John Caldow won his third St Arnaud Sporting Club Trotters Cup on Sunday aboard six-year-old gelding My Skypocket.
Backed into $1.80 favourite, My Skypocket stepped safely from behind the tapes at the 2520-metre start before powering to the lead early.
The son of Skyvalley out of Pocket Fantasy ran quarters of 31.6 and 31.4 to open the last mile on the 800m St Arnaud track and Caldow was looking around for his challengers after a 29.2secs third split.
Ainthatrightmacca boldly emerged wide out and powered into second place, but My Skypocket had plenty in reserve and kicked on through a 29.7secs last quarter for a 2.2m win in a mile rate of 2:06.0.
It was My Skypocket’s eighth career triumph, his career stake earnings edging towards $50,000 as a result of the victory.
It was also the trotter’s first start for the Caldow operation, having done all his prior racing for the Mick Barby and Anne-Maree Conroy stable.
Today’s win was the third time Maree and John Caldow have captured the St Arnaud squaregaiting feature, having previously won it back-to-back in 2012 and 2013 with Posimistic.
My Skypocket moves to equal first on the Maori’s Idol Points Tally alongside Sparkling Success, Vincennes and Cyclone Lucky Seven.
The Maori’s Idol Championship leader at season’s end receives a $10,000 bonus courtesy of Harness Racing Victoria.
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