Day At The Track

Son of Love You headed to the top

09:49 PM 12 Jun 2015 NZST
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Great Things Happen - Headed to the top in a hurry
Great Things Happen - Headed to the top in a hurry
Great Things Happen

Tonight's harness racing meeting at Addington was winter racing, Canterbury style.

In other words, rain and a strong cold southerly were present most of the evening which had its effect on a lot of runners.

One who seemed to relish the conditions was the three year old son of Love You in Great Things Happen who won like a really nice horse after doing plenty of work.

Settling back from his second line draw for trainer/driver Gavin Smith, Great Things Happen was five back in the running line when hot favourite Harriet Of Mot galloped with a lap to go when challenging for the lead.

Once back trotting John Dunn sent Harriet Of Mot forward again and reached the lead with 700 metres to go.

Gavin followed the daughter of Monarchy forward and sat on her wheel from the 700 metres mark.

These two knuckled down to it from the 400 metres mark and half way up the straight Great Things Happen grabbed the lead and ran away for a comfortable 2 1/4 lengths victory from a very game Harriet of Mot with Everybody Knows finishing on well late for third.

Great Things Happen trotted the 1950 metres in the cold slushy conditions in 2:30.2, a mile rate of 2:03.9 with closing sectionals of 60.3 and 29.

Gavin Smith knew he had just got a bit lucky with Harriot Of Mot breaking.

" If she hadn't broken I don't think we would have beaten her.

" In saying that Great Things Happen is a very nice horse in his own right and has a big future," Gavin said. 

Passed in at the 2013 New Zealand Premier yearling sale for $27,500, Great Things Happen is a son of Love You from the former smart imported daughter of S J's Photo in Calamity Gal who won seven races and $92,255 in New Zealand.

Offered a half share to train him by his vendor Ted Edwards after he failed to make his reserve, Gavin accepted immediately but not for the reason you would expect.

" My daughter Hayley was born the morning of the sales and when I got offered a share in a horse called Great Things Happen the same day, I just had to take it."

" I didn't like him when I broke him in and was starting to have some doubts."

" However the next time in he was a different horse and hasn't looked back since."

" He is very immature and after tonight he is going out for a big spell.

" Once he strengthens up and matures I think he will go right to the top level.

" He has really high speed and I have a big opinion of him," Gavin said.

As progeny of Love You get better with age, Great Things Happen would look to have a big future in front of him.

Harnesslink Media


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