Day At The Track

Underrated Lord Marmaduke in Waimate Cup

01:54 PM 05 Dec 2010 NZDT
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Popular harness racing couple Colin and Julie De Filippi pulled off a well overdue win with underrated pacer Lord Marmaduke in today's (Sunday) Waimate Cup. The son of D M Dilinger is now trained by Colin and Julie after the pair took over the training duties back in July following a move South by co-owner and trainer Greg Manson.

"I'd driven him the odd time and Greg rang us out of the blue and asked for us to take him," said co-trainer and driver Colin De Filippi.

"He was moving down to Winton because of family commitments. We were happy to take him but found out he was still an entire, which initially put us off but I spoke to Robbie Holmes who had a bit to do with him and he said was good as gold and could go in with the geldings. As it turned out he was the one getting bossed around, which is a bit unusual. He's not real colty so he hasn't been a problem at all."

Aside from Lord Marmaduke still retaining his two most prized assets, he does possess some indifferent pre-race behavior says De Filippi. "He can pig-root and put the boot-in in the prelim and regularly does, it's not real nasty but you have to be aware of it." Lord Marmaduke had been troubled by a virus prior to the Ladbrooks couple training him, but all appeared well with the son of D M Dilinger today, his driver ensuring he had every opportunity. "He felt good and I was keen to put him in the race, he had to do some work so it was a pretty good effort."

Lord Marmaduke made a safe beginning from the 10m mark and raced handy throughout before his co-train urged the six year old to the front straightening for the run home, easily holding the opposition at bay to win by 1 1/4 lengths at the line. Niraadi, which started off the 30m backmark got closest while Lifes Decision finished on well for third. Lord Marmaduke has now won 7 races from 42 starts with stake earnings of $85,000.

On a lightning fast grass track surface it was common place to record a sub 28 quarter, the fastest of the day being Miracle Mach, the son of Mach Three blasting a 27.4 as he plundered his opposition by 4 1/4 lengths earlier in the day.

The Highlights:

Top Sire: Courage Under Fire 3 wins.

Top Trainer: Greg and Nina Hope 2 wins.

Top Driver: 11 different drivers.

Top Junior Driver: Dexter Dunn, Sam Ottley and Tim Williams 1 win.

Results from the Waimate Trotting Club's meeting held today (Sunday) were:

Race 1: The Carl Middleton trained and driven MARGIE D (Sundon).

Race 2: The Fred Fletcher trained SEASTORM (Christian Cullen) Sam Smolenski.

Race 3: The Greg and Nina Hope trained MIRACLE MACH (Mach Three) Dexter Dunn.

Race 4: The John Hay trained and driven FAIR DINKUM BROMAC (Falcon Seelster).

Race 5: The Mark Jones trained and driven JELLIGNITE (Courage Under Fire).

Race 6: The Nigel McGrath trained and driven READY SET (Monarchy).

Race 7: The Colin and Julie De Filippi trained LORD MARMADUKE (DM Dilinger) Colin De Filippi.

Race 8: The Robert Dunn trained ELITE UNDER FIRE (Courage Under Fire) Tim Williams.

Race 9: The Gerard O'Reilly trained and driven WOMAN IN BLACK (Courage Under Fire).

Race 10: The Kevin Fairbairn trained LEXIE HIGHLANDER (Armbro Invasion) John Dunn.

Race 11: The Greg and Nina Hope trained HOT PEPPER (Man Around Town) Sam Ottley.

Steve Dolan

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