Ararat tri­umph

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport - BY TONY LO­GAN

Ararat train­ing-driv­ing part­ners Michael Gads­den and Den­beigh Wade cel­e­brated a wellde­served vic­tory at Tab­corp Park, Mel­ton on Fri­day night with ul­tra-con­sis­tent trot­ter Aintha­tright­macca.

The 10-year-old geld­ing over­came one of the tough­est tasks in har­ness rac­ing – bar­rier 11 over 1720 me­tres at Mel­ton – to notch up his first metropoli­tan win and the 11th of his ca­reer and did it in fine fash­ion, cour­tesy of a dash­ing drive from Wade.

Aintha­tright­macca was pre­vi­ously trained by Daryl Crone at Ararat and dur­ing that time man­aged to post six wins and three mi­nor plac­ings from 43 starts, de­spite suf­fer­ing from on­go­ing hoof prob­lems.

“Macca was en­joy­ing a long spell out in the pad­dock when the Crone fam­ily of­fered us the lease,” Gads­den said.

“He was to be a bit of a Monte – sad­dle-trot – project but things have gone a lot bet­ter than that since.”

Last sea­son, Aintha­tright­macca ad­vanced through the classes to cap­ture the Terang Trot­ters Cup and was also placed in cups at Hamil­ton and Boort.

This prepa­ra­tion sees the vet­eran rac­ing at the peak of his pow­ers, with stun­ning vic­to­ries against the pac­ers at Hor­sham and Ararat, an un­lucky sec­ond plac­ing at Mel­ton then top­ping it all off with Fri­day’s suc­cess at har­ness head­quar­ters.

Aintha­tright­macca has now raced on 26 oc­ca­sions in the Gads­den-wade silks for five wins, 10 mi­nor plac­ings and stakes of $41,531.

The humbly bred square­gaiter’s ca­reer record stands at 11 wins, 13 mi­nors and $69,657 with a best win­ning mile rate of 1:58.3.

And the name?

“Sorry, I’ve meant to ask the Crone fam­ily sev­eral times about the story be­hind his name but keep for­get­ting to do so,” Gads­den said. trot­ter’s un­usual

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