By Duane Ranger
Even with Monbet currently be spelled Greg and Nina Hope can still boast one of New Zealand’s best trotters.
That was endorsed at Alexandra Park this evening when the Ricky May driven Quite A Moment won the Group One Campin Bloodstock $80,000 National Trot in New Zealand record time.
The 7-year-old brown Quite Easy mare trotted the 2700m stand in 3:19.90 – 3.7 seconds quicker than I Can Doosit’s national record set in the Group Three City of Sails Trot in March 2012.
“Marcoola did all the hard yards in front while we sat back and bided our time. She’s no Monbet but she’s a very good trotter. I couldn’t believe that was a New Zealand record because she was travelling so well,” May said.
Quite A Moment came from back in the field to win by three quarters of a length and one-and-three-quarter lengths from Bordeaux (Dexter Dunn) and Great Things Happen (Gavin Smith).
She trotted a 1:59.1 mile rate and came home in 58.2 and 29.2. She was the $10.70 third favourite.
May said Quite A Moment was now likely to travel to Melton’s Tabcorp Park to take part in the Great Southern on March 11 – a race she finished third in last year.
“She’s a lovely trotter who went real nice second behind his stablemate (Monbet) in the Dominion. Greg and Nina had him spot on today. She’s a real credit to their training,” May said.
Quite A Moment has now won 16 of his 101 starts and placed 41 times for just on $385,000 in stakes.
He is owned by Mrs C L Stewart, W R Stewart, A R Pullar, and Mrs B E Pullar, and was bred by G D Beckett.