Nice first victory for the son of Master Glide


Kevin Chapman plans to add a mental skills coach to his resume after grooming Leningrad (Master slips) to his first harness racing win at Addington Raceway on Friday night (August 19).

Leningrad (photo HRNZ)

The gelding has been a handful for his owner-breeder-trainer over the past few years, his anxiety getting the better of him.

But Chapman took a patient approach with his gelding and slowly worked to try and improve his mental game, and it paid off when he led nearly all the way through the hands of rider Tim Williams to win the IRT. . Your horse. Our passion. Moving trot (1980m).

Chapman was philosophical about how long it took to get the right gelding and he was thrilled with Friday’s result.

“All trotters take a little while to get over it, he just took five years,” Chapman joked.

“He’s quite a difficult horse to train. He just gets anxious and is a little funny about his space. You just have to go with the flow and wait for him.

“He can trot well. If he can mentally sort it out, he’s got more wins in him. As a trotter, you have to get it right mentally.

“He has a nice, easy and fluid way of trotting, he just has to figure it out, that’s all.”

Chapman was full of praise for Williams’ leading ride behind the gelding.

“Tim has been good to him throughout the process helping him out,” Chapman said.

“He could easily have been wrong with him. He’s one of those horses where if things go wrong, he doesn’t know how to get out of it.

“He kept it balanced, and we weren’t in a great rush.”


Leningrad was a huge investment in time, but fiscally, not so much.

Chapman bought his dam, the American-bred Donerail mare Taieri Spirit, bearing Leningrad for $300.

“I had an earlier colt from her called Majestic Spirit,” Chapman said. “He also had a lot of ability, but he just couldn’t be left-handed, so I sent him to John Dickie (in Auckland), and John won a race with him.

“Because I had her, I spotted her in the broodmare sale and bought her for $300.

“She was by Donerail and by a mare Garland Lobell, by a mare by Sir Taurus. There were not many details in the pedigree, but in the pedigree there were very good horses.

Meanwhile, Chapman will be hoping his former two-time Group 1 winner Locharburn receives more support at stud this breeding season.

The Christian Cullen The 11-year-old is in his fourth season at Phoebe Stud for a competitive service fee of $1,000 + GST, with a special early bird rate of $800 + GST ​​if paid by September 30 .

“It’s really hard for local horses to get patronage,” Chapman said.

“Her seniors are now yearlings, two-year-olds on the rise, and anyone who had one or broke one has been happy.

“I have three here who have broken in very easily and are doing very well.

“He deserves a chance because people don’t realize how good he really was. He was incredibly good and tough. There’s no reason he shouldn’t leave a good horse behind.

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by Joshua Smith, for Harness News Desk


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