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    This is the best feeling: Grimson This is the best feeling: Grimson

    JASON Grimson and Cam Hart celebrate their NZ Cup win with Swayzee.

    SWAYZEE’S win in Tuesday afternoon’s $750,000 New Zealand Cup will go as down as one for the ages. Trained at Menangle by Jason Grimson,... This is the best feeling: Grimson

    SWAYZEE’S win in Tuesday afternoon’s $750,000 New Zealand Cup will go as down as one for the ages.

    Trained at Menangle by Jason Grimson, the son of RocknRoll Heaven achieved something that so many good horses have previously attempted but failed.

    Taking on the Kiwis on their home soil is an optimistic challenge, but heading into what is regarded as the Melbourne Cup of harness racing in Australasia.

    Both Grimson and driver Cameron Hart were supremely confident that if their pacer gained a clear run from the standing start, he would go close to winning . . . and they were spot-on.

    Hart gave the five-year-old gelding time to settle in the first 600 metres of the gruelling 3200-metre trip, before he allowed Swayzee to slide around the field, eventually finding the lead with two laps remaining and from that point onwards he dictated the terms perfectly.

    Coming to the bell, his main rival, the Mark Purdon-trained and driven favourite Akuta dashed around from a mid-field trailing position to put himself into the race.

    But Hart was alert to the move and put the pedal to the metal, forcing Akuta to work hard in the breeze and from there Swayzee displayed sheer power and dominance, running away over the concluding stages to score by eight metes in a mile rate of 1:58.9.

    For Grimson, the win was one of great satisfaction, and he was full of praise of Hart’s drive.

    “Cam got him away beautifully,” said Grimson.

    “It was a great drive as he put Swayzee into a perfect spot early and our horse was just simply too good.

    “This is the best feeling.

    “It is not easy for Australian-trained horses to come over here and win these big races, especially from the standing start.

    “But I really hope we have now set a trend and that it can continue in the future.”

    There are two harness racing meetings in New South Wales today and tonight.

    Tamworth hosts nine races this afternoon and Penrith will run an eight-race program tonight.

    Local trainer-driver Tom Ison has been in top form on his home track and drove five winners at Tamworth on November 2.

    He has a full book of drives today, including Denstown in Race 6, who is chasing a hat-trick of wins.

    Another in-form reinsman, Will Rixon has seven drives at Penrith tonight.


    GO YOU GOOD THING: Swayzee puts his Kiwi rivals to the sword at Addington on Tuesday.

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