Day At The Track

Hadley finds a mate in Les

12:02 PM 03 Feb 2014 NZDT
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Me Mate Les with (L-R) James Johnson and Rohan Hadley.jpg
Me Mate Les with (L-R) James Johnson and Rohan Hadley

While Bridport trainer-driver Rohan Hadley remains sidelined from the sulky due to injury his stable continues to produce winners with the help of some good contacts in Victoria.

Hadley secured a double at The TOTE Racing centre in Launceston on Sunday night with two horses sent to him by the same owners.

Recent stable additions Me Mate Les and the consistent mare Spitfire Rose delivered the goods in fine style.

Me Mate Les, driven by James Johnson, having only his third start in Tasmania, ran home strongly to defeat race favourite Major Callum and I've Got Oomph that powered home along the rails in the Charltey Estate Pace over 2200 metres.

Spitfire Rose, driven by Rohan Hillier, also put up a strong performance to hold out late challenges from Clamorous and My Greek Mate in the Stakes.

It was Spitfire Rose's sixth win since she made her debut for the Hadley stable in July last year.

The trainer has also won three races with another mare, Gorgeous An Divine that comes from the same source.

Hadley broke his collarbone and a bone in his lower arm in a race fall in Launceston early last month and while the injuries are healing well he is still expected to be out of the sulky for a few more weeks.

While waiting to jump back in the cart Hadley is hoping Me Mate Les can add to his winning tally in the coming weeks.

“I think there are two or three more wins in him (Me Mate Les) yet,'' Hadley said.

“He won only one race in Victoria (at Wangaratta in October 2012).”

“Apparently he looked like winning a few more but was unable to go on with it.”

“The owners thought he'd had his time over there (Victoria) and Graeme Lang, who trained him, suggested they try him over here.''

Hadley said that Me Mate Les got all the favours last night, enjoying a good run.

``James drove him very well,'' the trainer said.

By Peter Staples


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