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  Australasian record for Maori Time
It was the perfect warm-up drive for the Miracle Mile later in the evening...read more
             
                 
   ACCESS GROUP SOLUTIONS TROTTERS MILE - (GROUP 1)
 Trotters. Discretionary Handicap. RBD    1.609 m   Standingstart   Purse: $50 000
             
       
 
Pl  Horse Prize-
money
Row &
Br
TAB
#
Trainer Driver
(C = Concession)
Mgn
(m)
Starting
odds
1 MAORI TIME $ 25,000 Fr4 4 Brent Lilley Todd McCarthy   $ 10.00  
  BAY MARE 8 by PEGASUS SPUR CA out of SUNDONNA (SUNDON USA)
Owner(s): F (Fredrick) Crews
Breeder(s): F (Fredrick) Crews
2 DARYL BOKO FIN $ 9,000 Fr1 1 Tim Butt Anthony Butt 5.30 $ 2.20 fav 
3 WAR DAN DESTROYER $ 6,000 Fr2 2 Michael Doltoff Luke McCarthy 14.60 $ 33.00  
4 KYVALLEY BLUR USA $ 3,000 Fr8 9 Brent Lilley Chris Alford 20.80 $ 4.70  
5 IONA GRINNER $ 2,000 Fr6 6 Troy Williams Robert Morris 27.60 $ 91.60  
6 ROMPERS MONARCHY NZ $ 1,000 Fr5 5 J A Rando, M J Rando David Morris 27.70 $ 108.10  
7 VINCENNES $ 1,000 Fr10 12 Anton Golino Jason Lee 28.20 $ 12.30  
8 MY TRIBECA ITA $ 1,000 Fr7 7 Anton Golino Nathan Jack 46.30 $ 8.40  
9 ON THUNDER ROAD NZ $ 1,000 Fr3 3 Darren Hancock Darren Hancock 51.20 $ 6.80  
10 BLAZING UNDER FIRE NZ $ 1,000 Fr9 11 Blake Fitzpatrick Blake Fitzpatrick 343.40 $ 95.70  
   
       
   Scratchings: 8, MICHAEL THOMAS   10, SHETLAND     
 Track Rating:  GOOD    Gross Time:  1:51.5   Mile Rate:  1:51.5
     
       
       
  Australasian record for Maori Time
It was the perfect warm-up drive for the Miracle Mile later in the evening.

Yet even birthday boy Todd McCarthy could hardly have expected to set an Australasian harness racing record with a stunning all-the-way win on Maori Time rating 1:51.5 in the Access Group Solutions Trotters Mile.

Todd, who turns 25 today, took Maori Time straight to the front in the Group One and basically just made them chase him all the way, breaking Flying Isa's record of 1:53.2 in scoring by five and a quarter metres from Daryl Boko with War Dan Destroyer a fast-finishing third.

It makes Maori Time the fastest square-gaiter this country has ever seen.

"He ran a fantastic race and I couldn't ask for anything more than setting a record like this . . . it's pretty special," said Todd.

Ironically the previous record was set by Todd's big brother Luke but nothing could be taken away from the Brent Lilley-trained Victorian visitor who got out of the mobile in a 26.8 split before Todd was able to back the speed off slightly with a 29.4 second quarter.

Then Todd put the handlebars down and came away from his rivals with splits of 27s and 28.3 for a win that the legions of square-gaiting fans could only have dreamt about a few years ago.

Menangle was on fire and Todd admitted he was champing at the bit for a repeat performance when he hops behind Tiger Tara later in the night in the $750,000 Ainsworth Miracle Mile.
 
             
   
           
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