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Royal Aspirations smashes New Zealand record

Royal Aspirations not only broke the New Zealand record in today’s (Saturday June 2) Group One $100,000 Mitre 10 Cambridge Ruby for 2yo trotters, he absolutely obliterated it.

The Monarchy colt stopped the clock in 1:56.5 – beating Flying Isa’s national record of 1:59.3 set last year.

“This is a huge thrill. He won easy today. He was relaxed all the way and all I had to do was just let him roll along.

“He’s a real nice trotter once he’s up and going. I thought if he trotted smoothly all the way he would be very difficult to beat,” said driver Sam Smolenski.

Smolenski dictated the pace from the 1200m and allowed the bay to bowl along in front. They won by 4-1/2 lengths and 2-1/4 lengths from Sheemon (Dexter Dunn) and Paramount Queen (Blair Orange).

It was Smolenski’s second Jewels win after he triumphed with Jinja Gal in 2009. It was also the second victory for Weedons trainer, Fred Fletcher. Royal Aspirations is owned by Fletcher, G. R. Bree and G. R. Adamson. He was bred by Fletcher at Roydon Lodge Stud. It was his fifth win in nine starts and he has now banked $104,322.

By Duane RANGER (Harnesslink editor) at Cambridge Raceway