ONCE again Jason Grimson’s masterclass has come to the fore.
Thrust into the limelight during the past two seasons, Grimson’s rapid rise to the top has seen the New South Wales trainer capture a pair of Inter Dominions and now Australian harness racing’s first slot race.
Within three months of joining Grimson’s stable in 2021, Boncel Benjamin was transformed from a struggling free-for-aller to Inter Dominion champion before failing to win another race during the next year after leaving the horseman’s care.
It was a similar case with I Cast No Shadow, which captured the industry’s ‘Holy Grail’ within a year as a member of Grimson’s team.
To a slightly lesser extent, Major Meister was lifted from a handy metropolitan pacer to Group One winner thanks to Grimson’s prowess late last season.
As for the latest magical moment, Grimson made the long journey to Gloucester Park to secure last night’s $1million The Nullarbor with Betterzippit.
Driven to perfection by Cameron Hart, Betterzippit was given time to settle into his stride before being sent to the lead during the middle stages in what proved the decisive move.
Staving off a late challenge from early pacemaker and fellow New South Wales raider, Spirit Of St Louis, the son of Betterthancheddar scored by a head in 1:56.8 over 2536 metres.
Jumpingjackmac was the best of the locals when five metres away third.
Notching a win and three placings for earnings of $20,216 from 15 starts in New Zealand last season, Betterzippit has been a revelation under Grimson’s guidance, boasting six wins from seven outings for earnings of $576,500.