Catch up on the week’s harness racing action in our weekly review, thanks to Darren Clayton.
With a name more synonymous with Redcliffe, the Eberts made their mark at Albion Park on Tuesday, November 16.
Kerry Ebert is the former long-serving president of the Redcliffe Harness Racing Club, while Darren Ebert heads the auctioneering company that conducts the annual yearling sales at the Peninsula club.
On Tuesday, the father-son pair combined to record a one-two finish courtesy of Doolittle Dexter and Chump Chop running the quinella in the fourth race on the card.
Both horses are trained by Darren, however it was the horse owned by Kerry that claimed the victory.
Many of Kerry’s horses have been named with a ‘Doolittle’ prefix, and the victory of Doolittle Dexter was the three-year-old’s maiden breaking win.
In recent times, Darren has named some of his horses with a meat or butcher theme, rather fitting for the trained butcher, with Chump Chop the best of these, having claimed 11 victories in his career for Ebert.
It was Chump Chop that had the support of the punters on Tuesday, with the seven-year-old sent out as the race favourite.
Doolittle Dexter was at the other end of the market as one of the outsiders despite starting from barrier two.
From barrier six, Chump Chop was doing plenty of work in the early stages as he was pressing forward to finally sit outside the leader.
Turning for home, Pete McMullen was hard at work with Chump Chop, but the gelding was able to respond, digging in for the fight and hitting the front close to the finish line.
It was the Leonard Cain-driven Doolittle Dexter that had a relatively easy run one out and two back and loomed as the danger in the stretch as he let down for the run to the judge.
Sprinting sharply, the gelded son of Cammibest arrived in the last stride, relegating Chump Chop to second placing by the barest possible margin.