Trots pair dou­ble up

Campaspe News - - SPORT - By GUS UN­DER­WOOD

IT WAS a case of ‘play it again’ at last week’s Shep­par­ton trots meet­ing for Rochester trainer Mark Thomp­son.

Six days af­ter Thomp­son pro­duced Ideal Ea­gle and Weeks End for wins on the Shep­par­ton track, he re­peated the feat.

Ideal Ea­gle and Weeks End backed up from that meet­ing two weeks ago to again out­class their ri­vals at last week’s meet­ing on the track.

And as what hap­pened the first time, both pac­ers were again driven by Bendigo horse­man Todd Matthews.

Both Ideal Ea­gle and Weeks End were both the pun­ters’ elect and paid $2.20 for their wins.

Ideal Ea­gle skipped over the 1690 me­tres in a 1.56.6 mile rate time, eas­ily the quick­est on the event card.

Ideal Ea­gle is a five-year-old Amer­i­can Idea mare who has now saluted five times for Thomp­son since com­ing from New Zealand where she won once in 11 starts.

Weeks End was hav­ing just her eighth trip to the races for three wins, two sec­onds and two thirds.

She is a three-year-old by Jet Laag out of the To­tally Ruth­less mare Orta Be Ruth­less, a win­ner of 19 races and who has left two other winners.

It’s prob­a­bly a safe bet Thomp­son is again scan­ning pro­grams to find suit­able races for the two pac­ers. No doubt a Shep­par­ton meet­ing is pre­ferred.

While it was a big night again at last week’s meet­ing at Shep­par­ton, it was even more sat­is­fy­ing for Matthews.

Not only did he rein the Thomp­son­trained pair to vic­to­ries, he has also trained pacer Ma­rine Pa­rade to a win at the meet­ing.

Mak­ing his de­but Ma­rine Pa­rade, a four-year-old by top sire Art Ma­jor was driven to vic­tory by Hay­don Gray and pun­ters were well aware of his abil­ity as he was a $1.50 favourite.

Ma­rine Pa­rade is a half brother to Philtra Phella a Life Sign geld­ing and a win­ner of 20 races. Both are from the Safely Kept mare, Philtra Girl.

Photo: Bruce Povey

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