September 18, 2017 National Trotguide
DOUBLES were the order of the day as ace reinsmen Robbie Morris, Todd McCarthy and Anthony Butt all drove two winners each at Tabcorp @ Club Menangle’s meeting on Saturday, with Butt seizing the biggest win in the feature race.
In a thrilling finish, the former Kiwi reinsman steered the $1.90 favourite My Field Marshall to victory for his brother Tim, holding off Todd McCarthy and Allblack Stride by a neck.
A son of Art Major, My Field Marshall clocked the fastest time of the meeting in 1:51.9 seconds to win the Group Three Garrards Horse And Hound Pace event.
Starting as the widest runner in the field of 12, My Field Marshall settled midfield in the early stages of the race and travelled wide to join the leaders down the back straight.
As the field straightened out from the final turn, My Field Marshall hit top gear to record his 19th win from 41 starts.
Butt backed up with a win in the following race for trotters with the $1.70 favourite Kyvalley Blur.
The veteran 10-year-old gelding raced three wide before hitting the lead going into the back straight.
Only a short half-head margin split Butt and Kyvalley Blur from a fast-finishing Blake Fitzpatrick with Blazing Under Fire.
Meantime, Robbie Morris started with a win in the opener with Stormont Czar ($6).
Stormont Czar appeared to be trapped on the inside with nowhere to go coming into the home straight.
However, as a gap opened up, Morris eased across and the seven-year-old gelding flew down the last 100 metres to win by a half head.
Trainer Mark Callaghan’s Lovin Miss Daisy ($2.30) gave Morris the second leg of his double.
The six-year-old mare tired as the finish line was in sight but held on to win by a neck from runner-up Ima Mystery Girl.
The meeting’s other multiple winner Todd McCarthy was also involved in a tight finish in the first leg of his double when Major Star ($5.50) got up by a short half-head from runner-up Composed.
McCarthy closed the meeting with a winner in the final race when the $2.80 favourite God Send notched his 22nd career victory from 147 starts.