Busselton hobby trainer Daryl Stead has dabbled with pacers for more than 25 years.
However, the hobby paid off for Stead last week when he enjoyed his most memorable moment in the sport, landing his first metro stakes win with three-year-old filly Blissful Cullen in the D’Orsogna Premium Bacon Pace (1700m) at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
Blissful Cullen, driven by Boyanup reinsman Kim Prentice, began speedily to find the front from barrier two before recording a five-metre win over Hoylakes Firstlady and Bonsu.
Stead, 43, recommended the filly to his good friend Matt Birch after he noticed her advertised for sale about two months ago.
“Matt is a good friend of mine and he has always loved horses,” Stead said.
“So I told him about this one who had just won at a 1.57.2 rate over 1670m at Pinjarra.
Two days later Matt phoned me and said he had bought the filly for $6500 and that he wanted me to go and pick her up.”
Blissfull Cullen now has had seven starts for Birch and Stead for one win and two placings for stakes of $13,175 to take her overall record top-18 starts for two wins, five placings and $20,230.
Stead, who works with his wife Leonie Stead ooking after the Willy Bay resort in the heart of Margaret River, has been interested in harness racing since his teenage days.
He drove occasionally several years ago.
He has had very few city runners and has trained about six or seven winners and his only previous Gloucester Park winner was Gary Man in a country stakes event on August 10, 2001.