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Unique record for racing namesakes

27 / 02 / 2012 Article by: Editor
Michael Laugher
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A PIECE of Tasmanian racing history was written in Devonport yesterday when two horses of the same name but of different codes won on the same day.

Thoroughbred Packedtotherafters powered his way to success at Tapeta Park yesterday afternoon and a few hours later his standardbred (harness) namesake scored an equally impressive win at the Devonport Showground.

They both went onto their respective races as winners of their previous outing but while the galloper Packedtotherafters was sent out an odds-on favourite ($1.60) the pacer scored at the lucrative odds of $8.10.

Packedtotherafters the thoroughbred came from well back in the field to score impressively from Peggyichi and race leader Whoforgot Derboots.

The gelding is prepared at Spreyton by Adam Trinder who has always had an opinion of the five-year-old gelding that is raced by his partner Leah Goodrick.

Packedtotherafters the pacer was driven superbly by Rohan Hillier who had the four-year-old settled behind the leader for most of the 2297m journey before easing him off the fence to challenge leaving the back straight the last time.

The gelded son of Life Sign went on to score by two metres from Touchwood Teeksta with Prettyboytoby the same margin away third.

Packedtotherafters is trained at Westbury by Michael Laugher who owns and races the gelding in partnership with his sister Annette.