Afterburner saves the day for the Bayneses

Despair turned to jubilation when Afterburner sped to victory in the Winter Racing Series Handicap at Wyndham yesterday.

The trotter fronted up with his best form to dash along the inner to win for owners Kenny Baynes and his sister-in-law, Penny.

Kenny also had the favourite in the $20,000 feature, One More Moment, who broke and lost her chance on the final lap.

The Eastern Southland owner can thank his wife, Jo, for helping save his day with Afterburner.

The trotter underwent a stable movement leading into Winter Racing Series race day, with Jo taking care of Afterburner for trainer Brett Gray in the hope a change of scenery would freshen the horse up.

Jo clearly got her calculations right as the 6yr-old bounced back to his best following a mixed run of form to score at $34 odds.

"I took him home and lightly jogged him and worked him a couple of times around the Gore track and changed his feed a little bit," Jo said.

Afterburner was aided by an excellent Sheree Tomlinson drive. The reinswoman found a soft trip for the 5yr-old before finding room along the inner for the trotter to unleash his winning run.

Gray stable junior driver Tristan Larsen scored one of the biggest wins of his career when Chezz Dale took out another of the Winter Racing Series Finals.

The pacer unleashed a powerful finish down the extreme outside to score for trainer Lindsay Veint.

From barrier 12, Larsen had little option to get back and try to run on with Chezz Dale. He did just that, timing his run perfectly.

"I just waited until I hit the straight. He had the pull down blinds on today. I thought they would make him squirt up and he really did," Larsen said.

Speights On Tap provided a home track win for owners Bruce and Alistair Sinclair in another of the Winter Racing Series Finals.

Another Wyndham trained pacer, American Eyretime, ran to victory in the final heat of the popular series yesterday.


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