Norman Gets Trotting Double
16th September 2021
Gore trainer Brian Norman is a dab hand at training square gaiters and today’s double at Ascot Park emphasised his skills.
The well-bred Scared Mountain began the ball rolling, winning her first race at start number fifteen.
Blue is the new Orange – Blair Orange winning with Sacred Mountain
The three-year-old daughter of Muscle Hill led from the start of the 2200 metre stand and ran her rivals off their feet, beating Eilish Hall by five and a quarter lengths.
“I thought she was ready. She’s a good enough horse but we had problems with her urine last season. But she’s had a good enough break,” said Norman.
Returning back to the birdcage
Sacred Mountain is out of Sundon mare Aceofdiamonds and is a half-sister to Sky Commander, the winner of three races for Norman and another thirteen in Australia. He’s been Group placed and ran second in the 2015 Victoria Trotting Derby won by Speeding Spur which incidentally sponsored today’s race.
Ace Commander is another good performer out of Aceofdiamonds. He too was trained by Norman before Ray Green took up the reins. He won five races here before heading to Australia where he started twice.
“She’s got as much ability as they both had.”
Norman shares in the ownership of Sacred Mountain with Shane Fogie and Jason Coutts.
Two races later Steve won her fifth race for Norman, who told me prior to today’s start that he thought she may be a run short. That proved not to be the case.
“She came in on the same day as Scared Mountain, but she’s had a couple of foot infections and missed a bit of work. I got her worked for a few days and then she missed another three but she was fitter than I thought.”
Steve just getting the better of King Cassidy
She won by a nose, beating a very brave King Cassidy.