Bright future for second Group One winner

Colac district horse trainers Mark Driscoll, right, and Courtney Slater enjoyed their second Group One harness race victory when Fremarkspoetry crossed the line first in a $50,000 race at Melton. They are pictured with stable foreman Kyle Horsted at their 80-acre training facility at Beeac, where they train 45 horses.

Colac district horse trainers Mark Driscoll and Courtney Slater predict a big future for their second Group One harness race winner in six months.

Highly promising three-year-old filly Fremarkspoetry made it three wins from three starts when she crossed the line first in the $50,000 Home Grown Classic at Melton, breaking the track record in the process.

“It was awesome to get the win, it’s why you put in the hard yards,” Slater said.

“She broke the track record, she was 156.8 for the mile, and I think she might have been .2 of a second off the Australasian track record,” she said.

“She is just a powerhouse, she’s a big strong filly, we should have some good times.

“But my husband Mark deserves a lot of credit, he has done all the work with this one, this has been his girl.”

Fremarkspoetry is Driscoll and Slater’s second Group One winner since Goodtime Heaven prevailed at the Breeders Challenge final in Sydney in July.

Slater said Goodtime Heaven, who has had nine wins from her 12 starts, was “just coming back into work now” after suffering a spider bite.

“She had treatment but there was no damage, she just needed a bit of time off,” she said.

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