TEARS OF JOY
Local trainer overcome as he takes out Pioneer Sprint
IT was not only the biggest win of his career, but for Greg Connor it was also a highly emotional occasion yesterday.
The tears were flowing for the Alice Springs trainer and his family when six-year-old gelding Le Commandant salut- ed in the $100,000 Holdfast Insurance Pioneer Sprint (1200m) at Pioneer Park.
Le Commandant was the first horse from the Red Centre to win the feature sprint on the Alice Springs Turf Club’s Cup Carnival program since the Lisa Lefoe-trained Seal No More in 2014.
And it was also a local trifecta with the Will Savigetrained four-year-old gelding Super Bryan (Barry Huppatz) and the Viv Oldfield-trained King’s Pardon (Paul Denton) filling the minor placings.
All three were well supported in betting and all boasted good form leading into one of the most open Pioneer Sprints in years. Le Commandant started at $11, with Super Bryan ($8), who jumped from the outside gate, and King’s Pardon ($6) among the top picks.
Connor was always confident that Le Commandant would run well as he has a habit of winning first up after a break.
He did it over 1300m at Fannie Bay last July after a four-month break and once again over 1200m at Pioneer Park in February after a sixmonth break.