War Machine and Philip Correia make their presence felt at Vesey Street
War Machine and driver Philip Correia claimed bragging rights after producing a dominant display during the last round of harness racing at the National Equestrian Centre at the weekend.
The pair posted the day’s fastest time of 1:01.4, which was two-fifths of a second shy of equalling the gelding’s record they already own, on the way to making a clean sweep of victories in the Free for All division, boasting the island’s fastest harness ponies.
“I was really happy with War Machine and his performance on the weekend,” owner and trainer Colin Mello said.
“When it comes to the race day, I just tell Philip to drive his race. Philip said he felt good, and he just let him run.
“We have been putting in the work and always knew he could do it; just needed to do it in his own time.
“Both heats were good races for both ponies who raced.”
Meanwhile, also putting in a solid shift was Martins Family’s gelding, Gold-N-Glory, which got a leg in the Free for All after posting a 1:03 flat with driver and trainer Candyce Martins, competing in the 1.03.2 - 1.04.2 time bar.
Fellow gelding, SomeGoldSomeWhere, then capped another fruitful weekend for the Martins Family by advancing from the 1:08.1 - 1:11.3 time bar after posting a 1.07.4 with driver Teshi Zuill.
“I am very impressed with the performances from the ponies and look forward to the rest of the season with them,” Martins said.
In total, there were five ponies getting a leg out of their respective time bars on the day as times continue to heat up heading down the final stretch of the 2021-22 season.
Gelding WiggleItJiggleIt got a leg out of the 1:06.1 - 1:08 division having posted a 1:06 flat with driver and owner Andy Stoneham.
Burrows Family’s mare, Shady Maple, got a leg out of the 1:04.3 - 1:06 time bar after posting a 1:04.1 with driver and trainer Catrina Stephens.
Samantha Hayward’s stallion, Red Grand, also achieved the feat with driver and trainer Macray Bulford, who ran a 1:11.2 on the way to victory in their second heat of the day.
GV Crystal Ball got a leg out of the 1:08.1 - 1:11.3 division after recording a 1:07.4 with owner and driver Edward Roque.
Roque’s stallion posted the time on the way to victory by a nose over SomeGoldSomeWhere in a photo finish at the line.