First NZ winner for Net Ten EOM
NZ HARNESS NEWS
Net Ten EOM was credited with his first New Zealand winner when Wolf West stormed home at Gore on Sunday to win at just his second start.
It was the ideal result for Macca Lodge boss Brent McIntyre who markets the services in New Zealand of the well-bred United States-based stallion.
“He's owned by an Amish family in Indiana and they supply frozen semen,” McIntyre said.
“He's only got small numbers, most of them in the south, but everyone who has one is happy.”
Net Ten EOM, by Somebeachsomewhere, was good enough to clock 1.49.4 on a half mile track before injury interrupted his career. His dam was the champion mare Glowing Report, who has a 1:49.2 to her credit.
McIntyre said Net Ten EOM's disjointed racing career was the result of getting his foot in a gate as a two-year-old, then after winning three in a row at three, suffering a slab fracture of a knee in a paddock incident.
Trained by Tony Stratford, the three-year-old Wolf West is from Net Ten EOM's first New Zealand crop and in February was the sire's first qualifier.
After one start as a juvenile, when he finished about nine lengths behind Another Masterpiece at Ascot Park, Stratford decided to spell him.
Despite the quality of his win in the stand-start 2200 on Sunday in the hands of Tim Williams, the gelding's trainer is contemplating the same measure.
“He's well gaited and level-headed, and Tim said he won with a bit in hand, but he's still a bit weak,” Stratford said. “I might put him aside again.”
Stratford bought Wolf West from his breeder Neil Timms - who has kept a share - as a yearling for a group of first-time owners from around Balclutha, where Stratford grew up.
The gelding is out of Ali's Fella, who had previously left Ted West, a strong hint that the 'namer' of the foals is a fan of TV's Outrageous Fortune and Westside.
Ted West won six in New Zealand and six in Australia while another half-brother, Sioux West, was also a winner on both sides of the Tasman.
Timms, as breeder-owner, and McIntyre, as trainer, missed a second triumph by just half-a-head when The Bull Pen succumbed to the fast-finishing Ellnbac in the very next race.
And there was further Northern Southland success when Eddie Jaccka, owned and bred by Charlie Smaill won a mares and fillies mobile 2200.
“She is stronger this year,” Smaill said of the mare who hadn't raced since April.
Out of Esprit Jaccka, Edie Jaccka is a younger half-sister to Elva Jaccka who finished third to the impressive visitor Stun Gun in the last.
The Croupier, a half sister to the 1:51 miler Freyberg, quit maiden ranks on Sunday at his second start.
The Roll With Joe four-year-old, who finished runner-up on debut a fortnight ago, was bred and is raced Phillip Hewitson.
He also raced Freyberg before selling the son of Washington VC to Australia, where he was a triple group three winner.
Shane Mathieson prepares The Croupier, who has been driven in both his starts by Sheree Tomlinson.
- NZ Harness News