2021/22 Club Competition After Round 2, Sunday 21 November

Banks Peninsula’s popular race day comps continued with racing last Sunday, now including the Seahorse Supplements-sponsored  Trainers’ UDR contest. The scheduled 11-race card was reduced to ten with a no race declared for the Junior Drivers’ event, which unfortunately denied our younger drivers the chance to add valuable points. 

In the points race for leading trainer, Robert Dunn and Jenna Dunn maintained their early lead on 18 points, with Robbie Holmes gaining ground 6 points adrift after scoring with Prodigal Son in Race 2.  A bunch of trainers are on 10 points, including Paul Nairn who trained a double with trotters Full Of Hope and Resolve.    

On the UDR system, Graham Court and Robbie Holmes are tied with a score of 0.4000. Graham’s place comes courtesy of two wins from five starters, those successes being with Expressive Love and Stephs Boy at the September meeting. Robbie has also started five, with four minor placings adding weight to his Race 2 victory.  Robert and Jenna are in hot pursuit on 0.3951 (3 wins and a second from 9 starters).

The Drivers’ comp leaderboard has already acquired a familiar look about it. John Dunn’s 32 points and Blair Orange’s 27 collected over two meetings puts our top drivers well clear of the field. Robbie Holmes follows on 13 with leading junior driver Korbyn Newman on 12. Robbie Close’s double on Times Are A Changnin and Full Of Hope jumped him into 4th place. 

Korbyn extended his lead in the Junior Drivers section with a 3rd and 4th place across the day and a score of 13 points after two meetings. Mark Hurrell stays in second on 5 points after his September win, while Kerryn Tomlinson, Ben Hope and Sam Thornley collected points from minor placings on Sunday. 

In the Filly/Mare of the Year competition, Awesome Impee’s well-deserved maiden win in Race 1 took her to the lead after a minor placing on opening day. Awesome Impee is sired by Imperial Count, one of the stallions at Phoebe Standardbreds who now sponsor this competition with a free service. It was a great day for the sex, with only Prodigal Son in race 2 winning for the boys. As a result, there are no less than ten horses snapping at Awesome Impee’s heels for this sought-after award, just one point behind the leader. Early days yet! 

Follow the Competition leaderboard here.