Winton trials prove a success for pair
Knapdale training partners Colin Baynes and Robin Swain had a 100 percent success rate with two horses at the Winton trials yesterday.
Their starters, Giuliani and John Of Arc, were among the nine qualifiers on the programme. Giuliani settled third in a 2400m standing start event. He moved forward without cover from the 900m and did best in 3min 9sec.
John Of Arc won a 2400m mobile trial by nine lengths in 3:7.4.
''They show potential,'' Swain said.
Giuliani, a 3-year-old Live Or Die gelding from New York Star (one win), is a grand son of Star (two wins), who rates as a sister to the 1988 New Zealand Free-For-All winner Tax Credit.
''He's a lovely pacer. Six months down the track, he'll be a nice horse,'' Swain said of Giuliani.
John Of Arc is a half-brother by Courage Under Fire to intermediate grade trotter Cool Cobber. They belong to a highly successful trotting family.
A 3-year-old pacer, John Of Arc was not completely cured of cross-firing, Swain said.
''It's a slow process of getting him ironed out. There's still a bit to be done.'' The three winners from Hamish Hunter's Ryal Bush stable - Canardly Lover, Liam Sienna and In The Kitty - recorded pleasing performances yesterday.
In The Kitty will resume racing at Ascot Park tomorrow week. Hunter might also start Canardly Lover at the Northern Southland Trotting Club meeting.
Pacers' Qualifying Stand, 2400m - Giuliani (3g Live Or Die-New York Star) (R Swain) 1, Hearts Desire 2, McArdle Meg 3, Anger Management 4, Its Bella 5; five started and all qualified; 1/2hd, 3/4l, 1 1/4l; 3:9, 3:9, 3:9.3, 3:9.6, 3:9.9, 59.8, 29.4; winning trainers, Colin Baynes and Robin Swain.
Trotters' Qualifying Stand, 2400m - Experiment (T Barron) 1, Free Dreams 2; two started and no qualifier; 17l, 3:17.2, 3:20.6, 66, 35.5; winning trainer, T Barron.
Pacers' Qualifying Mobile, 2400m - John Of Arc (3g Courage Under Fire-Cool Maiden) (R Swain) 1, Rio Bravo 2, Sulamar 3, Rock Of Tara; four started and first three qualified; 9l, 8l, 1/2l; 3:7.4, 3:9.2, 3:10.8, 3:10.9, 58.9, 28.8; winning trainers, C Baynes and R Swain.
Non Winners' Mobile, 2400m - In The Kitty (A Hunter) 1, Beaudiene Beyonce 2, Neat N Petite 3; six started; 2l, nk, 1/2l; 3:5.5, 57.6, 27.9; winning trainer, A Hunter. De Bon Vouloir (3:7.3) qualified in this trial.
Non Winners' Stand, 2400m - Liam Sienna (S Walkinshaw) 1, Righthere Rightnow 2, Sterns Arising 3; three started; 10l, 2l; 3:10.8, 58.1, 28.3; winning trainer, A Hunter.
One To Two-Wins Mobile, 2400m - Canardly Lover (S Walkinshaw) 1, Devil May Care 2, Itsnewstome 3; four started; hd, 1/2hd; 3:2.7, 56, 28; winning trainer, A Hunter.
- The Southland Times