Fend Off, a recent addition to the Cranbourne Club 21 stable, kicks off his campaign for trainer/driver Simone Walker on his home track in Race 4 at 3.37pm this Sunday.
A 4yo Trotting gelding by Yield Boko out of Aldebaran Sunset (Sundon), he was originally trained by Jodi Quinlan, and has been leased to Cranbourne Club 21 by Cranbourne Harness Racing Club Life Member Michael Taranto.
Fend Off was originally purchased by Taranto from breeder Aldebaran Park through the 2016 Australasian Premier Trotting Sale. Taranto, a Richmnond Football Club tragic, named the horse with reference to Tiger superstar Dustin Martin and high hopes were held for the horse on the race track.
Broken in by Cameron Maggs, the horse was transferred to Jodi Quinlan for his 2yo race preparation. He qualified at Melton on the 1st May 2017 and had his first race start at Ballarat on the 1st June 2017. After competing in two standing start races, his first mobile race start was a heat of the 2yo Vicbred Trotters Series at Maryborough on the 26th June 2017. Starting from barrier 5, Fend Off found the front and led all the way to defeat the rest of the field by 16 metres and qualify for the Vicbred Final the following week.
Drawing gate 2 in the Final, Fend Off trailed superstar juvenile trotter Wobelee all the way, and finished a gallant second in the Final. At his only start as a 3yo, Fend Off was checked and galloped. Unfortunately he injured a tendon in the incident and has subsequently been off the race track for well over 12 months.
Having transferred to Simone Walker’s stable some 8 weeks ago, Fend Off has been primed for a first up tilt through a trial at Cranbourne on Saturday 6th July 2019 behind the well performed Chrisken Kiosk in quick time.
Here’s hoping that Fend Off ‘brushes aside the opposition’ for the Cranbourne Club 21 group on Sunday.