Barastoc Grand Circuit Series
Stories: Trotters 2009/2010 Season
The 2009/10 Barastoc Trotters Grand Circuit Series was dominated by champion Australian squaregaiter, Sundons Gift NZ.
by Chris Barsby
The Chris Lang trained and driven star was the only multiple leg winner of the nine race series.
Sundons Gift NZ collected the $100,000 SEW Eurodrive Grand Prix at Melton, the $250,000 Inter Dominion Trotters Championship at Moonee Valley and the $250,000 Canam Rowe Cup at Alexandra Park, Auckland.
Sundons Gift NZ was also a runner-up in the $50,000 Aldebaran Park Stud Bill Collins Sprint behind his stablemate, Skyvalley NZ.
The first leg of the 09/10 series began on New Zealand Cup day with the running of the $100,000 New Zealand Trotting FFA and the deserving winner was the lightly raced 8yo mare, Speculate NZ for Justin Smith.
The Sundon USA mare proved to be a popular winner and the victory took her overall record to eight wins from thirteen starts.
The $250,000 Dominion was run three days later and the Phil Williamson trained Springbank Richard NZ proved too strong after beating his rivals into submission.
On a bitterly cold day, Springbank Richard NZ appreciated being kept on the fresh side with Williamson electing to bypass the Trotting FFA earlier in the week in preference for the Dominion.
It was a masterstroke move by Williamson. Springbank Richard NZ was handled by Nathan Williamson. The Sundon USA gelding registered his 17th victory by winning the Dominion.
The next leg of the Barastoc Trotters Grand Circuit switched back to Australia with the running of the $100,000 SEW Eurodrive Australian Trotting Grand Prix at Tabcorp Park, Melton and the reigning Inter Dominion champion Sundons Gift NZ stood tall with a fantastic victory.
Sundons Gift NZ was only having his second run back since his European campaign earlier that year and proved his class by winning easily in a mile rate of 1.58.7 for the 2240m event.
The elite trotters backed up the following week for the running of the $50,000 Aldebaran Park Stud Bill Collins Trotters Sprint and the Lang trained duo of Sundons Gift NZ and Skyvalley NZ dominated the pre-race discussions.
The emerging star Skyvalley NZ prevailed on the night beating his esteemed stablemate Sundons Gift NZ in a track record performance of 1.56.4 for the 1720m event.
The Muscles Yankee (US) entire was driven to victory by Chris Lang Jnr.
On New Year's
Eve, the focus switched back to
In a race packed with action, the John Hay trained and driven Houdini Star NZ proved successful beating Raydon and Leighton Hest.
It was win number sixteen for the big Sundon USA gelding and his earning have now exceeded $475,000.
quickly came back to
The Lang name is synonymous with trotting and this time it was the father/son combination of Graeme and Gavin Lang who combined with the improving gelding Don King NZ to take out the feature.
The Sundon USA
gelding showed his class holding off the brave
The next leg
of the Barastoc Trotters Grand Circuit Series was the jewel in the crown -
the $250,000 Inter Dominion Trotters Championship being staged for the final
Sundons Gift NZ, aiming to become the first Australian trained trotter to win back to back Inter Dominion Finals, received a huge boost after drawing perfectly at gate one at the Barrier Draw function earlier in the week.
The Chris Lang trained star was sent out as an odds on favourite and gave his backers no cause for concern with a faultless display leading all of the way.
NZ beat home the
The victory of Sundons Gift NZ provided Chris Lang with his third straight Inter Dominion training triumph after being the caretaker trainer of Galleons Sunset NZ who took out the title back in 2008 for Derek Balle.
trotting action returned back to the south island of
The Murray Tapper trained Stylish Monarch lived up to his promising reputation with a convincing victory defeating Braig NZ and I Can Doosit NZ.
The 6yo Monarchy USA gelding was driven to victory by Ricky May.
With the final
leg of the Barastoc Trotters Grand Circuit being staged up in
After being beaten in his final lead-up run prior to the Rowe Cup the week earlier, Sundons Gift NZ rebounded with a brilliant performance to dominate the event.
NZ scored easily from Stylish Monarch NZ and Leighton Hest NZ in a mile rate
of 2.04.9 for the 3200m event.
fellow Australians Wagon Apollo and La Coocaracha as winners of the famed
Sundons Gift NZ is set to become the first Australian trained trotter to earn a million dollars with his current earnings sitting at $992,968.
In the end, Sundons Gift NZ dominated the Barastoc Trotters Grand Circuit Leaderboard with 17 points, 10 clear over his nearest rival Stylish Monarch NZ with Houdini Star NZ and Skyvalley NZ finishing third with 6 points each.
Champion sire Sundon USA also dominated with seven of the nine legs taken out by his progeny.
Congratulations to owner Neven Botica and Chris Lang on another wonderful season with Sundons Gift NZ.