settled this time in and Robbie thought the first win wasn't far away and so it proved at Addington on Friday night.

"She has matured and is a lot more settled this time in. I thought if I could grab the lead on Friday night and run them along she would be very hard to catch" he said.

Which is exactly what happened with Petite Royal settling third early before Robbie sent her to the front after 600 metres.

From there it was a one horse affair with Petite Royal having the foot down the whole way.

She turned for home eight lengths clear and won easing down by 2 1/4 lengths in 3:25.7 for the 2600 metres stand.

Robbie thinks there is a fair bit of upside for Petite Royal going forward.

"She is a lovely mare to do anything with and now she has got the hang of the racing game she could go a fair way.

She is actually a lot better with a sit where she can come off a horses back and really ping but I drove her in front on Friday night just to get that maiden win monkey off our back" he said

Petite Royal's owner Mark Nickel has been a long time client of Robbie's and is a TAB operator from Wellington who races a lot of his horses with the "Tabman" handle.

Petite Royal is just another example of the old theory that if you are patient with horses you will be rewarded in the long run.

Harnesslink Media



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