Avenel trained pacer Higherthananeagle shattered the track record in a pillar-to-post victory in the time-honoured $25000 George Croxford Tribute for three-year-olds at Monday’s Cobram harness racing meeting.
The three-year-old daughter of the recently-deceased sire Mach Three was driven to victory by trainer David Aiken, who was having his first drive on the filly.
In a dashing, front-running display, Higherthananeagle, who was equal favourite at $3.10 with the Mark Pitt-trained and driven Shez All Rock, broke the hearts of her pursuers with a blistering 26.9 final quarter and a scorching 1.55.1 mile for the 2170m trip, which was a new track record.
The record, which has stood for eight years, was held by Cuttheattitude who set the mark at a meeting in May 2010.
Higherthananeagle left her rivals stranded in the final stages of the race with the second placegetter and favourite Shez All Rock finishing nearly 14m back, with the roughie Cullens Legend filling the minor placing.
Higherthananeagle’s win completed a big few days for owner Kevin Riseley.
Riseley is also part-owner of Saturday night’s Hunter Cup winner, New Zealander Lazarus, and also the fourth placegetter in that race Lennytheshark.
Riseley spent up big at the Melbourne yearly sales on Sunday, buying a Somebeachsomewhere-Maid For You Lombo filly for $50000.