Macca winter series

THE MACCA LODGE Trained South of the Waitaki winter series returns to Addington next month with three heats to be run on consecutive Fridays before a $12,000 final on 28 July.

This will be the third year the winter series has been run.

Eligible horses must have been registered with a southern trainer by the start of May. The series is for three-year-old and older pacers assessed up to Rating 60 as at the closing of nominations for the first heat. A horse must be entered in two heats to be eligible for the final.

Two heats are over 1950 metres and the third, as well as the final, is over 2600 meters. Preferential barrier draws will be used.

Tact Tate, trained by Trevor Proctor, won the inaugural series and Mr Handleman, trained by Brendon McLellan, won last year.

Macca Lodge also sponsor the Trained South of the Waitaki race on Show Day at Addington in November.






Little Rascal fastest

THE FORMER Robert Dunn-trained pacer Little Rascal has become the fastest of his sire Panspacificflight’s New Zealand-bred progeny with a winning run in 1:52.6 at Menangle in New South Wales on 03 June.

That time bettered the previous best by Wick, the most successful of Panspacificflight’s first crop here, who has recorded 1:52.8 at Yonkers Raceway in New Jersey. Wick won five times in New Zealand before being exported to the United States where he has won seven races.

Little Rascal won eight races and more than $100,000 in New Zealand. His Menangle win came at his third start in Australia. He’s still owned by Christian Cullen owner Ian Dobson.

FOOTNOTE: The punters didn’t take much notice of Little Rascal’s Menangle win because he paid $22 when he won again on the same track the following week. He has since also run a second.