TAMWORTH harness followers have seen an emerging star in the making – Pete’s Big Jim. Kudos to Sawyers Gully trainer Stacie Elliott who has done a sterling job with the two-year-old pacer.
On Monday, Pete’s Big Jim received an invitation to contest the Group 1 Emeralds for two-year-old colts and geldings at Cambridge Raceway in New Zealand on June 2 with a prize purse of $138,292 for each pacing event.
Elliott has trained Pete’s Big Jim to two wins and four placings from nine starts. He has now elected to hand over the preparation for the NZ campaign to the Menangle-based and former Hunter team, Shane and Lauren Tritton, for the Jewels.
Pete’s Big Jim emerged as a possible Jewels contender when finishing second behind College Chapel in the Group 3 Sapling Stakes at Menangle in February.
The horse is owned by Canberra-based golf businessman and former golf pro Peter Kohlsdorf.
Hats off also to Maitland reinsman Peter Hedges who has driven Pete’s Big Jim in all of his race starts.
THE Hetherington stables at Narrabri will be eagerly awaiting the release of the barrier draw for Limousine Livia in the $20,000 Tabcorp Park Menangle Country Series Final to be contested at Menangle on May 26.
After missing a berth in the Tamworth heat on May 4, when the mare finished third to Last Party, trainer Jarred Hetherington headed to Newcastle last Saturday night to win that heat with a MR of 1.58 for 1609 metres.
Limousine Livia then stepped out at the Maitland meeting on Monday to back up for another win, with her stats now recording 16 starts for six wins and four placings.
SADLY, this week we saw the tragic passing of Strathlachlan Andy at a Cranbourne harness meeting. Strathlachlan Andy was raced by the Harding family, who are former residents of the North West, now based at Bobs Farm in Newcastle.
Geoff handled the training of Strathlachlan Andy, while eldest son Matthew was the owner and youngest son James took the reins on occasion.
Undertaking a campaign in Victoria under the training of Michael Stanley, Andy had two starts, with a second in the Swan Hill Anzac Cup before a win at the Cranbourne meeting.
A race fall at Cranbourne on Saturday night saw Strathlachlan Andy suffer a fracture mid-shaft on his cannon bone and the horse was humanely euthanised on the track.
Andy’s career spanned 73 race starts for 26 wins and 24 placings.
HARNESS racing will return to the Tamworth Paceway on May 25.