JOHNNY BE IN FAST RUN OVER 2600m
Harness racing in Canterbury has come along way since Winning Blue Chip won the NZ Derby at Addington in a record time of 3:12.2 for a three-year-old 21 years ago.
Aylesbury owner Trevor Beaton remembers the occasion vividly.
Photo: Red Ransom has the speed on a lap out for Nigel McGrath in The Main Report Mobile Pace at Rangiora on Wednesday, with winner Johnny Be travelling well in the trail.
At the NZ Metropolitan Trotting Club’s meeting on Wednesday, March 23, Johnny Be, a 3YO Holmes Hanover gelding he co-owns with sister Diane Pearson, won a routine 1 win race over the same journey in a smart 3:12.7.
Photo: With 150m to run, Johnny Be and Dexter have Red Ransom’s measure.
Johnny Be’s winning time in The Main Report Mobile Pace at Rangiora would have been quick enough to win 15 Derbys’ run in the interim.
The NZ 3YO mobile 2600m record and NZ Derby race record was reduced to 3:09.4 by Auckland Reactor in the 2008 Derby at Addington.
Trev was left shaking his head a little in disbelief after his lightly-raced pacer rated 1:59.2 for the journey at Rangiora, the leaders running their last 800m in 57.8s.
The quick run had been set up by another 3YO, Red Ransom, with Johnny Be settling into a snug perfect trail before launching at the 200m for top driver Dexter Dunn.
Johnny Be went to the line, travelling well, to score by two lengths, giving hope of further good times ahead with the gelding named after John Beaton, the late father of the co-owners.
Photo: Trainer Cran Dalgety with winning owners, Trevor Beaton and Diane Pearson.
While this was the second win in just 10 starts for Johnny Be, it will be a case of taking each week as it comes for the promising pacer as he works towards bigger and brighter tasks.
The soon to be retired school principal also owns Mirthful Mac, who started a warm favourite in the day’s opener and finished on for fourth to the David and Catherine Butt-trained Corbell, who rated 1:59.2 over the mobile 2000m in the maiden The Met Welcomes You To Rangiora Mobile Pace.
By Jeff Scott