Big weekend for Live Or Die
It was another great weekend of results for Nevele R’s outstanding sire Live Or Die with Waipawa Lad taking out the Green Mile at Methven on Sunday and across the Tasman Im Mark Antony victorious in the Yarra Valley Pacing Cup...
It was another great weekend of results for Nevele R’s outstanding sire Live Or Die with Waipawa Lad taking out the Green Mile at Methven on Sunday and across the Tasman Im Mark Antony victorious in the Yarra Valley Pacing Cup.
In the Topnotch Four Square Supermarket Green Mile last season’s NZ Free For All winner stormed home in the straight from the back of the field to just grab 2007 winner Kipp Ross on the line and score by a head in a slick time of 1:58.2.
It was the 8yo gelding’s 16th lifetime win, with the stakes-money boosting the Dean Taylor runner’s overall career earnings to $346,703.
Waipawa Lad is the first and only foal to race to date of Caprock mare Joyrock.
At the same venue the promising Robert Dunn trained 3yo Lionels Meddle recorded his second career win from just four starts to date and looks well on his way to emulating his talented older brother Majhac Meddle.
Another standout NZ performer for Live Or Die over the weekend was the very smart Still Coughin who made it three wins from as many starts in the fourth on the card at Forbury Park on Friday evening.
Across the Tasman last season’s Tasmanian Derby winner Im Mark Antony broke through for his first win of the season in the $20,000 Yarra Valley Pacing Cup ending a frustrating run of five seconds.
After delaying the start and being sent to the outside the Allan McDonough trained gelding soon found his way to the front and never relinquished the lead, holding off Genuine Star in the straight to score by a half head.
The gelding’s record now stands at 12 wins for $118,937 in earnings.
The meeting also featured the return of last season’s 2yo Victorian Pacing Colt of the Year Living On Fire, with the gelding a comfortable winner of his first race for the season.
It was the 3yo son of Live Or Die’s sixth win from just 8 race-day starts, with his earnings approaching $100,000.