Mr Feelgood Wins New Year Sprint

Mr Feelgood Wins New Year Sprint

A bumper night of pacing and trotting features at Melton’s Tabocorp Park last Friday included a sensational performance by Inter Dominion champion Mr Feelgood in the $20 000 SEW-Eurodrive New Years Sprint.

A seven-year-old son of Grinfromeatoear, Mr Feelgood ($6) crossed the line first in the 1720m mobile start sprint, just a half-head in front of the $2.10 favourite Sammy Maguire, with Make Waves ($13.30) nearly two and a half metres back from the winner for third.

Trained by Tim Butt and ridden by Butt’s brother Anthony, Mr Feelgood impressed punters and spectators by triumphing over his awkward outside back-row draw of 11, running without cover over the last 800m, snatching the lead from Sammy Maguire on the straight to win with a blistering mile rate of 1:55.8.

It was the American-bred pacer’s first victory since he took out the Inter Dominion last March and he more than made up for his lacklustre seventh placing last start in the SEW-Eurodrive Victoria Cup last month.

Mr Feelgood’s next major focus is on the BIG6 Hunter Cup, but he should be on the track again this Saturday night in the Bendigo Cup, with the Ballarat Cup also in his sights.

2010 SEW-Eurodrive New Year Sprint Results:

Placing

Horse

Prizemoney

Row & Barrier

Trainer

Driver

Margin (m)

1
MR FEELGOOD (USA)
$13 500 Sr4 T G Butt A M Butt
2
SAMMY MAGUIRE (NZ)
$3 000 Fr2 G A Lang G A Lang HFHD
3
MAKE WAVES
$2 000 Fr6 R F Cook C A Alford 2.40
4
BORIS BADENOV
$1 000 Fr3 S M Hunter M Doltoff 3.90
5
LUV THA ACES LOMBO
$500 Sr2 J D Justice J D Justice 4.10
6
COASTAL (NZ)
Fr1 L J Justice L J Justice 4.50
7
KARLSRUHE
Sr3 D Aiken J N Quinlan 6.90
8
ALBERT JACCKA
Fr4 T J Bolitho K E Manning 7.30
9
VERANJEE
Fr5 A J Fullwood G R Sugars 8.90
10
MISTER SWINGER
Fr7 G F Webster G F Webster 9.80
11
MEGASAM (NZ)
Sr1 G F Douglas D K Douglas 12.50