Day At The Track

Heezaladiesman is Johnsons Idol

01:38 PM 08 May 2018 NZST
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Heezaladiesman is definitely a squaregaiter of some potential

He might never be a Maoris Idol, but Heezaladiesman is definitely a squaregaiter of some potential.

On Saturday at Globe Derby Park, Heezaladiesman did a bit of a ‘Maoris Idol’ before taking out the Plate named in honour of that former champion which co-incidentally made his debut at the track.

Trained and driven by Lane Johnson, the three-year-old, backed from $2.25 into $1.90 favourite, bungled the start of the 2230m Maoris Idol Plate before rounding up his rivals to score a one metre victory from pacemaker Wilkes Barre ($5.10) with Majestically ($11.70), 24 metres away third.

Johnson said Heezaladiesman was still learning about being a squaregaiter.

“Normally he rears at the start then bounces away into a trot,” Johnson said.

“Tonight, he reared but didn’t go into a trot but stayed a bit unruly. He’s not done that before.”

As a result, the three-year-old settled down second last in the field of six, but possibly about 50 metres behind Wilkes Barre which had trotted away safely and grabbed a 20-metre lead over his rivals.

After a moderate 32.7 second first quarter of the last 1600 metres, Ryan Hryhorec, on Wilkes Barre, lifted the tempo with a final three quarters of 30.9, 30.3 and 30.4 hoping they would be good enough to outpace his rivals.

Those sectionals were to beat all but Heezaladiesman which trotted on strongly, and despite being a bit rough around the home turn, proved too strong.

The winner was bred and owned by Johnson and his mother Pat and they still have the dame Lady Bellanique.

“She has had five foals but three have passed away,” Johnson said.

“Apart from this fellow, we have a two-year-old Im Lady Sophie, but unfortunately subsequent matings have seen her lose the foals.”

Johnson also reported his other promising trotter Coolbreeze had successfully come through two operations after pulling up injured at Kapunda earlier this year.

“He’s out in the paddock at the moment but will have to have further x-rays before we can hopefully put him back into work, but he will be off the scene for quite a while.”

The five-year-old had won two of his three starts this season and looked to be a star of the future.

Now, the Johnsons will be looking for Heezaladiesman to fly the flag for the stable.

Heezaladiesman’s next target is the $14,000 SA Trotters Derby at Globe Derby Park on Saturday, May 19.

Graham Fischer

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