Ricky May notches up third consecutive century
He might have been upstaged by wonder kid Dexter Dunn a night earlier, but Addington was thrilled to see Ricky May notch his century.
One night after Dunn scored his 200th driving win for the season at Forbury Park, the veteran brought up 100 in race two at Addington last night.
May has always been considered one of the nice guys of the harness game and in his own humble style he said the milestone was important to him.
''People say oh it probably doesn't mean to you, but it still does.''
May said it would be ''really nice'' to head away on holiday today with his third consecutive 100-plus win season in the bag.
He had not thought about the possibility of a fourth consecutive century next year.
''I honestly just take every season as it comes. I'm lucky enough to drive some pretty good horses and people still keep putting me on.
''When they start telling me I'm too old then I'll listen to them and give it up.''
The master driver holds the outright record for the most New Zealand Cup victories (seven) and won just about everything there is to win in the country.
It was fitting that May brought up the milestone in race two on Abbey Cullen for his old mate Dave Anderson.
He said it was a relief to get the milestone out of the way early in the night.
May had been driving for the Prebbleton trainer for more than 30 years.
''It's a pretty long association alright. I'm rapt to do it for them. Me and Dave went to America together when we were only 18.''
His first two wins came in the non-tote Australasian Breeders Crown heats for Mark Jones.
''Mark Jones was really good to me,'' May said.
May's fourth win of the night was with the Brendon Hill-trained Dalton Bromac.
The talented 3-year-old started roughly and conceded big ground to the leaders, but May showed all his experience to get into the one-one.
The Major In Art - Desiholmes gelding sprinted home to take an eye-catching win.
Major Bubbles scorched to a predictable win in the feature pace of the night, but was pushed hard by big runs from Captain Peacock and Billythehuntedone.
Dexter Dunn took the heavily backed favourite to the lead with just over a lap to go.
A large group of owners were again too big to fit in the birdcage when Mark Purdon drove Saratoga to a comfortable win.
But there were many nervous faces when the siren sounded for an enquiry because of a possible breach of the push out rule. Luckily for the syndicate, the enquiry did not proceed.
The Robert Dunn-trained Artismee snatched defeat from the jaws of victory in the second heat of the Australasian Breeders Crown for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers.
Artismee had the race won after trailing Zakspatrol all the way before John Dunn eased out of the trail to work into the lead.
But within five metres of the finish post, Artismee broke and was relegated after the race.
John Dunn said Artismee had not paced well the whole race and was at a loss to explain why the mistake had happened.
Jones' Sabellian won the 3-year-old heat for pacers in a two horse race over the Andrew Stuart-trained Moonlight Dance.