Day At The Track

Dream Vacation trotter ready to strike

04:25 PM 10 Sep 2014 NZST
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Sean McCaffrey - Has always liked Awayonvacation
Sean McCaffrey - Has always liked Awayonvacation
Duane Ranger photo

Patience is a virtue in harness racing and when you throw a trotter into the mix as well then patience is a mandatory requirement.

This time last year Cambridge trainer Sean McCaffrey thought his patience with the Dream Vacation trotter, Awayonvacation was about to be rewarded when the five year old won a couple of races in the manner of a trotter going places.

Owned in Christchurch by Rick Cridland, the decision was made to trek to Addington for cup week but it was a trip where nothing went right.

"He was badly checked on Cup Day and that kind of wound him up a bit for Show Day and he didn't produce his best" said McCaffrey when discussing the trip this week.

Awayonvacation was brought home to Cambridge but didn't race again throughout the rest of the  2013/2014season.

"It was just a lot of little niggles that kept cropping up so in the end we tipped him out for a decent spell " said McCaffrey.

Resuming ten months after the Show Day run at Auckland last week, Awayonvaction missed away and then was checked at the 700 meters mark so it was hard to get a line on his performance.

Tomorrow night he steps out at Cambridge in a 2200 meters mobile and Sean is expecting a big run from the six year old.

"I have always had a bit of time for him and still think he could go a fair way through the grades. He stands 17 hands so he was always going to be better with time " said McCaffrey

"He is quite ungainly at a slow speed but has a real nice feel to him when he gets a bit of speed up " he said.

The dam of Awayonvacation is the Muscles Yankee mare Wheresmemum who was an embryo transfer foal from the smart trotting mare Kristalvagen 1:55.4 ($63,231) before she was exported to North America.

At stud in North America Kristalvagen has already left the smart Duke Of Vegas 1:56 ($93,077).

Sean has shown a lot of patience with Awayonvacation and should be rewarded over the next few months with performances in line with his ability.

Harnesslink Media

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