False start spectacular at Rangiora

 Raring to go... driver, John Dunn has his hands full  as Commander Paris, a runner in the RD1 Handicap Trot, at the Rangiora  Harness Racing Club's meeting last Sunday, rears up after being sideswiped by  another runner during a false  start. Starter's assistant  Brent Williams is at left. Photo: Shelley Topp


Raring to go… driver, John Dunn has his hands full as Commander Paris, a runner in the RD1 Handicap Trot, at the Rangiora Harness Racing Club’s meeting last Sunday, rears up after being sideswiped by another runner during a false start. Starter’s assistant Brent Williams is at left. Photo: Shelley Topp

 Driver, John Dunn had his hands full  during a few hair-raising moments at the start of the RD1 Handicap Trot, at the Rangiora  Harness Racing Club’s meeting last Sunday.

Dunn’s drive,  in Race 10 on the programme,  Commander Paris, made a spectacular rear after  another runner, Rocknpop  reared up at the start when the barrier tapes were released, and swung around sideways into him. The starter, Peter Lamb, called a false start. However, Commander Paris was once again  badly hampered by Rocknpop during a similar incident  at the second attempt to start the race. This time though the race   was allowed to continue and  was eventually won by Aile Rouge, a chestnut  Love You – Donna Whiz gelding trained by Robbie Holmes at Leithfield Beach, and driven by Gavin Smith, with Donsmedad, second and Peterhof third.

Shelly Topp

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