Fine day for local trainers

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Oamaru trainers had a fine day at last week’s meeting of the Oamaru Trotting Club.

The day was a success story for the local stables and good crowds captured the holiday spirit and enjoy a great day of racing on a good track.

Local trainer Colin McKay teamed up with Oamaru driver Mathew Williamson to take out race two, the PGGWrightson Standardbred Trot ahead of Kiwi Kex and Sunnivue Sadona.

The locals were back in the winning circle again when Scotty’s Image from Diane Hart’s Oamaru stable saluted the judge at the head of the field in race three. Once again, Mathew Williamson made it two in a row for the Oamaru driver.

It is the first win in 15 starts for the six-year-old gelding and provided Hart with her first winner at her home track after 21 years with a trainer’s license.

The driving skills of master reinsman Ricky May certainly played a part in Live the Dream winning race six on the card, the Morrison’s Saddlery Handicap Trot with stakes of close to $8000.

The 10-year-old gelding has had 30 starts since saluting the judge at the head of the field at the Oamaru meeting in 2012 , but has been plagued by injuries in his career.

May was back at the head of the field on Race eight when he piloted Jeans Mattjesty to take the winning honours ahead of Roo Star and Greenburn Creek. This win gave him his second for the day.

Race nine on the card for junior drivers was abandoned after driver Jessica Young was dislodged from the sulky behind Breeny’s Smile at the start of the event, which had been scheduled for 2600m. The race was initially halted while the starters made their way back to the starting point, but then abandoned because the horses had travelled over 1000m.

By JAMES FORD

PHOTO: JAMES FORD