Mogul too powerful at Westport
NZ HARNESS NEWS
Being in the right mood at the right time helped Mogul win the feature pace on the second day of the West Coast Christmas circuit.
The Jim and James Geddes trained pacer toughed out a narrow victory over Gimmefiveminutesmore to win at massive $42 odds at Westport on Friday.
Mogul, with James Geddes in the sulky, was keen to run approaching the home turn and hit the lead in the straight before holding off the late finish of the runner-up.
Earlier in the event the six-year-old was not as eager to stride out at all.
In fact, he was flat just keeping up.
“I actually tried to go around them twice,” James Geddes said.
“I went once and then went back in because I was flat.”
“The second time I pulled the hood and got him to go and it was just as they eased up, so I got around easy.”
Once he found the parked position Mogul did the rest.
He was keen and served it up to the leader, Just N Awe, without Geddes having to ask the horse for an effort.
“He picked up the bit once he got around them.
“I wasn’t that keen putting the pressure on there, but he was jogging and he was wanting to run.”
Mogul fought hard in the straight and recaptured his best form by holding Gimmefiveminutesmore out by a head.
Apart from running two fair races for third and fourth placings at Manawatu earlier this month, the American Ideal pacer has battled to find form this season.
His Manawatu trip and venturing to the West Coast should help the horse, which Geddes describes as both an unusual type and a grossly conditioned pacer, get back to his best.
“He has had a couple of trips away that have brought him on, he is a fat little bugger.
“He needs the racing.”
Rookie trainer Darren Keast continued his brilliant West Coast form with a winning treble at Friday's meeting.
Keast scored his first two wins as a trainer at the course on Wednesday.
He scored win number three when Fortnue Tiller ran to a maiden pacing victory on Friday.
Win number four came when Lovey Dovey Moment took out the meeting’s feature trot.
Win number five came when Be Mine Tonight justified her favouritism to win over 2600m.
Keast was in the sulky behind all three of his winners on Friday and brought up his first winning treble as a driver.