The win of five-year-old trotting mare Rosanna Lindy at Sunday’s Cranbourne HRC meeting capped off a big 72 hours for local trainer Terry Howard.
Howard became a grandfather for the first time on Friday night when son Jack and daughter-in-law Emma welcomed baby Hazel into the world. “Both mum and daughter are well,” an excited Howard said before racing got under way on Sunday. “In fact, Hazel’s just perfect in every way. She’s already the apple of everyone’s eye.”
The euphoria of the moment carried forward to Sunday afternoon when Howard produced three stable runners for a win and two meritorious placings.
Rosanna Lindy set the ball rolling for Howard when she saluted in the Aldebaran Park Trotters Handicap after a string of recent placings. Beginning safely from behind the tapes, Rosanna Lindy settled on the pegs behind the leaders and travelled sweetly for driver Darby McGuigan throughout the race. Angled back to the sprint-lane in the home straight, the daughter of Bacardi Lindy and Crusenthepacific gained the upper hand in the shadows of the post to defeat Imahe Man with Yankee Command holding down third place.
The win was the mare’s third career victory and in her current vein of form further success may well follow soon.
“I really did think she would win today provided she trotted all the way,” Howard said after the race. “She’s been going really well and deserved that win.”
Howard’s day was rounded out nicely when both Rosanna Raider and Illawong Lord were placed in solid efforts on their home track.
Rosanna Raider produced close to a career best effort when she ran second in the Rae and Bill Johnson Memorial Pace in a staggering 1:55 mile rate. “Annie exceeded my expectations by a long way. I know she went well last start but to go as close as she did in a smart field and in that time is just unbelievable.”
And in more good news for the Howard stable, Illawong Lord, looks like he’s getting back to something like his best form after a brave third placing in the Roly Thompson Memorial.
“The horse has been off the scene for a long-time recuperating from a serious eye injury,” Howard explained. “That was his best run for some time to stick on as he did after sitting parked.”
As for the other members of the Howard stable, well at the moment there aren’t any which makes Sunday’s outcomes even more special.
“To take the only three horses I have in work to the races and earn a cheque with all of them is probably as good a day at the track as I’ve had,” Howard said. “It’s certainly been a great few days.”
Amen to that!!
By David Scott
Photo: Claire Weston Photography