Moon shines at Melton, just like mum

AUSSIE SPOILS: One Over Da Moon is being set for the Victorian Derby.
AUSSIE SPOILS: One Over Da Moon is being set for the Victorian Derby.

One Over Da Moon's owner and breeder Lex Williams, of Waimate, has dubbed his enigmatic trotter's success in the Group Two Holmfield at Melton in Australia as one of his best moments in the sport.

Last weekend's win was made more special because One Over Da Moon's dam, One Over Kenny, who was also owned by Williams and his wife Heather, won the same race in 2005.

The results under the guidance of new Australian-based trainer/driver Chris Lang helped banish the memories of a disappointing Harness Jewels effort at Cambridge last month where the three-year-old galloped out of contention as he continued to battle behavioural issues that have undermined the undeniable ability in his young career.

Williams said the victory was a huge thrill for himself and his wife.

"This win probably means more to us than One Over Kenny's because we bred the horse and own him of course, so it's pretty special." Williams said Lang had tried half hobbles in the race to try to correct the horse's behaviour but he was unsure if that was the reason for the improvement from Cambridge.

"We spoke to [former trainer] Paul Nairn and Chris about trying a few different things that might work. The run at Cambridge might have been a bit of bad luck from being on the second line and being on the inside. Both he and his mother never like being amongst traffic in a race.

"We know he has all the talent in the world and he quite likes the travel so that is a big plus when you take a horse to Australia." Williams said the horse, by Majestic Son, would now be aimed at the Victorian Derby next month which his mother finished second in.

Then the next step would be looking to qualify for the Breeders Crown in Melbourne.

The Timaru Herald