Aardie’s Express stamps her mark at Addington
By Joshua Smith, Harness News Desk
Aardie’s Express is proving to be something special for the Stonewall Stud team.
The Steve and Amanda Telfer-trained filly once again showed her class with a demolition job of her rivals in the Listed Woodlands Stud Sires’ Stakes ‘Harness 7000’ Mobile Pace (1980m) when winning by 5-1/2 lengths.
It was the daughter of Always B Miki’s eighth win from nine starts and second at stakes level after winning the Gr.2 Southern Oaks Final (2700m) at Ascot Park in April.
Amanda Telfer was in awe of her filly and is excited about what the future holds for the talented three-year-old.
“She is very special. She has got a big motor,” Telfer said.
“The intention was to drive her positively and Tim (Williams) did a great job.
“She has only been beaten once and that was down in one of her southern runs to Joes Rock.
“She is just getting bigger and stronger and is developing really well.”
Telfer is a fan of the Harness 7000 concept, believing it gives progeny of lower tier stallions a chance to compete for some good prizemoney.
“The race is a good concept and it takes all of the Bettor’s Delights and other top tier stallions out of it and gives everyone a fair go,” she said.
Telfer is hoping it won’t be Aardie Express’ last stakes scalp of the spring, with the filly being set for the sport’s biggest stage, New Zealand Cup Day.
“She will have four or five days off now,” Telfer said.
“She is heading towards the Nevele R (Gr.1, 1980m) on Cup Day, and she will have a couple of runs in-between.”
The brother and sister training partnership also tasted success on Friday with Allamericanlover, who posted her ninth career success when taking out the Harrison Bloy Handicap Pace (2600m).
“She was super off 30m first-up. I am really proud of her,” Telfer said.
“She is going to race every fortnight for a while. Hopefully there are a couple of mares races coming up.
“We have put a nomination in for the Cup (Gr.1, 3200m) but we will just see what transpires. She is great from the stand and loves the distance. We will just take the races as they come and see where she lands.”