Olde Oak Emma and Alicia Harrison scoot up the passing lane to win. Photo: Supplied.
Morrinsville horsewoman Alicia Harrison leads the New Zealand Junior Drivers Championship after night one at Forbury Park on Thursday.
Harrison caused an upset in the first heat with a good winning drive behind Olde Oak Emma, who was paying more than $20.
She got handy early and ended up trailing fellow northerner Jack MacKinnon, who was driving the favourite, Omar Sharif.
That horse copped a bit of pressure mid-race and held on for second, but he was unable to resist the challenge of Olde Oak Emma, who travelled on a rein of cotton in the trail.
“She travelled super and the leader probably got softened up enough that I thought I was a really good show turning in,” said Harrison.
“I had hoped to get handy but I wasn’t sure if she had that much gate speed.
“I did think she needed to be on the speed without doing work.
“She felt super in the war, up and on the gate and I knew Neve Franco (drawn 1) fell out of the gate so I thought I could slot in.”
Harrison maintained her lead with a third placing in the second heat behind Franco Huntington, the race won by favourite Possente Cavallo and Mark Hurrell.
Benjamin Butcher placed in both races and sits third Harrison and Hurrell on the points table.
The series concludes with two rounds at Addington on Friday night and Harrison hopes to maintain her lead with Queen Of Glory in the first of those.
“I think she’s a really good show; she’s a nice sit-sprinter and hopefully, at worst, I’m three-back and you can usually fit a few up the lane.
“I’m just happy to be in the position I’m in and hopefully I can drive them both well tomorrow night.”
27 – Alicia Harrison
25 – Mark Hurrell
22 – Benjamin Butcher
19 – Jack MacKinnon
16 – Matt Anderson
13 – Ben Hope, Luke Whittaker, Kimberly Butt
11 – Dylan Ferguson
9 – John Morrison
6 – Tony Cameron, Sheree Tomlinson