Punters who followed longshot maestro Pat Harding would have been laughing all the way to the bank after last week’s meeting at Gloucester Park.
Vampiro was a $56.20 outsider last Friday night when he produced an eye-catching and unlucky fifth behind star New Zealander Ultimate Machete in the $200,000 Group 1 Retravision Golden Nugget.
Hall of Fame trainer Gary Hall Snr is making a concerted bid to win the Christmas Gift and he has bright prospects of winning the three qualifying heats at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
Thirty-five-year-old Kristy Elson has high hopes of making a flying start to her career as a trainer by landing a winner with her first starter Cott Beach in the $18,000 GT Insurance Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
New Zealand champion Lazarus took out the $1.1 million TABtouch Inter Dominion final at Gloucester Park last night before a crowd of some 9,000 fans.
What a night of harness racing at Gloucester Park! The best Inter Dominion Championship Final we’ve seen in many years and three other high-quality Group 1 events on a stellar 11-event card.
Lightly-raced five-year-old El Jacko won a heat of the International Health Products San Simeon Pace with such authority that he should overcome a back-line draw and win the $50,000 final over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
Twenty-six-year-old Rebecca Bartley is the youngest driver in the $1.1 million TABtouch Inter Dominion championship final at Gloucester Park on Friday night and she will be handling San Carlo, the least-experienced runner in the Group 1 feature over 2936m.
Champion New Zealand trainer-reinsman Mark Purdon was disappointed when his horse Mr Mojito, the 2-1 favourite, hung in badly in the final circuit and finished fifth behind Soho Tribeca in the Golden Nugget last December and he is full of confidence he will make amends by driving the brilliant Ultimate Machete to victory in the $200,000 Retravision Golden Nugget at Gloucester Park on Friday night.