“HE’S getting a lot slower, but he still has the run of the place and acts like he’s the King.”
With a record of with 38 wins and 18 placings from 67 starts for earnings of $2,074,916, Westburn Grant has every reason to act like the King.
Not only did he capture an incredible 15 Group Ones from ages three to seven, Westburn Grant overcame career-threatening injuries in the process.
Among the stallion’s victories are the Miracle Mile, Western Australia Cup, New Zealand and Victoria Derbys, South Australia Cup and Queensland Pacing Championship.
It is the 34-year-old’s success in the Melbourne Inter Dominion, however, which has brought his memories to the fore.
Appropriately timed, the Westburn Grant Free-For-All will be conducted at Tabcorp Park Melton on Saturday night in honour of the pacer’s 1992 Inter Dominion triumph at Moonee Valley.
Across the Tasman during the same evening the sport’s latest stars will clash in the Auckland-based Inter Dominion Final.
“He’s getting a lot slower, but he still has the run of the place and acts like he’s the King,” said Vic Frost who trained, drove and part-owned the son of Land Grant.
“He still lives here on our property and is doing well for his age. He’s a free ranging stallion, which runs around a paddock and stops to say hello.
“All he does is relax, enjoy life and socialise with the other horses. He never gets locked up and pretty does as a he pleases.
“This time of year brings back a lot of memories as does Miracle Mile time.
“We will never get another one like him – even half as good would be nice!”
As for the feature in Spot’s name, comeback pacer Ride High is the one to beat from barrier four.
Recently returning from an injury-enforced break, Ride High is a short-priced favourite for trainer Clayton Tonkin.
The son of Art Major was first-up for 15 months when he captured the Four and Five-Year-Old Championship in Melton on November 9.
“I couldn’t be happier with the way he has come along since his first run,” Tonkin said. “He’s been working a treat and will be very hard to beat from the draw.”