Barclay off to join Dixon stable soon
Brent Barclay, who drove three winners at Gore on Saturday, will soon be packing his bags for a three-month working holiday in Queensland.
''As soon as my passport arrives, I'm away,'' he said.
''I won't be here for the next meeting (Ascot Park, May 19).''
Barclay is to work in Grant Dixon's Tamborine stable, which is about 40 minutes by road from Queensland's main harness track, Albion Park. Dixon is training 60 horses.
The Winton reinsman will be back in Southland for the first harness meeting of the new season on August 12.
His wins on Saturday were with Motu Prince Of Peru, Kid Galahad and Highview Terror. Motu Prince Of Peru is under offer to clients of Christchurch horseman Anthony Butt, who trialled the gelding at Ascot Park five days ago. Motu Prince Of Peru also passed a veterinary examination last week.
Gore owner-trainer Allan McVicar should know in the next day or two if the Julius Caesar 3-year-old is sold. He won against strong opposition in the PGG Wrightson AON Insurance Brokers Pace (2200m) at Gore. Motu Prince Of Peru drew the outside of the mobile and settled parked before getting cover at the 1200m.
The first season pacer dodged a breaking runner at the 900m, quickly regained the one-one and bided his time until challenging on the home turn. McVicar has raced Motu Prince Of Peru three times for two wins and a fourth.
Mr McArdle made up six or seven lengths in the straight to win his debut in the Brendan Franks Farrier Pace. He hinted with a comfortable second at the Ascot Park workouts a week earlier that he might race well at Gore.
Rakauhauka horseman Clark Barron took over training Mr McArdle three weeks ago after the gelding had been in work with Billy Heads, of Waimumu.
Mr McArdle had two training mishaps with Heads which led to him joining Barron's team. Heads's brother, Michael and wife Lynette, are the owner-breeders of Mr McArdle, who is a half-brother to Australian and United States winner Derek's Pick.
The two horses are out of Nero's Baby (one win), a daughter of Up Tempo who won five races and ran second in the New Zealand Oaks and third in the DB Draught Flying Fillies' Final.
- The Southland Times