Addington double for Muscle Mass
One of last year's leading North American sires of trotters, Muscle Mass, continues to do a great job down-under with in effect just one crop of foals currently racing, siring a double at Addington Raceway on Friday evening.
Represented by just current season 4-year-olds, Muscle Mass had two very impressive winners at Addington, particularly so in the Philip Iggo trained Musculus, who streeted his rivals by an arrogant five and a half lengths in the Haras des Trotteurs Mobile Pace over 2600m.
It was the lightly raced 4-year-old's third win, who with six previous second placings to his credit, has now earned just under $42,000 in stakes.
The progressive square-gaiter is the best performed foal to date of the six-win Sundon mare Sheez Speedy.
Muscle Mass's other winner on the night was the mare Bonnie Highlander, who was a tough, all-the-way winner of the Granite Benchtop Company South Island Handicap Trot, also over 2600m.
She is the winner of four races and $36,088 in stakes-money to date.
Like Musculus she is also out of a six-time winning dam - this time the Armbro Invasion mare, and sibling to Group 1 winners Whatsundermykilt and Glenbogle - Lexie Highlander.
For good measure Muscle Mass also sired a quinella at Waimate on Sunday afternoon with Jour Highness beating I W McNik in the second on the card.
Muscle Mass is currently New Zealand's leading sire of 4-year-old trotters with 18 winners from 27 starters and more than double the progeny earnings of the second placed stallion.