Shepparton trainer David Farrar took on the city and won on the weekend.
Farrar’s trotter Here’s A Real Go took victory in race three at Cranbourne after drawing away in the straight.
‘‘He sat parked all the way and raced a bit ungenerously, but came away in the straight and won pretty good under a good drive from Mark Pitt,’’ Farrar said.
‘‘He won by three metres with a mile rate of just over two minutes. (At one stage) he got on one rein and drove a bit awkwardly, but Mark was able to guide him around safely and get the chocolates.’’
It was just the two-year-old’s fourth start for Farrar, but he said the New Zealand horse had already been a handful.
‘‘He was a cheap New Zealand purchase, we flew across and I drove four horses down at Invercargill and back up to Christchurch and this fella was probably the cheapest of the four,’’ he said.
‘‘The day I drove him at Christchurch they’d just had four inches of rain the day before, it was pretty wet, so I didn’t get a chance to fast work him. I wish I had have because he’s got a few tricks and we worked him the wrong way and I was quite happy with him, he paced okay.
‘‘But since he’s been a bit erratic and let us down a couple of times, he’s galloped in the run at the start and during the race, but he’s starting to come good and has got some potential, I think he’s got a future.’’
The pacer, which is Farrar’s only racehorse, will try his luck again tomorrow night at Shepparton.
‘‘If he can continue to improve, we think he can win a couple of two or three-year-old races and give us a bit of fun, that’s what we got him for,’’ Farrar said.
‘‘He’s the only racehorse in the stables at the moment, the others we’ve got in the stable are all getting ready for the Shepparton sales on Sunday, hopefully we’ll be able to sell a few of those.’’
Here’s A Real Go will have to add significantly to his record without the help of Farrar’s right-hand man Gary Lyons though, with the hard worker turning 70 tomorrow.
‘‘I lose my man here, Gary has worked for me for the past four years and he turns 70 (tomorrow), so all the backtrack trainers at Shepparton would like to wish him a happy birthday,’’ Farrar said.
‘‘He’s going to spend his retirement overseeing operations at the Royal Mail (Hotel), so we wish Gary all the best, he’s been a great asset for the stable for the last few years.’’