IF ever there was a horse destined to evoke emotion from winning his first race it was Do It For Dave that powered home for an impressive last-stride victory at UBET Park Hobart last Sunday night.
Do It For Dave dug deep when it counted to grab a last-stride win over Fowsands with Metrosilk a distant third.
Do It For Dave is the only horse bred by the late David Medhurst who tragically lost his life in a car accident two years ago at the tender age of 26.
Tasmania’s harness industry mourned the loss for some time and David’s legacy has lived on through his family who remain an integral part of Tasmania’s harness racing fabric.
David’s father Zane Medhurst is a talented trainer in his own right and he also acts as clerk of the course at harness meetings in the south and north of the state.
Zane trains Do It For Dave, a five-year-old gelding that had strung together three consecutive minor placings leading up to last Sunday night’s maiden win.
“This win is obviously extremely special to all the family,” Zane Medhurst said.
“We named this horse after our son as he is the only horse that David bred and to finally win a race with him is truly amazing.”
“It’s hard to explain exactly how it feels because we go through mixed emotions every week we turn up at the races and watch our horses go around in David’s old colours but this is win is definitely one of the very special moments,” he said.
Do It For Dave (JR Mint-Chloes Princess) has had only 12 starts for a win and three minor placings
But the way the gelding hit the line more wins could be expected.
By Peter Staples.