Morris clocking up plenty of miles

8 April 2021

IT was a busy weekend for many harness racing participants with feature meetings at Maitland and Wagga Wagga attracting plenty of interest.

Menangle Park reinsman, Robbie Morris clocked up plenty of miles by traveling up to Maitland on Saturday night before making the long trek down to Wagga on Sunday, where he had four drives.
And while he came away winless from the Riverina Championships day, he was more than satisfied with what he achieved on the weekend, scoring a feature win in Maitland’s Inter City Pace aboard the Clayton Harmey trained Im Quick As Fire.
Beaten for early speed out of the gate, the six-year-old was balanced up by Morris who then sent him forward to wrest the lead away from Ultra Bliss,
Morris controlled the race from the front, rating Im Quick As Fire to perfection, running the first half of the last mile in a leisurely 61.4 seconds before putting his rivals to bed down the back with a fast 27.2s third quarter.
That allowed him to break clear of those chasing him rounding the home turn and he maintained the tempo by pacing the last quarter in 28.8s.
Stablemate Azur Express (Brad Elder) rattled home from near last to run second while Ultra Bliss (Josh Gallagher) held on for third.
“It was a great thrill to go up to Maitland and win the feature race for Clayton,” said Morris.
“The Hunter Valley has been very kind to me ever since I began driving.
“But this season I have captured a rare double up there, winning the Newcastle Mile with The Black Prince and now the Inter City Pace.
“I think Clayton has his hands on a pretty nice one in Im Quick As Fire, who has won four of his eight starts since coming from New Zealand.
“And the way he won on Saturday night gave me the feeling that he can win plenty more.”
Morris heads to Penrith tonight where he has six drives, three for his wife KerryAnn and three for Troy Williams.
“All the horses I am driving tonight have good each-way chances and it is hard to pinpoint one that stands out,” said Morris.
“Troy always has his team fit and well and I like driving for him.
“And our horses are all pretty honest performers as well.”

 

- MICHAEL DUMESNY