Wagin Trotting Club president Matthew Spurr with leading trainer award winner for season 2011-12 Shannon Suvaljko, his daughter Emily Suvaljko and award sponsor Tom Spurr of Spurr’s Produce. Dean Bielby and Les Mills winners of the leading horse award for season 2011-12, with Wagin Trotting Club president Matthew Spurr and reinsperson award winner Shane Butterworth.
THE Wagin Ladies’ Trotting Committee meeting held on June 16 proved popular with the Palace Hotel Jackpot of $1650 drawing a good crowd to witness a night of action on and off the track.
The racing was keenly contested and provided a good atmosphere as the 2012 Wagin Argus Leading Horse of the Year come down to the wire.
In the end it was a tie between Boofshalfbrother and Imnota Fake who finished on equal points and with equal amounts of wins and places.
Shane Butterworth who has had a fantastic season, easily beat his rivals and took out the cash prize of $500 for the Reinsperson Award which was donated by the Wagin District Club.
Shannon Suvaljko was untroubled in the leading trainer award and received $2000 of horse feed donated by Spurrs Produce.
The main event of the night, the Wagin Ladies’ Committee Cup, proved a keen affair when Boofshalfbrother, driven by Shane Butterworth, worked forward early to the breeze and managed to overhaul Moonlight Rockhole in the last stride and win by a head, with Octavian back in third.
Race one was taken out by Quick Reflection NZ who found the front early and never looked like getting beaten.
Whatashambles settled back in the field early and worked forward to the breeze in the mid stages of the race and ran on gamely into second place.
Scary Lady who breezed early held on for third.
Delusional, driven by Chris Brew, scored a well-deserved win in the Wagin Stable Gear three-year-old pace by holding on to defeat Eddys Entourage and Hilo Rex.
Hes A Pearler, trained and driven by Garry Elliott, proved too strong for his rivals in the last event of the night, the Kitchen Staff Graduation Pace.
With the slow tempo set up front the driver took nothing to chance and went around to the breeze after half a lap.
Hes A Pearler shook off his rivals at the 400m mark and held on to defeat Little Sis by 2.4m, driven by Mitchell Miller, with Its My Lucknow back in third, driven by Matthew White.
In other events Sir Jasper (Dylan Egerton-Green) and Irish O’Neill NZ (Chris Voak) recorded good wins, and The Magic Edition (Shannon Suvaljko) held on to narrowly defeat local pacer Golden Bromac (Shane Butterworth) by a head.
Wagin’s next trot meeting will be held on November 2 when the new season gets under way.