Caesar's Flame does the job at outside odds for the Vanderweg's.
While the formline did little to inspire a great deal of confidence, Caesar's Flame clearly appreciated a massive class dropback from last week, storming home to win the Amateur Drivers event in the hands of North Canterbury based reinsman Nigel Chalmers at the very juicy odds of 32-1.
Owned by Philip and Diane Vanderweg of Ashburton, the horse was obliged to avoid the early rush from a 2nd row draw. Awkardly placed a lap out, Chalmers managed to push one out down the back and was well placed in the 1-1, full of running at the 400m. He produced an undeniable run in the straight to win going away by 1/2 length, in 3.14.9 for the 2600m. This was the Julius Caesar gelding's 3rd win from 24 starts and he has now earned $10,357 in stake-earnings.
For those of you who thought that you have seen the largely unfamiliar colours (Royal Blue and Red Horseshoe) somewhere in the past, you have! Diane's father was the late Bob Jamison, owner and trainer of the legendary trotter Basil Dean, trotter of the year in the 1983-1984 and 1984-1985 seasons. These of course were the colours that the great squaregaiter raced in during a long and distinguished career.
Caesar's Flame, pictured at Motukarara last year.
Posted: Fri 24 Jan 2014