One in a million

HARNESS RACING 

ARTSU remains unbeaten at Tamworth Paceway after winning yesterday’s Australian Training and Consulting Marathon Pace (3110m) and also remains on track for a tilt at January’s rich Golden Guitar crown.

Dean Chapple and Artsu lead all the way to win yesterday's $8000 ATAC Marathon at Tamworth paceway. 
Photos: Gareth Gardner 010914GGD03

Dean Chapple and Artsu lead all the way to win yesterday's $8000 ATAC Marathon at Tamworth paceway. Photos: Gareth Gardner 010914GGD03

The marvellous Moobi mare, just back from a three week Queensland sojourn, led all the way to win yesterday’s ATAC Marathon by 4m from stablemate, Final Count in the $8000 feature.

It was her seventh win from seven starts at Tamworth Paceway since arriving in Australia from New Zealand earlier this year.

“She’s special, one in a million,” trainer/driver Dean Chapple said after yesterday’s win.

“That’s her sixth start in a month. She had three weeks up in Queensland (with Ricky Thurlow) and had some tough runs in good company, but she came home and did this.

“Ricky did a really good job with her up there, but we’ve got a really honest horse.

“She felt super too.”

Chapple had no fear in leading with the mare around her home track where she has proved unbeatable.

“She’ll go to the paddock now,” Chapple said.

“Then come back for a Golden Guitar preparation.”

It was a good day for the little Moonbi horseman.

He also led all the way to win on another NZ convert, Caesar.

The gelding by Julius Caesar was having just his third start in Australia and led all the way to win yesterday’s Longyard Golf Great Chip-Off Final Pace (1980m), driving to a 4.25m win from stablemate Feelgood Tonite in a 2:03 mile rate.

Chapple said there had been 

excuses for the six-year-old’s ordinary statistics.

A winner of just one race in 47 previous starts he surged to a 4.25m from Feelgood Tonite, also another stablemate.

“We’ve had massive problems with him,” Chapple said.

“He’s been cross firing and Cleggy shod him this week.

“As soon as he came here he got a virus too and we might have started him a little prematurely as well.

“He’s not the best one we’ve bought, no world beater, but might go on and win a few more.”

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