Iona Grinner now a stakes winning trotter!

Iona Grinner now a stakes winning trotter!

Iona Grinner started her career as a pacer, but is now a stakes winning trotter after taking out the Group Two NSW Breeders Challenge 4&5yo Trotters Final at Menangle. (Watch Replay)

After settling at the rear of the field, Iona Grinner (Grinfromeartoear) made a three wide mid race move to the breeze to sit outside of Maximiser (Majestic Son).

The pressure went on shortly after with those two battling from the home bend.

Neck and neck down the long Menangle home straight, Iona Grinner eventually got the better of Maximiser and was able to hold off a fast finishing Glenferrie Burn to win.

Bred by Andy Daniels, Iona Grinner is by Grinfromearotear out of the Village Jasper mare Meredith Castle.

She finished last at her two starts as a pacer before the trainer made the switch and since changing gates Iona Grinner has won ten times.

Sunday's win was her seventh this season and takes her earnings to $78,220.

Meredith Castle is out of Poetry and thus a half sister to the champion trotter La Coocaracha. 

At stud La Coocaracha has produced Reina Danzante and also the dam of Royal Treat.