Local trotter hits 400-race milestone

MILESTONE: Earl Harbour made history at Pinjarra Paceway on Monday, notching his 400th race start in a career that has spanned across 10 years. Photo: Jodie Hallows.
MILESTONE: Earl Harbour made history at Pinjarra Paceway on Monday, notching his 400th race start in a career that has spanned across 10 years. Photo: Jodie Hallows.

History was made at the Pinjarra Paceway on Monday, with veteran trotter Earl Harbour stepping onto the track for his 400th career start.

Earl Harbour holds the Australasian record for a trotter, and the second highest number of race starts for either a pacer or trotter.

The 13-year-old gelding has won 21 races and run 90 minor placings, in a career that has spanned 10 years.

Earl Harbour began his trotting career in New Zealand, where he had 47 starts before making his Australia debut in 2012 at Menangle, Sydney.

A number of champion harness reinspeople, including the late Gavin Lang, have driven Earl Harbour throughout his career.

Australasia's leading female driver, Kerryn Manning, paired up with Earl Harbour for a hattrick of wins early in his career, then again in 2013 for the Australasian Trotting Championship series, where he finished second in the heat and sixth in the final at Melton, Victoria.

Pinjarra trainer, Nigel Johns, brought Earl Harbour across the Nullabor to join the WA trotting ranks at his Waroona stable in late 2013.

He raced in the Pinjarra Trotters Cup every year from 2013 until 2019.

Pinjarra Harness Racing Club presented a garland to the gelding to mark the quadruple century milestone.

Johns attributes the longevity of Earl Harbour's racing career to the horse's calm temperament, attitude and the toughness of the standardbred breed.

Now in the care of Margaret Hewton, Earl Harbour has a home ready for his life after racing when he retires at the end of this season.

In other trotting news, the 10th annual running of the $30,000 Dainty's Daughter Classic at Pinjarra Paceway was won by impressive three-year-old filly, Blockjorg, for Vasse trainer, Colin Reeves.

Pinjarra reinswoman Jocelyn Young has established a formidable partnership with the filly, adding Monday's feature race win to her impressive tally this season, which includes the group one three-year-old fillies Diamond Classic, held at Gloucester Park earlier in May.

Blockjorg has amassed over $102,000 in prize money and is owned by the Clarina Racing Syndicate, who were on-course at Pinjarra yesterday to celebrate the victory.

Pinjarra Paceway is now open to the public and patrons can enjoy a day out at the trots with a delicious lunch in the comfort of the Paceway Pavilion and spacious lawns, with full bar and TAB facilities.

Race days at Pinjarra Paceway are held on Mondays all year round and are family friendly events, admission is free and gates are open from 11am.

For more information on the Paceway or to make a booking call 9531 1941.