Speeding Spur has announced that he is the ‘real deal’, following his Great Southern Star success at Melton against the trotting elite. The son of Pegasus Spur showed all his true qualities to win the $300,000 Group One feature. Following a second placing in his heat, in track record time, he showed dazzling speed in the final to crush his rivals, he has now bankrolled over $500,000 in stakes. The ‘baby’ of the race was driven a treat by Josh Dickie and the methodical preparation of trainer John Dickie was on display for all to see. Congratulations to all and a big shout to Andy and Kate Gath for hosting the horse.   For World champion sire Bettor’s Delight, his progeny had a night out on Great Northern Derby evening at Auckland, where he sired the winners of the key feature races. Lazarus added to his burgeoning record when he won the Great Northern Derby by four lengths, he now has over $750,000 on his card. Spanish Armada was the winner of the 2yo fillies Young Guns final after sitting in the breeze and dashing More The Bettor won the 2yo division for the colts and geldings of the Young Gun series.   Champion pacer Beautide, broke Smolda’s track record at Menangle for 2300 metres where he returned a mile rate of 1.53.5 and Mossdale Conner was a winner of the $40,000 Northern Southland Cup at Invercargill.   American Ideal’s sassy daughter Luisanabelle Midfrew was a very impressive winner of her Nevele R 3yo fillies heat at Addington in 1.57, Idealindiamonds took the honours in the Waimate Cup, blasting home in 27.4 and Brydon Ideal in the hands of Maurice McKendry won at Auckland.