Westview farewell an old favourite in Mach Cruiser

It was mixed emotions for the Westview Racing Number 14 syndicate at Addington on Thursday night. While their pride and joy Mach Cruiser did the job with an emphatic win, he was predictably claimed on the night and will now head to Australia for his further racing.

Mach Cruiser did a superb job since coming down from the North Island in October. In all he had the seventeen starts for the stable for four wins and one second placing, which brought in over $20,000 for his owners. In his final outing for the stable he contested another race for the amateur drivers that had a condition allowing claiming horses up to a price of $5000 to start. While he drew the outside barrier he had far too much pace off the gate for top amateur driver Paul Wallace who had him in front after 200m. Thereafter he was able to dominate from in front with no other runners showing any interest in taking him on. Able to get away with a 66 second half down the back, he got home comfortably in the last half run in 59.1, the last 400m in a quick 27.8. He easily justified the short odds on the tote of $1.30 and went to the line the easiest of winners by three lengths.

For the Westview Racing Number 14 syndicate, that includes some first timers to racehorse ownership, he has given them all a lot of fun and made them very keen to find their next Mach Cruiser. A big thanks must go to Gavin Smith for finding the horse for the syndicate in the first instance, as well as reining the horse home for two wins. A huge thanks also to Nigel Armstrong for all of his communications to syndicate members and ongoing passion for the great game of harness racing. Good luck Cruiser for your new career path over the ditch.

  Mach Cruiser won his 4th and final race start for the Westview No 14 syndicate at Addington last night

Posted: Fri 11 Mar 2016

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