Day At The Track

Stent receives Great Southern Star 'golden ticket'

08:02 PM 11 Nov 2014 NZDT
Comment (...) Tweet Share Email Print
Stent,Harness racing
Stent
Photo courtesy HRV

New Zealand harness racing star Stent has received the second invite to the Great Southern Star.

The classy squaregaiter earned a berth in the Group One with his victory in today’s New Zealand Trotting Free-for-All at Addington.

Australasia’s premier trotters’ event, the Great Southern Star is scheduled to be run at Tabcorp Park Melton in March.

An odds-on favourite this afternoon, the Colin De Filippi-trained and driven Stent scored from front runner Sheemon, with De Filippi admitting he was concerned the son of Dream Vacation wouldn’t catch the leader.

“There were a few anxious moments around the bend,” DeFilippi said. “I was wondering if we were going to get a go or not.

“It wasn’t until I got off his back that I started to feel a bit more confident. He took 50 yards or so to really get into it.”

Stent’s GSS ticket comes just hours after Harness Racing Victoria made public its invite to French stallion, Used To Me.

Used To Me has already passed through quarantine in New South Wales and will mix his racing preparation with stud duties.

“Increasingly over recent seasons the French market has gained an appetite for Australian Trotting," HRV’s Brant Dunshea said.

“Growth in import and export wagering revenues has become an important element of the global wagering environment for all racing jurisdictions.

“With the number of Australian races exported for wagering to France to double in 2015, and the arrival of a class performer like Used To Me to contest our biggest races, that interest will only expand further.”

  • PAUL COURTS

Comment (...) Tweet Share Email Print

Read More News About...

Stallion Name

Next article: