The David Jack-trained youngster Im Stately takes top honours after a superb juvenile season on the track.By Gus Underwood
Northern Victorian-trained trotters have claimed top state and national industry awards.
Brilliant Euroa-trained trotter Im Stately has been crowned Victoria’s top trotter for the 2012-13 season.
Not only did the David Jack-trained and driven son of Majestic Son take the two-year-old colts and geldings award, but he also beat all-comers to take the Victorian Trotter of the Year award.
And this week Im Stately earned Harness Racing Australia’s top two-year-old colts and geldings trotters award.
Some industry observers thought Blitzthemcalder or I Didn’t Do It would secure Victoria’s top award, but the panel of four judges ruled that Im Stately’s eight wins and three seconds from 11 starts, including heats and the finals of the Vicbred Super Series and Breeders Crowns, were worthy of the two-year-old landing the top award.
Even Jack was pleasantly surprised with the major award win.
‘‘I knew he had a good chance in his two-year-old section, but I hadn’t thought much about the overall top award, so it’s very pleasing to get that as well,’’ Jack told a large gathering at the awards night at Melton.
Connections also hinted Im Stately will follow a similar path to the previous season’s boom two-year-old, Blitzthemcalder, and look to a New Zealand campaign next year with the exciting young trotter.
The national awards were open to New Zealand trotters who had campaigned in Australia during the season.
While Im Stately collected the state and national two-year-old awards, the national Trotter of the Year was awarded to the New Zealander Vulcan, who won the inaugural Great Southern Star series in Victoria.
Kyabram-trained Claudys Princess has also claimed the state and national award as the top two-year-old Trotting Filly of the Year.
She beat the New Zealand Trotting filly Of The Year and The Redwood winner, Daenerys Targaryen, to take the national award.
The filly won her heat and final of the Vicbred Super Sires classic and scored a heat win and finished fourth in the final of the Breeders Crown series during her brief two-year-old career when prepared by Graham Lyon.
The filly, who is by Shepparton’s Morley Park stud stallion Bacardi Lindy, is spelling and will be aimed at some of the feature three-year-old events next year when Mick Blackmore takes over the training reins of the promising filly.
Manager of the syndicate that races Claudys Princess, Steve Harris, said it was a big thrill to win the award and thanked Lyon and Blackmore who had done the preparation for the filly’s first season of racing.
Connections of Im Stately, including the colt’s Euroa trainer David Jack (right) with Victorian Premier Dennis Napthine who presented the Victorian Trotter of the Year award.
Syndicate manager of Claudys Princess, Steve Harris (right) receives the Two-Year-Old Filly Trotter of the Year award from HRV board member Ken Latchford.
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