A shot at Australian big race glory awaits Gavin Smith Racing Stables star, Di’z Luck.
The reigning New Zealand Two-Year-Old Trotting Filly of the Year, and her trainer and driver, snuck over to Australia last weekend and gained a mission accomplished when she qualified for the Need For Speed Princess Final with a third in a heat at Melton on Monday.
Di’z Luck finished third in her heat after doing plenty of work both early in the race and then during the middle stages which saw her sitting up outside the leader.
The $60,000 Final is held on March 11 at Melton and Gavin will again be hoping for a good draw from which to take full advantage of.
Meanwhile back on the home front, another of last season’s stable rising stars, Miracle Rising is on the slow and steady build up to returning to the races.
The Muscle Mass gelding, who mixed it with the big guns last season and beat Harness Jewels winner Custodian, was given a lengthy spell but was victorious at the Rangiora trials during the week.
Despite progressing well, Gavin still isn’t 100 per cent happy with the horse.
“He’s heading in the right direction, but I’m still not happy with him,” Gavin said.
“We might look for a race in a couple of weeks so we will see how we go.”
Both Miracle Rising and Di’z Luck were sales purchases by Gavin two years ago.
He paid $19,000 for Miracle Rising and $16,000 for Di’z Luck and both look set to well exceed their purchase price.
Gavin purchased two very impressive trotting lots at this year’s sales that have ownership opportunities available in them for anyone interested too – both by Majestic Son.
The first is from the good producing family of Niamey, making the colt a brother of open class performer Springbank Sam as well as Pocaro and Daenery’s Targaryen.
Purchased for $32,000 the colt still has shares available and anyone looking to get themselves in on a trotter with a strong pedigree should contact Gavin.
The second colt is from the very good trotting mare, Rae Galleon who won four of her 13 career starts.
Closely related to champion trotter Stent, there’s plenty to like about him too and Gavin would welcome in enquiries about shares both big or little in the colt.
As well as the two trotters, Gavin also has shares available in a Bettor's Delight colt from Charming Cullen - making him a pacer bred on the golden cross.
Closely related to champion grand circuit performer, Holmes DG, interest in him is high.
You can find out more about the three available horses in the Ownership Opportunities section on this website.
Also performing at the trials during the week was Oona.
The Trevor Casey trained speedster has been a work in progress since she joined the stable, but there’s promising signs on the horizon judging by Wednesday’s trial win.
“We have been tinkering around a bit with her shoeing and her gear to get her more solid.
“She was a lot better this week and feels like she could have a pretty good season.”
The four-year-old mare, who has won four of her 18 starts will resume at Sunday’s Cheviot meeting at Addington.
It’s a big night for Gavin at headquarters tonight with a big book of drives.
All counted he will take the reins on seven runners, including the enigmatic stable trotter, All Settled Down who would only have to do things right to be a player in her assignment late in the night.
With John and Dexter Dunn in the North Island, there’s a few opportunities to get behind some runners from the leading stable of Robert Dunn for Gavin and he has nice each way chances with Highview Freddy and Pretty Janice while Run Riot, a three-year-old colt from the Phil Burrows stable looks a cracking chance to get a win on debut after some very strong trial and workout form.