NZ Metropolitan Trotting Club Friday 15th February 2019

PGG Wrightson Harness 7000 Mobile Pace

One of the most exciting races on the racing calendar, the Harness 7000. The whole idea for this race is you are only eligible if your sire you use is worth under $7000 and you haven’t won a Group 1 or race worth more than $100,000. This really leaves an open playing field if you can’t afford to breed to the elite sires.

This year’s race was hugely exciting on the 5-star race night at Addington, taken out impressively by Eureka, trained by Grant Payne and driven by Sam Ottley. With the host of owners there to cheer him on this was great watching and even better in the close finish when the owners were making plenty of noise.

 

PGG Wrightson NZ Yearling Sales Series Fillies 3yo Final

Not very often do you win both the 2yo and 3yo Yearling Sales final but this year Havtime showed it can be done. She run a huge race and won it quite convincingly taking her career earning to over $200,000 and only winning 2 races to date (both finals). What was even more exciting was for owners Malcolm and Sandra Little whom had 4 horses in the race, 2 part owned with Havtime Breeding, I liked their chances to win the race and they even ran the quinella. What a great filly they have here, I am sure they will enjoy her racing career and then they will have a great broodmare moving forwards.

 

PGG Wrightson NZ Standardbred Breeders Stakes (Group 1)

To wrap up a big night of racing and sponsorship for PGG Wrightson Standardbred, we finished with the Group 1 Breeders Stakes. This was a tidy field as per usual at the top level with one horse in the twilight of her career, Dream About Me, could she do it? Well she did it alright, simply far too good for them and another Group 1 being added. Owners Charlie Roberts and Paul and Mary Kenny were just over the moon, taking her stakes earning to over $1,000,000 which is unreal.