Winton plumber Marty Fairbairn gained his biggest win in harness racing when Awesum Teddy won the $15,000 Gore Cup yesterday.
Mr Fairbairn bred Awesum Teddy from his two-win mare Bonnie Deal, who is in foal to Bettor's Delight. Awesum Teddy's win and his success at Winton last Saturday lifted his career record to nine wins, four seconds, two thirds and $63,260 from 20 starts.
Ascot Park trainer Murray Brown said the Roxburgh Cup tomorrow week could be Awesum Teddy's next target. The 4-year-old son of Elsu deserved a higher placing than 10th at the Harness Jewels in Ashburton in June when sizzling over a mile in 1:53.8.
Brown trained Bonnie Deal. Mr Fairbairn gave her third foal, Best Deal Yet, three starts from Kirk Larsen's stable before selling him to a client of trainer Mark Purdon in the 2011-12 season. Best Deal Yet won last year's Queensland Derby.
Deal On The Day (five wins) and dual-gaited Eddie Boy (one pacing win) are others out of Bonnie Deal. She is also the dam of a yearling colt by Changeover.
Cool Cobber, raced by his 92-year-old breeder Colin Baynes, come off a 30m handicap to win the Old Post Cafe Gore Special Handicap Trot. A virus was found to be troubling the gelding when he finished eighth at Wyndham on November 17.
He received veterinary treatment and marked his return to racing with a win at Forbury Park on December 19. He finished strongly yesterday in the hands of his Knapdale trainer Robin Swain.
Cool Cobber will probably join an Auckland stable later in the season. He raced in the north last season.
Swain drove the Ken McRae-trained The Empire's Sister to a convincing win in the Arden Lodge Fillies and Mares' Pace. The Julius Caesar mare is owned by Jimmy and Diane Strang and Robbie Rowland, of Christchurch.
Rowland trained The Empire's Sister before placing her in McRae's Waimumu stable five weeks ago. Five starts for McRae have yielded a win, a second, a third, a fourth and a sixth.
''She's got a bit of speed . . . is a pretty handy mare,'' McRae said.
His son Steve, of Christchurch, won the Gore Cup in 2011 with the Rowland-owned, Cracker Black, now in Australia.
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