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Master Canterbury reinsman David Butt scored his first harness racing Jewels victory when the Paul Nairn trained One Over Da Moon won today's (Saturday June 1) $150,000 Neumann's Tyres 2yo Ruby Trot.

Not many trainers would travel a horse over 1,100 Kilometres when there is an equally suitable race on their backdoor step; then again, not many trainers are as good as Paul Nairn.

Three years ago it appeared Stig's harness racing career was over. A leg injury had left him doing promotion work for dual sulkies. Fast forward 36 months and the rising 11-year-old is now the Group One $150,000 Rowe Memorial Cup champion for free-for-all trotters.

Where once there was great confidence and awe, now there is hope and crossed fingers. That is the journey heroic trotter Stig has taken punters on since a brilliant Christmas, a rollercoaster trainer Paul Nairn hopes hits a career high in Friday's $150,000 Canam Rowe Cup.

One Over Da Moon showed the family ability is right there, when taking out the Group Three 2yo Trotting Stakes at tonight's (Saturday March 30) feature harness racing meeting at Addington.

The final chapter in Stig's miracle career could feature yet another twist.

Vulcan might get a shot at the world's best trotters - simply because he isn't that good. If that sounds confusing, you are not alone. Even his trainer Tim Butt laughs at the strange situation the tiny trotter finds himself in.

Champion harness racing trainer Tim Butt is in Melbourne on what he hopes will be the most profitable holiday of his life. Butt still officially trains Vulcan, one of the favourites for tomorrow's A$350,000 Great Southern Star series at Melton and also owns 83 per cent of another leading chance in comeback hero Stig. But apart from helping to gear them up on race night, Butt says he won't have a lot to do with the pair. Because he has handed over the training of Vulcan to the man he respects most with trotters, Paul Nairn.

Trotting's comeback hero is to be given one more chance to conquer his final frontier - and his arness racing trainer Paul Nairn believes Stig can capitalise on that opportunity.

Recurring leg soreness may rob grand old trotter of a crack at harness racing riches across the Ditch. The legs which have robbed Stig of his best days are now threatening his shot at the greatest month in the history of Australasian trotting.

With I Can Doosit, Escapee and Dr Hook in Australia already, and Sovereignty not in the field, the Paul Nairn trained Stig looks all but a harness racing certainty in race three, the Seelite Window & Doors Summer Trotting Free-For-All (Gr3) at Addington on Friday night.

If the temperature in Victoria hasn't been hot enough lately, things are about to heat up even more over the next few days with a whopping fourteen New Zealand trained harness racing horses set to do battle over the weekend.

It's official Stig is one of our greatest ever. With all his injury problems and subsequent multiple retirements to come back and win the 2012 National Trot in record time and in the process beat a true harness racing champion in I Can Doosit is an unbelievable effort.

Champion trainer Mark Purdon has labelled I Can Doosit's shock defeat on Monday one of his greatest ever surprises in racing. But he is confident the superstar squaregaiter will be back to his best at Alexandra Park next Monday.

Trotting's greatest trainer hasn't given up on beating trotting's greatest horse. But harness racing trainer Paul Nairn knows he is running out of shots at the title.

Sushi Sushi has improved overnight, and his harness racing trainer Mark Purdon is now more upbeat on the chances of him taking his spot in the NZ Cup, the All Stars team poulticed his bruised foot overnight and got a little more of the problem out this morning (Monday November 12).

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