Outamyway (NZ) Storms to Stakes Success
Friday, October 2, 2020
Master trotting trainer Paul Nairn pulled off another feature race victory in the most thrilling of finishes when Outamyway (NZ) (Love You) won the $75,000 Listed NZB Standardbred Harness Million 2YO Trot (1980m) at Addington on Friday night.
Outamyway and driver Blair Orange burst out of the pack and put in one final late dive to beat runner-up Franco Jorik (Muscle Mass) by just a head in the inaugural running of a trotting event in the NZB Standardbred Harness Million Race Series.
It was not just that narrow margin that made the last 50 metres of the race nerve wracking for Nairn and Outamyway’s group of owners.
The talented, but inexperienced squaregaiter showed how much he still has to learn about racing when trotting roughly ahead of the post.
But, Orange helped the horse maintain his composure and win his first race in the most extraordinary of circumstances by taking out the Listed NZB Standardbred Harness Million 2YO Trot.
“He is a good staying type of horse and those are the types of horses you want,” Nairn said.
“He didn’t trot as well as I would have liked him to but Blair did a great job holding him together.”
Nairn got some insight in to Outamyway’s temperament when he inspected the horse at the NZB Standardbred National Yearling Sales at Christchurch in 2019.
Despite being amongst the excitement of the sales arena, the horse was not fazed in the slightest and was asleep in his loose box with the trainer arrived.
Outmyway is raced by a group largely made up of Nairn’s longtime clients along with the horse’s breeders, Peter and Jan Williams.
With plenty to learn about racing and just five starts under his belt, the future looks bright for Outamyway.
Nairn said he was looking forward to Outamyway competing over longer distances.
Franco Jorik fought bravely all of the way up the home straight for driver Ricky May.
The Greg and Nina Hope trained trotter was only caught late Outamyway.
Son Of Patrick (Father Patrick) was a length behind Franco Jorik, producing a game effort for trainers Barry Purdon and Scott Phelan.
With Phelan in the sulky, the trotter gave the leaders a big head start before the home turn and powered home wide on the track for his narrow second placing.
Eurokash (NZ) (Love You) was just a further neck away from Son Of Patrick in fourth placing.
The stablemate of Franco Jorik was brave in defeat after being forced to sit parked for much of the running of the NZB Standardbred Harness Million 2YO Trot.