Barron reaches 1000 driving wins
The win of Holdonmyheart in an Interdominion heat at Adelaide in March 1997 coupled with 999 wins in New Zealand, two of them at Ascot Park on Sunday, saw Raukahauka driver Clark Barron reach 1000 Australasian wins.
He started Sunday with 997 in New Zealand and scored race-to-race victories with I'm Full Excuses in the BP North Road Mobile Pace and Mass Invasion in the Bruce Colyer Auto Refinishers Trot.
Barron trains both, I'm Full Of Excuses for her Cambridge breeders Ollie and Irene Haines and Mass Invasion for the mare's Invercargill breeder and Barron's father-in-law, Owen Crooks.
I'm Full Of Excuses, from the family of Happy Hazel, has won three of her nine starts since beginning racing about six months ago and will now be given his chance in the Southern Supremacy Stakes.
"That will be his final race for the season," Barron said.
"He's probably not in the top bracket yet and will be a better 4-year-old, but I wouldn't swap him."
Mass Invasion also had her first start about six months ago and has won two of her 16 starts. Sunday's race was a qualifying event for the $10,000 McMillan Equine Feed Hot To Trot Graduation Final at the Diamonds Day meeting on April 12 and that well be Mass Invasion's next race. The 4-year-old is one of only five of her age by Muscle Mas bred in New Zealand and four of them have been winners.
Barron gained his first win with Free Trouble at Forbury Park in October 1980, his first black type win on Handiboy in the Group III Southern Supremacy Stakes in April 1991 and his first Group I on Lento in the New Zealand Standardbred Breeders' Stakes in January 1995.
- The Southland Times