First Trials Held In The South

First Trials Held In The South

23rd May 2020

Bruce Stewart

A record number of horses were seen at the first harness trials at Ascot Park yesterday.

With ten race meetings programmed at the Park in the next ten weeks, trainers were getting a line on their horses prior to the winter series which starts next Saturday.

Three well-bred two year old trotters qualified in the first heat. Andiamo, an Andover Hall filly out of five win Sundon mare All Shook Up won from Jannah Jaccka (Muscle Hill-Jocy Jaccka) and Jasmine Jaccka (Muscle Hill – Jess Jaccka).

Snow Devery looks to have a nice two year old in He’s A Rock Star. The two year old gelding by Rock N Roll Heaven won easily by five and a half lengths running the 2200 metres in 2-49.5 (5.8 seconds under the required time). Arlo Maguire (Sportswriter-Miley Maguire) and Tommysonaroll (Auckland Reactor-Scraprattle N Roll) both from Clark Barron’s stable also qualified.

He’s A Rock Star winning for Snow Devery.

Another Barron runner, Young George won the next heat by two and a half lengths; qualifying in 2-49.0.

Young George and Ellie Barron

Honor Before Glory, which was purchased recently by Australian buyers Merv and Meg Butterworth, won for new trainer Brett Gray and stable driver Brent Barclay. He looked to knock off at the end ofthis heat but still won by five lengths. A new runner to the Nathan Williamson barn Delight N Gold ran second for Ollie Kite.

Honor Before Glory and Brent Barclay

Ideal Glacier looked forward when winning her heat by two lengths for Ellie Barron.

Ideal Glacier winning in the Barron colours

Flight Crew came with a good run down the middle of the track to beat pacemaker Zircon Lass by a head. The Panspacificflight filly is a new recruit to the Nathan Williamson stable.

Flight Crew just gets up

Quality trotter Madrik impressed when he won the Non-Winners Trot by two and a half lengths. He’s one of only four foals by Coktail Jet stallion The Best Madrik. Debut winner Afterburner is also by The Best Madrik.

Madrik winning easily for Kirstin Barclay.

Other winners today were: Rydgemont Milly, the Nathan Williamson pair of Longueval and Major Watson, and John and Katrina Price’s mare Pearl Harbour.