First outing for well-bred filly

By Joshua Smith, Harness News Desk

Well-bred filly Galleons Devotion will be looking to make a winning start to her racing career when she makes her debut in the Spectators ‘Iconic Kiwi Roast’ Trot (2000m) at Addington Raceway on Friday night.

By Majestic Son, Galleons Devotion is out of two-win mare Ugly Betty, a half-sister to Group One winners Pocaro, Daenerys Targaryen, Sun Of Anarchy, and Group One performer Springbank Sam, and John Morrison is hoping she can have just a slither of her family’s ability.

The three-year-old trotter has had three trials and won her 2400m workout last Saturday and Morrison is hoping for a solid debut performance.

“She is a good, gaited horse, and has done things right in her trials, but raceday is a big step,” Morrison said. “Hopefully she can get around in one piece and be running on.

“She has got a bit of speed. She hasn’t shown too much, but I haven’t asked for a lot either.”

Morrison will also take the reins behind the Gavin Burgess-trained Alpine Delight who will have their first run in more than 18 months when they contest the Mid-Winter At Addington New Date 6th August Mobile Pace (1980m).

“I think he just had a bit of soundness trouble,” Morrison said. “He trialled okay, so hopefully he can do the same thing on Friday.

“He hasn’t raced for a while, but I have driven him in two trials and he is heading on the right path.”

The Greg Manson-trained Copperhead Rose takes two third placings into the Business Carpet Dealz NZ-Phone 0800 713340 Handicap Pace (2600m) and Morrison expects a similar result on Friday when he takes the reins.

“He has been going quite good,” he said. “He probably needed the run first-up because his last two have been really good.

“He has been hitting the line well with good times so hopefully he can get away and get a good run.”

Morrison is also looking forward to hopping in the cart behind eight-win mare Time In A Bottle in the Hagley Windows & Doors Handicap Trot (2600m).

“She is an honest old mare. She usually does things right, she just needs to be driven for one run, so it all depends on how the race is run,” Morrison said.

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