Who will become the next Maori Legend?

Star trotter I'm Stately, winner of the 2013 Maori Legend.

Star trotter I'm Stately, winner of the 2013 Maori Legend.

STAWELL harness racing at Laidlaw Park on Monday will feature the Group Three $10,000 Maori Legend for two year old trotters.

The $10,000 race is named in honour of local trotting star Maori's Idol who crushed his rivals on the race track with some stunning performances.

After his career ended Maori's Idol went on to become one of the leading trotting sires. He died a few years ago.

Trained and driven by Bryan and Rick Healy at Marnoo, Maori's Idol was a horse everyone was aquainted with because of his amazing race record.

Monday will decide who will become the next legend of this great race.

Great Western trainer Peter Manning has two runners in the legend, with Majestic Jess and Sisulu Success.

Mejestic Jess should go in as favourite after winning once this season and has been racing in top company of late without success.

Sisulu Success is having only her second start, but raced well at Bendigo last week and should be better for the run.

John Justice will travel from Melton on Monday with Ima Skybabe, who is looking for a break through win this season.

A youngster to watch will be the lightly raced Kimmywhowho, which is out of the great mare Kim's Fantasy.

Kim's Fanatsy won 20 races from 60 starts in her career.

Stawell Harness Racing Club will also honour the late Peter Gibson with the running of the three year old trotters Hoot Gibson Memorial.

Peter 'Hoot' Gibson had a great love of harness racing and trained and drove many winners during his association in the industry.

This race for 'Hoot' is very fitting because of his association with the Healy Family during his time at Marnoo as publican and farmer in the district.

A great day of harness racing action is assured with the intrigue as to who will become the next Maori Legend and winner of the inaugural 'Hoot' Gibson Memorial.

The Trackside Bistro will be open from noon for meals and snacks during the afternoon and entry to the race meeting is free.

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