Three on the trot for mighty mare

Limousine Livia in red-hot form after wins in Tamworth and Newcastle

The Jarred Hetherington-trained Limousine Livia, with Hetherington’s daughter Paige, nephew Jack Buckman and niece Lucy Buckman.

Local harness racing trainer Jarred Hetherington is no stranger to success.

But what he has witnessed from seven-year-old bay mare Limousine Livia during the past fortnight has been extremely pleasing.

As previously reported in The Courier, Limousine Livia raced to victory in Maitland on Monday, April 16.

She has since won two races from as many attempts, the most recent at a TAB meeting in Newcastle yesterday afternoon.

The other was at a Tamworth TAB meeting on Friday evening.

Hetherington said that Limousine Livia was a very impressive mare with a bright future.

“She’s got a lot of bottom,” Hetherington said.

“She’s won her past three starts and she’s had to do all the work.

“We’ve driven her like the best horse in the race and she’s made her own luck.”

Hetherington said that he had enjoyed watching her race the past two weeks.

He could not make it to Newcastle yesterday, but she travelled with Hetherington’s father, and former harness racing trainer, Wayne Hetherington.

Jarred said that his father and Geoff Freeman both offered invaluable assistance, and both helped contribute to the success of his horses.

Driven by Brad Elder, Limousine Livia started as the $2.20 favourite in Newcastle yesterday.

She started from three on the front row in the 2030-metre pace, which was the first race of the day.

She dropped back to sixth early, but during the first back straight she advanced to third on a three-wide run.

During the following turn she advanced to second place, moving to the spot outside the leader.

With 500 metres remaining in the race she had created a comfortable lead, and when she entered the final straight moments later she led by 20 metres.

She then cruised home to win by 10 metres.