Thefixer’s promising return
By Dave Di Somma, Harness News Desk
Trainer Regan Todd has been encouraged by former New Zealand Cup winner Thefixer’s return to the track, though he concedes it’s early days.
The seven-year-old son of Bettor’s Delight has made his first public appearance since joining Todd’s barn three months ago. With Todd doing the driving himself Thefixer finished second at today’s Ashburton trials.
“He made easy work off the 40 metres and sat last and then ran on… it was the ideal hit out.”
Thefixer won the 2018 New Zealand Cup for the All Stars Stables but moved to Todd’s beach-based Woodend barn after suffering from recurring foot problems.
“It was a cool feeling to drive him,” said Todd, “and he seems nice and bright”.
Todd reckons he asked the winner of 12 races and nearly a million dollars for about eighty per cent effort, and is confident there is a room for a lot of improvement.
He’ll be back at the trials next week with his first race likely to be the Canterbury Classic at Addington on October 2.
The target of course is the New Zealand Cup more than a month later with Todd confirming that Bob Butt will partner the horse throughout this campaign.
“All going well it would be cool for me and Bob to have one in the Cup.”