Lucky week for Trotting Trainer?

Cambridge trotting trainer Sean McCaffrey took time out from preparation for the Harness Jewels meeting at Cambridge Raceway on Saturday to attend the gallops fixture at Rotorua yesterday.

McCaffrey’s focus at Rotorua was Fine Line, a first-starter who contested the Ruck N Maul Sports Bar 1230. McCaffrey is part of the eight-person syndicate which races the Align four-year-old and there was confidence in the camp over the mare’s prospects.

That confidence was spot on as Fine Line, in the hands of apprentice Christopher Dell, fought back strongly over the final stages to beat Oh Em Gee by a neck.

McCaffrey and prominent Waikato lawyer Wayne Dollimore were part of the syndicate on hand for the occasion, but missing was trainer Ross McCarroll, who is holidaying with his wife, Delwyn, in America. The McCarrolls’ trip has centred on attending the Preakness and Belmont Stakes racedays.

McCaffrey has more connection with Fine Line than just being a shareholder in the mare. He has helped in the preparation of Fine Line after setbacks delayed the start to her racing career.

Fine Line is lucky to be racing let alone winning races, according to McCaffrey.

“She broke a bone in her leg as a two-year-old and I had her at home for while, working her on a lead off the trotters,” said McCaffrey. “She settled into it well then went back to Ross and won a trial at Cambridge (last October), but got hurt after that and was off for a while.”

Fine Line got back to the trials at Paeroa last April and improved by the run she went on to win her next trial, at Te Awamutu when ridden for the first time by Dell.

After celebrating Fine Line’s win, McCaffrey now switches his attention back to the Harness Jewel meeting and the hope of further success.

He will be represented in the Two-Year-Old Trot by Mollyz Luck, who has won a couple of races and is one of the form runners. McCaffrey races Mollyz Luck with owner-breeders Brian and Rose Tims, of Matamata.