It was a "Spot On" day for owner Wendy Nordqvist
For most owners to win one in a day is a great day. But for owner Wendy Nordqvist, it was a magical winning double as her two runners that she had purchased at the yearling sales - Anytime and Spot On - both delivered on debut and looked the types to progress further over the summer.
Nordqvist works as an accountant in Ashburton, but her real passion in life is harness racing.
"Having all my my family with horses is awesome. We support each other and try and be there to watch each other's horses when we can."
The first horse that Nordqvist bought at the sales on the day of the big February earthquake, was Classiebee with parents Peter and Beryl Boag.
The following year with Carl Nordqvist she purchased Rock Till You Drop, a horse that she later owned outright. Both horses won races and Rock Till You Drop was later sold to Australia.
"At that time all my horses were trained by Mark Jones. I also had a a 1/4 share in Ice Crusher which won races here before we sold him to Australia, which was disappointing as he looked so good."
"In more recent times, I had some outside influence from a friend Warwick Sparks, who's family have raced all the Meddle horses with the Dunn stable."
"Warwick told me that Robert and John are great trainers and that I should have a horse in their stable. So this is why John now trains my two wee horses that I bought at the Christchurch sales."
"I must say that this is the best move that I have ever made. The communication and joy of having them with the stable is second to none."
Nordqvist had already had some joy as an owner in very recent times through Black Art a horse that she has a share in trained by Andrew Fitzgerald.
"When the horses were getting to the workout stage, Andrew roped me into Black Art. He's given us a great thrill so far."
"Black Art has been a great time filler and still has the chance to win a few more with luck."
"Then a couple of weeks ago, I took a half share in another one with Andrew, called Tribeca."
"He's a work in progress and needs to learn a bit, but he should come right in time as he is only a three year old son of Big Jim."
Three year old filly Anytime certainly has a lot going for her from a breeding point of view, as a full sister by Christian Cullen to the well performed Micky Gee (six wins). Her trial and workout runs suggested a good run on debut. After getting back from her second line barrier early, she was able to work into a nice spot one out and three back with a lap to go. With a strong pace set by pacemaker Lilac Star down the back, it was always on for the swoopers to strike. After pushing out three wide inside the last 400m, Anytime came with an undeniable run to master Direct Control within the last 100m to win by a neck in a handy 2.59 for the 2400m, with the last 800, in 57.7 and the last 400m in 27.6.
Two races later and it was the turn of Nordqvist's other runner for the day in two year old Spot On. Sent out third favourite over the mile trip, Spot On literally flew the gate early on to lead on his ear. At the half mile cut out in 1.01.2, Spot On was fair trucking, but with little pressure on, was still able to get away with a comfortable 29.2 quarter down the back. At the 400m, driver Dexter Dunn was able to cut the son of Art Major loose and by the 200m, he had a winning advantage. Stablemate Heisenberg flew home over the last 200m to get within a length of Spot On, but on this occasion, all kudos was with Spot On, as a last quarter cut out in 26.8, made the task too tough for the chasers.
So you would have to say, it has been a dream start for Nordqvist in terms of her association with the Dunn stable.
"Our family have been lucky to race some good horses over the years."
"My parents own all the "Unique" horses and have had heaps of luck with two in particular - Unique Blue Chip (9 wins) and Unique Star (15 wins)."
"My brother owns a couple of good horses with Nigel McGrath - Dizzy Miss Lizzy and My Wee Man."
"We have our horses in different stables which is good as we are all independent of each other."
The great game of harness racing is clearly one that has been great to the Boag/Nordqvist families and may a good run continue for them over the summer months.
Posted: Sun 24 Dec 2017