Oamaru horse The Silver Fox has had a solid start to his harness racing career, notching up two wins and two second placings.
Silver Fox is jointly owned by Cucina 1871 Restaurant and Bar owners, Andy and Mary-Claire Anderson, and Keith and Lyn Stevens. He is trained by Phil Williamson, of Totara.
Mr Anderson said they purchased the horse at the 2010 yearling sales in Christchurch, some time after attending cup week and deciding it would be great to have a horse to race themselves.
Because of his size, the five-year-old gelding is late maturing, but is certainly showing potential.
On Sunday, he raced in the Morrison’s Saddlery and Feed Handicap Trot at Oamaru and although he was placed late in the field, Mr Anderson said it was more a case of inexperience than anything else.
“He has always been slow to start and on Sunday he started fast and then dropped back and got cut off.
“This caused him to gallop.”
Mr Anderson said it was a strong field and he was third favourite for the race.
The horse, he said, had been doing so well and now perhaps they had “struck reality” with this latest result.
The winner of the race was King Kenny, which is by the same sire as The Silver Fox, Pegasus Spur.
The team now have their sights set on a race at Addington in a month’s time, which should suit the horse and driver. Bradley Williamson has been driving Silver Fox and is a junior driver.
By LINDA MCCARTHY