5 August 2011 - Victoria’s racing minister has offered a glowing endorsement of a horse the Bendigo Advertiser will race for charity. Liberal MP Denis Napthine honoured his promise to meet harness horse Addy.
Dr Napthine turned the clock back to his former profession as a veterinarian to offer an assessment of the Lombo Pocket Watch two-year-old filly. “I am very confident about her prospects,” he said.
“She’s well bred. Lombo Pocket Watch was one of the best, most exciting pacers and that is her dad... she comes from a good sire side, a good dam side. “She herself is a relaxed, well conformed young filly with all the potential to be a very good and very competitive race horse.” Dr Napthine assessed Addy’s legs and rump and predicted she would be a powerful harness horse. “I would encourage anyone to sign up and lend their support to Addy,” he said. “I have no doubt that she will be able to deliver the goods when she takes the track. “I am positive that the interest in Addy will get plenty of people through the gates at Bendigo and around the state so I am proud to offer my personal support to Addy, who I am sure will have a long and successful career.” Dr Napthine met Addy’s trainer, Maiden Gully’s Maree Campbell, at Bendigo’s harness racing track. He had his first experience in a sulky behind a harness horse and met students at the Bendigo Harness Racing Industry Training Centre, which trains 140 people each year to become stable hands, drivers, trainers and stewards. Dr Napthine said he looked forward to watching Addy race. There is no doubt when she is racing I’ll be there and if the journalists at the Advertiser haven’t knocked off the odds I might have a dollar or two on her,” he said. To join the Race For Fun Club, see the coupon in Saturday’s Bendigo Advertiser. Catch up on Addy’s progress in the Advertiser each Tuesday. - Brett Worthington (The Bendigo Advertiser)