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Show Gait goes two-for-two at Addington

NZ HARNESS NEWS

Regan Todd has always had an opinion of three-year-old trotting filly Show Gait and it increased tenfold on Friday night.

The Woodend Beach trainer lined up his latest discovery for the second time at the Addington meeting and threw an extra curveball when he tossed the reins to visiting American Hall of Fame driver, David Miller.

But the well-bred square-gaiter made light work of it all - winning impressively to remain unbeaten in two career starts and gave Miller his first win on New Zealand soil.

“It was a privilege to have a guy the calibre of David on,” said Todd.

“He handled her well, too; didn’t panic and just enjoyed it really.”

Show Gait is a daughter of Majestic Son and Sierra Roydon and was one of three horses who arrived at Todd’s North Canterbury stable straight from the Rolleston barn of Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen.

Hicori, who won on debut at Omakau earlier this month, was one of the others while the third is currently jogging up.

“Mark and Natalie liked all three of them, but they just didn’t quite have the time that they needed.

“It was an honour to get that call to train them and hopefully the luck can continue the same way for a while to come yet.”

Show Gait won on debut at Timaru in the slush earlier in the month - and while many struggle with the rise from maiden status to the next level, she never shirked the challenge after sitting three-wide for most of the last 800 metres.

“She’s got a bit of bottom to her and if we can keep her calm and sane there will be a bit of fun ahead.”

It was revealed post-race, that her third quarter was the fastest ever ran for a 1950-metre mobile at Addington by any trotter - which put a further stamp on the performance.

Todd has no choice now but to plot a path to the three-year-old trotting features for owner, Cheryl Rasmussen.

“Races like the Derby and the Oaks seem like they would suit her.

“She’s paid up for everything, too, so we will have a good look.”

Miller, who is in New Zealand on a working holiday, drove at Alexandra Park last Friday night but his steer on Show Gait was his first Addington Raceway.

The legendary reinsman will notch up a new first on Sunday when he makes an appearance at Motukarara for a busy day in the sulky on the grass track.

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