DAVID Miller has spent his whole life working around horses.
The former equestrian’s cupboards are full of trophies and ribbons associated with show jumping over many successful years.
As a trainer of thoroughbreds Miller’s intimate knowledge of horseflesh shines through, so it was no surprise to see him unearth another impressive youngster this week in Launceston.
Bundaleda, bred by the Spreyton- based trainer, is the powerfully built two-year-old son of Azevedo, from Miller’s former listed placegetter Alijacque, who gave his rivals the short, back and sides on debut over 1200m, bounding to the front, kicking clear on the home corner and winning by one length.
Bundaleda stands at 16.2 hands and boasts an imposing physique that Miller describes as more like that of a four-year-old, and if his race debut is anything to go he may well have the ability to match.
Leon Wells applied the polish to Sunset Rex for a hard fought neck victory in the Maiden Plate, while son Dean produced stable newcomer The Invincible One in the 1100m handicap for a long-neck victory at each- way odds.
John Keys wrapped up the fruitful night for North-West-based trainers when Fair Colony powered to the post in the last race of the night to win in a convincing fashion.
Forthside trainer Maurice Jarman snared a winning double at the Devonport Harness Racing Club’s meeting during the week.
In Cruise Mode, owned by Kevin and Pat Redpath, was rewarded for his consistency in the Members Incentive, guided to victory by in-form reinsman Rohan Hillier.
Thirty minutes later Hillier and Jarman were at it again, providing King Island owners Erica Buhck and Ian Johnson along with Burnie’s Shirley and Veli Berger with reasons to celebrate when their five-year-old gelding Wattle Creek scored a convincing win.
Devonport owners Rose and Ian Kent were victorious on the night with five-year-old Peace Chief notching up the second win of his career, while Stowport trainer Andrew Rawlings provided a highlight for Burnie owner Greg Byrne when Dieberdevil led all the way in the Devonport Saddleworld Pace.
Michael Maxfield’s winning run continued as an owner-trainer when Whodeani waltzed home in the Adam Brooks Group Pace winning by an effortless 10m.
Greyhound racing owners and trainers are all invited to a special seminar on May 2 at the Rutherglen Holiday Village Conference Centre with special guest Dr John Kohnke.
Kohnke is a well known Australian veterinary surgeon, author and nutritional advisor on greyhounds for over 30 years.
Topics for discussion on the night will be the dietary needs of greyhounds during training, pre-race feeding along with common problems like cramping, dehydration and bone and joint problems in young greyhounds.
To follow – Gallops: Espry. Harness: Devendra. Greyhounds: Go Five.
This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.