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A dashing double

By Duane Ranger – Twitter: @DuaneRanger

Dashing Dane might not develop into a champion pacer but he could be the best horse Farley Cossey has trained or owned in more than four decades of horsemanship.

The son of Sands A Flyin was sixth favourite on both days (Tuesday and Thursday) of the Taranaki Trotting Club’s meeting on the New Plymouth grass but that did not stop him from securing Cossey’s first two victories of the season.

In fact Dashing Dane and the Murray Pash trained Rosetta Stone were the only horses to win on both days of the meeting.

For Cossey it was a virtually a hometown victory. The 62-year-old is a saw mill worker at the Kaimata Saw Mill near Inglewood, and he lives in Stratford.

“He’s a very nice horse but I don’ think he will be an out and out champion. He’s right up there though with some of the best horses I’ve trained and that includes my very first winner – Clan Derby in the early 1970s. He won six,” Cossey said.

Dashing Dane has now won six of his 61 starts, placed twice and won $31,505 in stakes. His latest two wins came in almost identical fashion from the Abernethy brothers Sailesh and Jay.

Both drivers took Dashing Dave around to the lead and from there the 6-year-old proved simply too strong in front.

On the first day he and Sailesh paced the 1750m mobile in 2:19.8. Two days later Jay and the bay gelding stopped the clock in 2:15.2 (mile rate 2:04.3) with final 800m and 400m sprints of 60.8 and 31.2.

“I’ve always had a lot of time for him. He’s the only horse I’ve got in work. I always like to have at least one while I work at the mill. It’s been a lifetime hobby.

“He will now line up in the Manawatu Cup next week. I prefer to race my horses in the Central Districts, but I guess if he keeps advancing through the grades I might have to take him further north,” Cossey said.

Meanwhile the feature pace of the meeting – the $12,000 Revital Taranaki Cup was won by the Geoff Small trained Electric Chapel.

It was the 5-year-old Mach Three gelding’s 10th win in 28 starts and took his lifetime earnings past the $50,000 mark.

Driven by David Butcher, Electric Chapel paced the 2600m mobile in 3:23.1 (mile rate 2:05.6) with final 800m and 400m sprints of 63.1 and 32.4. Darcee (Josh Dickie) and Vibhuti (Brent Mangos) filled the minors, a neck and 1-1/4 lengths away.

Electric Chapel was the $7.70 third favourite.

The $10,000 Woodlands Stud Taranaki Breeders Stakes was taken out by the Steve Telfer and Chris Garlic trained Better B Amazed, who was having her first start on the grass.

Thanks to a nice Scotty Phelan Drive the 3-year-old Bettor’s Delight filly managed to notch up her fifth win in nine starts. She was a warm even money favourite.

Her winning time for the 1750m mobile was 2:13 flat (mile rate 2:02.3) with final sectionals of 60.6 and 30.7.