The best is yet to come

By Matt Markham

Paul Nairn is nowhere near finished getting the full potential out of his latest trotting star, Habibti Ivy.

So everything that the royally bred filly has managed to achieve in her short career is open to improvement as maturity and natural progression take hold.

And that’s pretty scary.

She easily put away a good field of three-year-old trotting ladies in the NZ Oaks last night – showing good early gate speed to lead before taking and trail and then bursting up the passing lane to win with plenty in store.

There was one other testing moment though when the siren sounded and the stewards opened an investigation into whether or not Blair Orange had drifted inside the markers.

Orange managed to convince the panel that the distance travelled wasn’t enough to gain an advantage and that was inside the limit set and placing stood – much to the relief of the filly’s owners, Gabby and Julie Maghzal.

Nairn has always had plenty of time for the daughter of Love You and Ten To One and felt vindicated in his decision to press on with her this campaign.

“You can have a horse at home who is going good and giving you a pretty good feeling but you never quite know what it’s going to be like when they step out on the track.

“She still has a lot to learn and has left me a little frustrated at home on more than a few occasions.

“But she was faultless out there tonight.’’

A full –sister to open classing trotting mare, Habibti – Habibti Ivy has quite the future in front of her.

With her breeding and a Group race victory next to her name already her value is rather large.

And Orange thinks she can keep up the form.

“She’s got the all round game that will take her a long way.’’

Sunny Ruby boomed home late to finished in second position while Fiery Mountain Girl was huge in defeat when running third.

“We are over the moon,’’ co-trainer Aimee Edmonds said.

“She will head to Australia now as there is a lot of good races available to her there.

“Back here it’s pretty tough from her on.’’

Arya’s return to Addington wasn’t quite the victorious one punters expected but the speedy filly will take plenty of benefit out of the performance.