Seaswift Joy heading to America

NZ HARNESS NEWS

Classy mare Seaswift Joy has been sold and will do her future racing in North America.

Trainer James Stormont confirmed a deal had been finalised on the daughter of Bettor’s Delight, a winner of 11 races and in excess of $136,000.

She was Group 1-placed in the $150,000 4YO Diamond at the Harness Jewels in Cambridge on June 2 before recording a third and a fourth in two subsequent Auckland starts.

“She got a wee bit tired towards the end of the season, but she has done an excellent job for Malcolm Shinn and the other owners,” he said.

Shinn co-bred and trained the mare for a majority of her 40 starts, but she did have two stints with Stormont in the north.

“I don’t get many come through my gate that I can use early and then kick on at the end with,” said Stormont.

“She was the total package – could do work, lead or be driven cold and had the speed to make her own luck.”

The price was fair and reflected Seaswift Joy’s standing in the national mares ranks, according to Stormont, but the decision was made a bit easier by the lack of feature girls-only races in the country for horses of her ilk.

It’s been a tough period for Stormont as a trainer as he recently also lost gun trotter Mum’s Pride and other well-performed square-gaiters Forfeathers and Shady Sadie to retirement as well.

“And a horse I have a lot of time for, an unraced Bettor’s Delight gelding out of La Norvic De Milo has just done a tendon for the second time, right before the workouts stage.

“That might be it for him.”

That leaves Magilligan Point as the stable star and, despite only winning two races in a short career, Stormont is struggling to get a fair race for him.

“I’m considering sending him down south for a few runs next month.

“I need to think outside the square because he shouldn’t have to race in the field he was in the other night after only five starts.”

A Thailand holiday is quickly looming for the veteran horseman, a member of the exclusive 1000 driving wins club.

“My bodies aching, it’s cold and miserable and I’m having a bad run with the team, so a holiday is just what I need.”

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