The age old adage of taking it easy now and reaping the benefits later fits perfectly for Great Things Happen.
The rising star of Gavin Smith Racing Stables has been patiently handled by Gavin throughout his career to date and don’t expect that to change any time in the near future. Even if that does mean missing out on the biggest payday available to a four-year-old trotter in any, given, season.
A dominant winner of both of his race day appearances this time in in recent weeks, the fledgling son of Love You looks destined to work his way through the grades and could, if pushed, qualify for the Four-Year-Old Ruby at the Harness Jewels later this season.
He smashed his rivals at Rangiora on Sunday, winning by five and a half lengths while barely breaking a sweat.
In just his second start back since winning at Timaru back in July of last year, Great Things Happen has now won six of his 13 career starts – pocketing more than $37,000 in the process.
Gavin said the decision to give the horse such a big spell at the end of his three-year-old season was quite an easy one.
“He was always such a big, weak sort of horse so we decided to give him a good break at the end of last season to fill out and mature and he’s done that,” he said.
“He is still very inexperienced and green, both mentally and with his gait and real high speed.
“He’s wearing the same shoeing set up that he did in his three-year-old season and we are still tinkering with it to get him a little better.”
Owned by Ted Edwards and Gavin’s wife, Sara, Great Things Happen would need to earn another $15,000 to get close to qualifying for the Jewels, and while that’s not out of the realms of possibility, Gavin is going to let the horse tell him.
“I wasn’t intending on racing him against the good ones this season,” he said.
“But with Speeding Spur and Monbet both looking likely to miss the Jewels it is becoming more enticing to try and get ourselves there that's for sure.
“We will head to the Sires’ Stakes race on the 14th of May, with probably a run the week before that.
“After that we will make a decision on whether we go North or we head to the paddock. He’s getting through the grades now so I might give him another decent break.
“I don’t want to race him against the top level trotters any earlier than I have too.
“I’m sure if we look after him now, he will repay us in the future.”
Going there will cause a slight issue for Gavin who is the regular pilot of leading Jewels contender, and defending champion, Sunny Ruby, who would likely start favourite should the two top guns both miss the big show.
Meanwhile tonight at Addington, three Gavin Smith Racing Stables runners will be in action.
Exciting two-year-old trotter, Miracle Rising, will take on the older horses in the maiden trot.
Twice runner up and once fourth in three career starts, the colt by Muscle Mass looks a strong hope in what is a very even field of trotters. Three-year-old filly, Allison Stokke is back in Canterbury after her Southland campaign.
Seventh in the Southland Oaks at her last start behind Nek Time, the New Zealand record holder for a two-year-old filly in a 2400m stand, meets a strong maiden field including two smart All Stars two-year-olds, but her current form should be enough to see her in the action, luck permitting.
The stable’s chances for the night are rounded off by Vanhalem in the final race.
Having his fourth start for the stable, the Westview Racing owned five-year-old comes up against a very even field of pacers and should be able to get himself in on the action.