Wyndham HRC snippets
Springbank Sam broke a trotters' track record in convincing fashion at Wyndham on Saturday.
His winning time of 4:6.2 (3200m stand) shaved 0.2secs off the open trotters' mark previously held by Prince Harry (2010). Nathan Williamson drove Springbank Sam in the Wyndham Workouts Committee Handicap.
His father, Phil, trains the Sundon gelding at Oamaru. Yankee One rejoined the Williamson stable on Saturday night after finishing sixth behind Springbank Sam earlier in the day. Winton owner Trevor Wilson had been training Yankee One.
Wyndham Harness Racing Club president Brendon McLellan trained and drove Sammy The Bull to win the Kelly Wool Ltd Pace.
McLellan's wife, Megan, and the estates of Jim and Irene Holland race the well-bred Bettor's Delight gelding, who cleared maiden ranks at his 31st start on Saturday. He has been second or third on 12 occasions.
''He needs things to suit and have the pace on,'' McLellan said.
''He'll probably end up in Australia.''
Staff at Murray Brown's training stables are having a lot of fun with Macardo, winner of the Kina Craig Stud Pace.
Brown arranged for his staff to take over the ownership of Macardo last winter.
''Peter Cates [former owner] rang up and said: 'do you him . . . I'm giving him away, I can't sell him' ,'' Brown said.
Macardo was transferred from David and Catherine Butt's Woodend Beach stable to Brown as a maiden. Twelve starts from Brown's Invercargill stable have resulted in three wins, two seconds and two thirds.
His owners are Brown's wife, Marilyn, Barry Crofts, his daughter Hayley Crofts and Fay Davis, whose husband, Peter, is the stable's farrier.
Royal Counsel's march towards the Southland Oaks continued when she easily won the Kylemore Perendales Pace.
Co-trainer and driver Gordon Lee said Royal Counsel didn't have to work hard to lead early. She was allowed to control the pace and held on nicely.
''She got it all her own way,'' Lee said.
Christchurch trainer Malcolm Shinn sent Royal Counsel to the Lee stable in January. Lee and training partner brother Colin usually get a filly from Shinn most seasons with the plan to qualify for the Southland Oaks.
''He reckons she [Royal Counsel] is the best he's sent down,'' Lee said.
- The Southland Times