With a lap to run they got a drag into the race when Sundons Wish improved.Just before straightening Orange hooked the six year old mare out and she came three wide to make her claim.We have two other horses pencilled in to come down Jack Jones and War Dan Delight, said stable manager Michelle Neilson.Driven by Samantha Ottley, the four year old had to settle in second place after being beaten for gate speed by Ansett Flight.
I shod Amish mules, working horses, thoroughbreds - all sorts. They were adamant that we were losing Adios blood from the dam side and that that needed to be present, plus Albatross blood for improved confirmation.
But with 1800 metres to go Ottley came off the back of Ansett Flight to take the lead. And the situation is that in work with another horse or in a race, he tries to get into fifth gear and goes too good for himself. He did a lot for Southland Harness Racing over the years.
That was how the order stayed with Better Be Gold winning by one and a half lengths. When he gets in front he just latches on (to the bit) or when he sees another horse its all handlebars down, he said. We may not be going if it wasnt for a promise I made to PJ (Paddy) Dunne. We dont have boats or anything like that and we tend to spend our money on something we can see, he said. Donore herself had a really sound pedigree that goes back to the Sungod mare Auburn Sun - an outstanding broodmare leaving Kiwi Grattan, the winner of nine races, Kiwi Air the dam of Tempest Air which left Kiwi Dillion (21 wins in America and 1-54.2) and Henry Hoover (8 wins). Bill Miller who was our tutor was a well - respected farrier.
Spirit of Zeus was probably one of the best horses I fixed. I was also shoeing Christian Cullen (then two) at the time as well. We bred, as loyal Southlanders, to the local studs with limited success and no real plan.
The foals were average in conformation and performance and it wasnt until I went to Amfor about twenty odd years.
After todays win well have to throw in a nomination. Paddy and I worked together for 16 odd years (for MAF in the freezing industry). Auburn Sun also left Air Mail (Dillion Hall) who was the source of many good horses including Cirrus for Noel Drake. I then went to the states for a year having taken a break from MAF. He was at Sportsman Park in Chicago for about twenty odd years.