It was a great weekend for Jet Black Shadow’s owners, after he won both cups up for grabs at the Kapiti Coast Harness Racing Club’s two day meeting.
“We had planned on heading south, but after Friday’s win we stayed over for Sunday’s cup race,” a jubilant Steve said.
They bought Jet Black Shadow four years ago as a yearling.
Usually very careful buyers, they had attended the Karaka horse sales not intending to purchase any new race horses.
“Then this big black horse walked into the (sales) ring and Steve said we should buy this horse,” Barry said. “We asked (trainer) Nicky Chilcott if she knew it and she said it was fine. So we bought it!”
Steve said he would normally want trainer and vet checks before buying. “This one ran up and down – there’s nothing wrong with this horse, I told Barry we’re buying this horse! Bidding started at $10,000 and our final bid was $21,000!” He admitted he had researched Jet Black Shadow’s history prior to the sales. “He was a so tough during early breaking in and training he would go backwards through hedges,” Steve said.
Jet Black Shadow who is trained and driven by Nicky Chilcott, Cambridge, has won “big races” in Auckland.
Friday’s running of the Wellington Trotting cup was the first time it had been contested since 2002, after the Hutt Park track was closed.