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|Monbet announces arrival at the elite level
The open class trotting ranks are already brimming with talent and they were strengthened further today when Monbet announced his arrival at the elite level with an emphatic harness racing victory in the $80,000 New Zealand Trotting Free For All at Addington on Cup Day...read on
GRANITE BENCHTOP COMPANY - NZ TROTTING - (Gr.1)
FFAT 1.950 m auto Purse :$80 000
|Scratchings: 4 Waterloo Sunset|
|Times: Mile Rate: 1:58.4 Last 800m: 57.9 Last 400m: 28.8|
Winner: Monbet 2011 4 B g Love You - Diedre Darling
Trainer: G P & Mrs N M Hope
Owner: G P Hope, Mrs N M Hope, M J Molloy
Breeder: G P Hope,Mrs N M Hope
The open class trotting ranks are already brimming with talent and they were strengthened further today when Monbet announced his arrival at the elite level with an emphatic harness racing victory in the $80,000 New Zealand Trotting Free For All at Addington on Cup Day.
The four year old son of Monarchy had always looked well above average at three and at four he has come back bigger and better.
Settling three back in the running line, driver Ricky May pressed the go button at the 400 metres mark and he looped the field and shot clear for an easy win.
Trainer Greg Hope was full of praise for Monbet, post-race.
"He showed today that he can compete with the very best and I'm thrilled with the run."
"I know Stent and Master Lavros weren't there today but they have their grand final on Friday and Monbet's grand final was today."
"I am 99.9% confident that Monbet won't be lining up in the Dominion on Friday."
"From here we will head to Auckland," Greg said.
Ricky May was happy things had worked out as planned.
"We thought there was plenty of speed on the front line so we decided to stay out of the early burn and settle handy.
"When I asked him to go he looped them pretty easily actually."
"He has pacer like speed if you can save him for one run but he is a great stayer as well so he is the complete package," Ricky said.
Greg and Nina Hope have been very patient with Monbet and are now starting to reap the rewards.
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