Norman and Martin get another win
The combination of Tahakopa trainer Brian Norman and Oamaru owner Gordon Martin scored another trotting win at Wyndham yesterday.
Trade Me Now, who triumphed in the Hokonui Honda Handicap Trot, was bought out of John Versteeg's Leeston stable last month. Christchurch agent Justin Le Lievre alerted Norman to Trade Me Now's availability and Martin decided to buy the 6-year-old squaregaiter.
Changes were made to Trade Me Now's gear after he had broken in his other two starts for Norman and Martin. Shoes were changed, bandages added to his back legs and heavy bell boots used.
''We'll try and win a couple and then sell him,'' Norman said.
He and Martin raced trotting winners Glendhu Princess (seven wins), her dam, Glendhu Star (one win), and Mexican Invasion (20 Australasian wins).
Extreme Times and Ali Foyle have given driver Clark Barron four wins in eight days. Both horses won at Wyndham yesterday and at Ascot Park a week earlier.
Longbush trainer Alan Paisley owns promising 3-year-old Extreme Times with his wife Gail. Extreme Times, who prevailed in yesterday's Big Jim @ Alabar Pace, is a half-brother to Just Got The Look (12 Australian wins).
''He's a really nice type and is still learning,'' Alan Paisley said of Extreme Times.
Stablemate Chief Kapai won the Kina Craig Pace to give Barron his third driving win for the day.
In addition to the winning stakes of $4850, Ali Foyle picked up a Harness Plus bonus of $3500 for Makarewa trainer Austin Stack, who owns the Elsu gelding with wife Miriam.
Meanwhile, Allan Beck received a $250 fine for checking out with no safety vest in race one.
- The Southland Times