Glorious day at the Ōtaki harness races

No 7, Jet Black Shadow is well positioned in the middle of the  eld midway round the 3000 metre Ōtaki Cup race, before making his way through the  eld to take  rst place by a nose from Lucia Bromac in a very close  nish. He won the Wellington Trotting Cup on the  rst day of the two day meeting, again in a close  nish over Lucia Bromac by a short head
No 7, Jet Black Shadow is well positioned in the middle of the eld midway round the 3000 metre Ōtaki Cup race, before making his way through the eld to take rst place by a nose from Lucia Bromac in a very close nish. He won the Wellington Trotting Cup on the rst day of the two day meeting, again in a close nish over Lucia Bromac by a short head

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 Power and driver/trainer, Nicky Chilcott arrive back in the birdcage after winning the Otaki Cup on day two, completing a double winning the Wellington Trotting Cup on Friday, day one of the two day meet. Kapiti Coast Harness Racing’s patron, Trevor Wylie is at microphone with president, Mary Colman right, before presenting the cup to his owners
Jet Black Power and driver/trainer, Nicky Chilcott arrive back in the birdcage after winning the Otaki Cup on day two, completing a double winning the Wellington Trotting Cup on Friday, day one of the two day meet. Kapiti Coast Harness Racing’s patron, Trevor Wylie is at microphone with president, Mary Colman right, before presenting the cup to his owners

Jet Black Shadow who is trained and driven by Nicky Chilcott, Cambridge, has won “big races” in Auckland.

Barry Lichter (left) with the Wellington Trotting Cup while Steve Hollander holds high the Ōtaki Trotting Cup after achieving the double victory at the Ōtaki trots
Barry Lichter (left) with the Wellington Trotting Cup while Steve Hollander holds high the Ōtaki Trotting Cup after achieving the double victory at the Ōtaki trots

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.