Weedons trainer Neil Edge is a staunch admirer of southern harness racing and has no cause to revise that opinion after Siberian Rose's impressive win at Ascot Park yesterday.
A nephew of Steve Edge, who trained and drove upset 1961 New Zealand Trotting Cup winner Invicta, Neil Edge has 20 horses in work and came south with several for yesterday's meeting.
Edge and John Sheehan, of Darfield, have been based with Siberian Rose, Ella Fitzgerald, Caesar's Rock, The Earth Moves, and Delightful Song at Gore racecourse where they find the good facilities a suitable stopover place on all their southern racing sojourns.
"I love racing horses in Southland and Central Otago because the people are so helpful and friendly and harness racing here has as lot of integrity going for it," Edge said yesterday. "The south is a happy hunting ground for me with the likes of The Earth Moves, Delightful Song, The Doctor, Alta Capone and Ella Fitzgerald at Winton, Cromwell, Invercargill and Omakau."
Siberian Rose's dam Russian Rose raced three times for two wins and a miss when she broke down for Bernie Hackett and Michelle Wallis, of Waiuku Beach. She was a half-sister to gifted Marika, who graduated to the verge of Cup Class for Ashburton trainer Laurence Hanrahan.
Nathan Williamson, who gained two wins at Winton on Friday, bagged another brace with trotter Swept Away and V C Dell yesterday.
- The Southland Times