YES he is a promising trotter, which helped with the purchase.
Yes, he is capable of making his way through the grades, which helped with the purchase.
In fact, on the eve of his Australian debut one of his co-trainers revealed he has the Inter Dominion in store for the squaregaiter.
And YES, the sentimental value of the gelding’s name helped with the purchase!
Engaged at Tabcorp Park Menangle tomorrow, Amandas Spur will have his first outing for prominent couple Joe and Mary Rando.
A successful combination, the Randos also double as the parents of Harness Racing New South Wales media member, Amanda!
“The paper work is still being done, but Mary owns a half share in him,” Joe explained. “He was with Todd Mitchell in New Zealand and having trouble racing right-handed so he is here to race at Menangle which should suit him better.
“Having Amanda in the name didn’t hurt the sale.”
First-up since last March, Amandas Spur is a $2.75 equal favourite with co 20-metre back marker, My Chimera.
Prepared by James Rattray, the mare has won two of her last three starts, including at Menangle last week.
“He is only lightly-raced and is a real laid back easy going type, but we really like him,” Rando said. “His work has been great, and although he is first-up from a break, is ready to run a good race.”
As for his Inter Dominion plans, Rando is considering using the series as a bargaining tool with her daughter and for future purchases.
Stating he is “ready to become a grandfather”, Rando could persuade Amanda to agree to provide him with a member of the next generation of the family if Amandas Spur makes his way into the Trotters’ Final in Melbourne on December 15.
Plus it will provide Joe and Mary with more names for sentimental purchases!