Brown notches his 400th victory
The Receptionist gave Murray Brown his 400th training win in style at Ascot Park yesterday.
She moved up behind the leaders on the final bend and exploded clear to win the Klondike Kid Pace by three and three-quarter lengths. Brown trains the 5-year-old Live Or Die mare at the raceway for Blair McVicar, of Edendale, and Noddy Orr, of Balfour.
Brown said he had handled a lot of good horses in 28 years of training.
''All wins are exciting, whether its a $4000 go or a Group I,'' the horseman said.
''You have your ups and downs along the way.''
Star mare Beaudiene Bad Babe is the best to have passed through his stable. She won 22 races, including the Group I $200,000 mares' race at the Harness Jewels in Cambridge two years ago.
Husband and wife owners Michael and Susan McGuire landed wins at Ascot Park and Oamaru at the weekend.
Their trotter The Real McGuire, trained by John Hay, of Ashburton, won The Pres Handicap at the Invercargill Harness Racing Club meeting yesterday. The Mid Canterbury couple scored with Pretty Sunday in a one to two-win trot at Oamaru on Saturday. Pretty Sunday's win was in a race of the Brothers in Arms Drivers' Series, which was taken out by Clark and Ken Barron.
The Real McGuire (six wins) has been stabled in Invercargill for a Southland campaign. She will have a veterinary scan today to check if she is still in foal to Sundon. Michael McGuire does not think she is.
If not in foal, she will be bred with Love You. The McGuires bred The Real McGuire from Gamble's Girl, who won three races for Christchurch trainer Fred Fletcher.
The McGuires and Hay gained a fifth with Rosemma in the 2-year-old trotters' race at the Harness Jewels in Cambridge in June. Mr McGuire owns promising 3-year-old Eric Clapton in Hay's stable.
A start at Addington on Friday night is under consideration for Spirit Of Art, winner of the Ohoka Arizona Pace.
She is eligible for a heat of the Sires' Stakes 3-Year-Old Fillies' Series at the Christchurch fixture. Branxholme trainer Kirk Larsen trains the daughter of Art Major for his wife Michelle and Hambletonian Ltd, of Auckland.
Mrs Larsen reckoned the wet track contributed to Spirit Of Art's lacklustre ninth at Wyndham eight days ago.
The win of Ruby's Bad Boy in the Speedy Signs Pace brought a change of luck for Tisbury owner-trainer Tom Kilkelly.
Last week, he had to put down handy filly Kates Back after she split a pastern when scoring up behind the mobile at Wyndham on November 18. Kilkelly also had one of his foals die.
''It was a terrible week,'' he said.
Ruby's Bad Boy ran greenly when finishing fast to win in the hands of Kirstin Barclay. The Badlands Hanover gelding is out of Coringa Ruby, who posted Kilkelly's first training win in 2004.
Invercargill trainer-driver Brent Shirley bagged two wins and two seconds on yesterday's card. He was successful behind Thrill Factor (harnessworld.org Pace) and Rowchester (Gotta Go Cullen Pace).
- The Southland Times