Caesar's humble origins
Caesar Rocks, a runner at Forbury Park tonight, was bought at a garage sale.
His Weedons owner-trainer Neil Edge went to a neighbour's sale three years ago. He attended to see what was on offer.
''The neighbour was going to America,'' Edge said.
''I came home with two horses and a couple of deck chairs.''
The horses were yearlings at the time. Caesar Rocks has had two placings from six starts, while the career record of the other buy, Smart Caesar, owned by Edge in Mark Jones' Woodend Beach stable, is two wins and three placings from six starts. Smart Caesar steps out at Addington tomorrow night.
Invercargill driver Kirstin Barclay will team up with Caesar Rocks in the Dunedin City Ford Pace at Forbury Park tonight. Barclay will be at Addington tomorrow night to drive the Edge-trained Delightful Song in the Group I $100,000 New Zealand Standardbred Breeders' Stakes.
Barclay and Edge join forces again at Wyndham on Sunday when their runner, Ella Fitzgerald, contests a heat of the Southern Belle Speed Series. Ella Fitzgerald was blocked in the run home and finished an unlucky fifth in the Robin Dundee Mares' Crown at Ascot Park on Saturday.
The Southland driver and Canterbury trainer won with The Earth Moved at Ascot Park. The Monarchy filly's long term goal is the Group III New Zealand Trotting Oaks at Addington on April 4.
The Earth Moved was born on September 4, 2010 - the date of the first Christchurch earthquake.
Edge is pleased Barclay is available to drive his horses.
''She's got good hands and doesn't knock them [horses] around,'' he said.
Apart from training horses, Edge sells log splitters at agricultural field days at Mystery Creek (Waikato) and Waimumu, near Gore.
Kirstin Barclay’s Group Race Drives:
Meglea, seventh, 2007 Nevele R Fillies’ Final.
Meglea, fourth, 2007 Southland Oaks Final.
Equation, sixth, 2003 Kindergarten Stakes.
Lively Franco, eighth, 2008 Southland Oaks Final.
Oliver Twist, eight, 2002 Kindergarten Stakes.
Rachel’s Cullen, 10th, 2005 Southland Oaks Final.
Carl Brashear, 12th, 2005 Kindergarten Stakes.
Dazzling Arden, fifth, Caduceus Club/Nevele R 2YO Classic.
Washington Seattle, fifth, 2007 Kindergarten Stakes.
Washington Seattle, 11th, 2007 Sapling Stakes.
Born Again Courage, 12th, 2006 PGG/Wrightson Open Sales race.
- The Southland Times