Day At The Track

Lightly raced mare wins Robin Dundee

08:51 AM 27 Jan 2019 NZDT
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Born To Boogie,Harness racing
Born To Boogie
Photo Bruce Stewart

The lightly raced Born To Boogie surprised her trainer Brett Gray when she won the Arden Lodge Robin Dundee Crown at Ascot Park today(Saturday).

“I wasn’t 100% happy with her coming into this race. I thought she was a bit sharper last week. I thought she had something coming on but it’s worked out okay so obviously I was panicking over nothing,” Gray said.

After sitting parked early, cover arrived when Naiya Franco moved to sit outside leader Jody Direen. When Bridesdale Robyn shot round the field with 600 metres to run Barclay popped out of the one one and started to make his run. Born To Boogie took half the straight to get past Jody Direen and she held on to win by a length and a quarter from a late charging Rockabilly Blues.

“She’s got a bit of speed and is good with one run. Rockabilly Blues was unlucky. It was our turn for a bit of luck today.”


Born To Boogie (10) beating Rockabilly Blues (9)                - Photo Bruce Stewart.

Born To Boogie was bred by Northern Southland Stud Macca Lodge and was sold for $17,000 at the 2016 Yearling Sales to Merv and Meg Butterworth. The Rock N Roll Heaven filly started her career with Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen, but sustained a leg injury. She was sent south to the Gray stable where she qualified and won her first two races.

“She’s still a day to day proposition but we’re keeping her pretty sound.”

Today’s win was her third and Gray said the Southern Belle Speed Series will probably feature in her future programme.

Macca Lodge is offering a black Sweet Lou filly which is a half -sister to Born To Boogie at next month’s Christchurch National Yearling Sales.

Meanwhile Annie Fitz caused a big upset in the SBS Bank Mobile Pace winning at odds of 29-1.


Annie Fitz winning at Ascot Park - Photo Bruce Stewart

She managed to avoid an early melee which wreaked the chances of some runners. Driver Craig Ferguson settled the Bettor’s Delight mare last of the seven runners that were left in the race. With 1400 metres to run he secured the one one. At the top of the straight Annie Fitz peeled out and came down the middle of the track to beat B Mac C by three quarters of a length. This was achieved despite getting a flat tyre at the 600 metres which finally separated from the rim after the finish line.

It was the mare’s sixth win for breeder, owner and trainer Ross Wilson.


Bruce Stewart

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