Memorable first win for owner

Work commitments at NZ Bloodstock kept Morgan Carter in the Karaka office yesterday, but it didn’t stop him concentrating on race two at Tauranga.

Carter (22) is the son of Cambridge trainers Tim and Margaret Carter and is part-owner, along with his parents, in Big Iron, a three-year-old son of Towkay, who was having his second raceday start in the Hills Haden Valuers Tauranga 3YO.

Big Iron had shown promise with a trials win at Paeroa ad had performed creditably in his debut when fifth at Matamata last month. And having benefited from those recent runs he raced away to win by two and a quarter lengths.

Tim and Margaret Carter have enjoyed plenty of success, both as owners and trainers, but Big Iron is the first winner for their son, who is employed in the insurance department on NZ Bloodstock and is also a fledgling auctioneer with the company.

“He rang straight away after the race,” said Margaret Carter. “He’s really happy. He’s got shares in a few others, but this is the best so far.”

Big Iron was ridden today by Noel Harris, who was quick to give the horse the “thumbs up.”

“He’s learning all the time and he learnt a lot more today,” said Harris. “He’ll be all right. I like him.”

Harris also provided another milestone for the Carters with their first Group One training success with Vonusti in the Telegraph Handicap at Trentham a few years ago.

Big Iron is the 11th win for Harris this season and comes atop a special win at Ellerslie last weekend on The Lion’s Rule. That success on the Mike Moroney and Chad Ormsby trained galloper was win number 2094 in his career, a victory which took him into fourth spot on the all-time jockeys’ list, headed by Lance O’Sullivan (2357).

Harris overtook David Peake on the all-time list, having drawn level with Peake when winning recently on Parnell Prince at Te Rapa.

It’s been a memorable season already for Harris with his autobiography “Harry, The Ride Of My Life,” being released around the same time he landed the Gr.3 Winter Cup at Riccarton on Art Beat.

The book reached No.2 on New Zealand’s adult non-fiction top 10 list and the publishers are pleased with its success and expecting a resurgence of sales from Christmas shoppers.