A trio of local harness racing trainers received their Christmas presents early when they competed at the Canberra Harness Racing Club’s meeting last Saturday night at Exhibition Park.
Billed as the Dickson Tradies Christmas Cup meeting, the seven race program that included a charity auction to aid funds for ACT Eden Monaro's Cancer Support Group produced no less than three Young-trained pacers and a collection of dedicated owners.
Maimuru trainer Katie Jenner and her owner husband Terry continued their Canberra success this season with the six year old gelding Ned Pepper who collected the major prize of $2,100 in race four under perfect driving by his regular driver Angela Hedges.
Starting at double figure odds, the Dawn Of A New Day veteran won his eighth race from twenty two starts, a great effort for both owner and trainer.
Josh Powderly had the New Zealand imported Changeover four year old mare Kotare Kasai tuned to perfection in race five to collect the feature race of the night, the 2016 Dickson Tradies Cup. Driven by Rodney Blythe, the small field and slow quarters fell into the hands of the local driver who drove a patient race behind the leader and pace setter Forbiden Town, finishing fast over the concluding stages to defeat the early leader with the $1.50 favourite finishing third after having no luck in the final stages of the race.
The first prize money of $6,450 certainly sent the many owners present away in a very jovial mood to say the least. Reports are that at least three of the owners are still missing!
A plasterer by trade, Glenn Wilmot had given the three year old Courage Under Fire plenty of work before heading down the highway to contest race seven. Twentyeightblack was given the sit three back the pegs in race seven and finished strongly over the concluding stages to defeat Tatibye and last weeks winner Paternity Suit for Steve Maguire by a close but convincing margin.
Meanwhile, young Blake Micallef is getting closer to a win after finishing a good second at Parkes on Sunday behind Handy Bonus.
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