Jack Frost claimed a special double when he outlasted his rivals to win an action-packed running of
the Schweppes Great Northern Hurdle (4200m) at Te Aroha today.
Scenes of unbridled jubilation from his large group of owners greeted the Brian and Shane Anderton
trained eight-year-old as he made his way back to the winner’s enclosure after adding the biggest
hurdle event in the north to his Grand National Hurdles title at Riccarton last month.
Supporters of jumps racing couldn’t have asked for a better spectacle as the capacity field put on an
enthralling contest from start to finish. Free-goer Banbury Lad set up a hectic pace in front as he
strung the field out by up to thirty lengths in the early stages of the prestige event.
Jack Frost and rider Buddy Lammas, who gained the mount after regular pilot Stuart Higgins was
suspended for his ride on the horse in the Grand National, bided their time at the rear of the field as
they conserved energy for a final charge.
Former Sydney Cup winner Gallante and local favourite Laekeeper split the field wide open when
they dashed clear with 1200m to run with the Paul Nelson trained Second Innings stalking them as
they approached the home turn. By this time Lammas had Jack Frost humming as he closed in on the
trio before issuing his challenge at the second to last fence.
Second Innings hit the front but botched the two remaining jumps to succumb to the inexorable
charge of Jack Frost who went clear in the run to the post as he sent owners, the Frosty’s Shoutin
The Beers Syndicate, into a joyous delirium.