SA TROTS - SA Horses over the border
WHAT has already been a big week for South Australian-bred stock has the promise to be even bigger!
Several days ago four pacers with SA connections contested Breeders’ Crown heats in Bendigo, with each progressing through to Saturday night’s semis at Tabcorp Park Melton.
On the other side of the Tasman, Majestic Cruiser was massive when runner-up in yesterday’s New Zealand Cup.
Bred and owned by ‘Croweaters’ Des and Heather Glynn, Majestic Cruiser will be back in action on Friday when he tackles the New Zealand Free-For-All.
To the Glynn’s dismay, Majestic Cruiser has drawn 13 – the outside of the second row.
The son of Art Major is no stranger to Group One glory on the Shaky Isles having secured the New Zealand Messenger Championship last April.
As for the Breeders’ Crown quartet, they were led by reigning champion Encipher, which began her title defence in the perfect manner by securing her qualifier with the greatest of ease.
Encipher was bred and is owned by SA horseman Tyson Linke who also had Coco Mia in the same heat, with the three-year-old an eye-catching third.
Bred by Linke, Coco Mia is in a separate semi to Encipher, but will clash with the SA-owned Soho Historia, which was triumphant in her heat.
“I couldn’t be happier with the way they both went,” Linke said. “They will be in the thick of action again in the semis and with a bit of luck they will make it through to the Final.”
The trio of fillies are prepared by Emma Stewart, who this week became the trainer of the remaining member of the quartet – Offyarocker Crocker.
A gallant fourth from a horrid second row draw, Offyarocker Crocker’s stable switch is purely logistics according to owner, SA businessman Gary Crocker.”Michael (Doltoff) has a big team in work, including several of my horses, and it is too big an ask for him to stay away from his stable in New South Wales for one horse,” Crocker explained. “He suggested I send him to Emma, so that’s what I did.”Last week was a lot stronger than what he had been racing against so to finish fourth from his draw was a terrific effort.”
Like Linke, Crocker has enjoyed success in the futurity having won the 2014 Final with Offyarocker Crocker’s brother, Major Crocker.
Story: HRSA Media