Day At The Track

Williamson trifecta at Forbury

07:52 PM 04 Jul 2014 NZST
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Whenever you are assessing a trotting race at Forbury Park, the first thing you look for is what have the Williamson's got in.

They invariably have a handful in the race and they win those races more often than not.

Last night they had four entered in the Bidvest handicap trot and all of them had something to offer on paper.

Phil Williamson had the two backmarkers in Miss Pegasus (40 meters) and Monnay (60 meters) while his son Nathan had Poppymalda (Unruly 2) and Nickelson (unruly 30 meters).

Poppymalda led early before handing up to Juneamy Castleton while Nickelson was back to his old tricks, galloping wildly out of contention.

Miss Pegasus and Monnay both made great beginnings from their backmarks with Miss Pegasus going forward to sit parked outside Juneamy Castleton from the 1600 meters with Monnay hard on her back .

That is the way it stayed until they turned for home when Juneamy Castleton broke under pressure leaving the three Williamson runners to fight out the finish.

After receiving such a great trip in transit, Monnay soon put the issue beyond doubt, hitting the line 51/2 lengths clear of Poppymalda with Miss Pegasus a game third after doing plenty of work.

There was a gap of 16 lengths back to the fourth place getter.

This was Monnay's fourth win this season and tenth overall and took the six year old son of Monarchy  stake earnings to $79,079.

The win by Monnay took Phil Williamson's total for the season to 39 which is not far off his season best of 46 which he achieved in 2007 and leaves him in ninth place overall on the New Zealand's trainers list for this season.

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