SA Trots -Wings On Her Feet salutes for Procter on Monday

WAS a case of ‘anything you can do, I can do better’ on Monday.

Making the trip to Victoria to visit his daughter during the weekend, veteran horseman Jeff Procter was at Yarra Valley to watch Kim’s trotter, Abitofadreamer, finish second.

Driven by David Murphy, Abitofadreamer began from the middle of the back row before being beaten by four metres by Aldebaran Boyd.

Though he was naturally pleased for Kim, Procter decided to “go one better” seven minutes later.

Back at his home track – Globe Derby – Procter’s squaregaiter, Wings On Her Feet, broke her maiden status.

“Obviously I was happy for Kim,” Procter said. “It’s the first time I have been over there when she has had a starter and it was a pretty good run.

“But I couldn’t let her get ahead of herself and had to go one better just to remind her Dad still knows what he’s doing.”

With Tiana McMahon holding the reins, Wings On Her Feet showed her customary early speed to lead from the pole as Ellies Image was forced to work overtime in the ‘death seat’.

Fending off the initial challenge around the home bend, the daughter of Pegasus Spur staved off a late charge from Quakers Royale to score by a head.

Emmas Joy was a metre-and-a-half away third.

Rating 2:02.7 over 1800 metres, Wings On Her Feet is part-owned by Procter and Kim, while also being ‘co-trained’ by Procter’s granddaughter, Bella.

“Over the short trip and from the draw, I felt this was her chance to get a win,” Procter said. “It got close at the finish, but she held on, which is the main thing.

“She has been up for a while now, so it’s a good time to send her for a spell on a winning note.

“She’s a five-year-old, but has only had 23 starts and still doesn’t really know what she’s doing.”

Paul Courts

Photo Walter Bulyga