Sometimes even 3500 winners worth of experience doesn’t give you all the answers.
Case in point, Tony Herlihy with Friday night’s Gr. 3 $30,000 Cambridge Trotters Flying Stakes winner, Temporale.
He maintained his fine record on the track, and over the sprint trip with a gritty front-running performance.
In the process he seemingly erased an uncharacteristic gallop in the Group 1 National Trot at his last start.
Just why he did it had Herlihy stumped and he admitted post-win that he hadn’t been entirely happy for the horse in the past couple of weeks.
“I was more hopeful than confident heading in to tonight.
“I had the chiropractor go over him last week but they couldn’t find anything.
“So, I can’t really figure out what’s been bothering him.
“His work this week was not too bad, though.”
Still, he got the money and a second Cambridge sprint feature in the space of two-and-a-half weeks to go with his Gr. 2 $50,000 Trotters Flying Mile win on Christmas Eve.
Speeding Spur, who is slated to return to Aussie later this month for a tilt at the Great Southern Star against Marcoola and Tornado Valley, fought bravely for second after losing a lead dig early in the contest.
Whether Temporale follows Speeding Spur to Australia is yet to be determined.
“I’m just not sure at this stage,” said Herlihy.
“I’ll have a word with the boys and see what they want to do.”
The alternative would be a freshen up before the Rowe Cup and Anzac Cup at Alexandra Park in late April/early May, with the NZ Trotting Champs at Addington in early April as well.
Massive Metro fought on solidly for third after having to come from the back of the field and looks a serious threat in all future trotting features.