Former Kiwi takes the cash at Trotrods
By Dave Di Somma - Harness News Desk
Racing’s new concept the Trotrods has left the best to last, and it was a Kiwi-bred to the fore.
Raced over 947 metres at Redcliffe Raceway in Queensland the Trotrods is racing’s version of T/20 cricket. It features a series of quickfire races with a field of up to five facing the mobile. Held over a series of 16 heats, the big finale was held last night.
Going into the last heat Risky Business had the best time of 65.24 seconds, only for With The Band to go 64.77 and take away the $10,000 prize.
Drawn four of four Paul Diebert got the favourite into the one-one and then powered away for a comfortable win.
With The Band is by 2008 New Zealand Cup winner Changeover out of Flashbang and raced in New Zealand for three wins from 28 starts before crossing the Tasman.
Trained by Chris McDowell and driven by Leo O’Reilly the horse’s last win in New Zealand was at Banks Peninsula in December.
The Trotrods have proved a hit, especially with its on-board cameras that provide a new perspective for the fans on track and at home.
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