One step closer to goal with Larix

JAMIE SEARLE
Last updated 05:00 19/11/2012
Nathan Williamson
REINSMAN: Nathan Williamson drove Larix at Wyndham.

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One of Gay McClymont's goals is to train a pacing winner.

''I did get one with Luigi, but they took it off me (in an inquiry),'' the Whiterig owner-trainer said.

Luigi moved out in the straight and stewards relegated him from first to second at Ascot Park in 1997.

McClymont also gained placings with Connor Patrick and Try A Fluke before selling them to Australian buyers. Connor Patrick won 35 races in Australia, while Try A Fluke bagged 30 wins across the Tasman, including the A$400,000 Hunter Cup at Moonee Valley, Melbourne, in 1998.

Try A Fluke ran second to Our Sir Vancelot in the 1998 Interdominion Final in Hobart.

McClymont's luck is far better with trotters as Larix showed in the Titiroa Transport Ltd Handicap at Wyndham yesterday. Larix, whom McClymont owns with her husband Nick, came off a 50m handicap to win convincingly. She was driven by Nathan Williamson.

Larix will probably have her next outing at Oamaru on Saturday. Her dam, Tamarix, was dual-gaited but her five wins were as a trotter.

Tamarix qualified at both gaits during her 3-year-old season.

''She ran a half in 56 (seconds) round Gore and I thought we had a Southland Oaks filly,'' McClymont said.

The promise Tamarix displayed as a pacer did not continue and she was switched to trotting.

Solidly-built filly Universal Rule will stay in the care of Wyndham trainer Brendon McLellan for Sunday's meeting at Ascot Park. She clocked a winning time of 1min 59.2 sec (one mile) in the Washington VC @ Bryleigh Stud Fillies and Mares Pace.

Universal Rule is one of four horses owned in John Howe's West Melton stable by Charlie McNoe, of Prebbleton. McNoe farmed at Merino Downs, West Otago, before shifting to Canterbury 10 years ago.

He raced Universe (one win), the dam of Universal Rule, from Megan Irvine's Wyndham stable. Knight Troop, also owned by McNoe, won twice.

Howe could start Majestic Major at the Invercargill Harness Racing Club meeting on Sunday. Majestic Major is a 3-year-old Art Major gelding from Seaswift Franco (11 wins).

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