In 2001 was the first time an Inter-Dominion trotters series was held in Queensland and there hasn’t been another trotters series in the Sunshine State until the upcoming series next month.
One of New Zealand’s greatest trotters Take A Moment came off the 20-meter mark to win for brothers Tim & Anthony Butt.
Take A Moment (Armbro Invasion- Nakura) was bred in the Central Districts of New Zealand, by Andrew Corkran whose nephew Paul joined him in ownership and trained him in Canterbury.
After winning four of his first six starts for the Corkran’s as an early five-year-old, Tim Butt organised a syndicate consisting of Bruce Greenhalgh, Barry Cotton, Jack O’Donnell, Merv Rodgers, Peter Barber, Neven Botica, Julie King-Turner, Tom Malcolm, and Trevor Woolley to purchase Take A Moment for a reported $120,000.
Six months after purchasing the gelding, Take A Moment became the Inters Champion for the syndicate.
Night one Take A Moment finished a disappointing sixth but bounced back to win a heat on the second night.
Take A Moment stepped cleanly in the final and despite his 20-meter handicap was able to find the lead at the bell and from there driver Anthony Butt control the race to win untouched by 3.5 meters.
The Kiwi’s also filled the placings Mountain Gold (Maurice Mchendry) second and Special Force (Colin De Filippi) third.
Take A Moment went on to win the 2003 edition of the Inter Dominion at Addington.
The champion trotter passed away at the age of 22 on the property of Mark O’Donnell son of part owner jack.