Stable juniors chase Drivers' Championship title
Beginning tonight at Forbury Park, the two stable juniors Jack MacKinnon (in picture) and Matt Andersen chase the glory of being crowned NZ Junior Drivers Champion for 2018. With a good book tonight and tomorrow at Addington, they both have a great chance of winning the coveted title.
With 42 wins from 355 drives this season, Matt Andersen has already surpassed his previous season best of 25 wins. He has a six win buffer over top North Island junior Ben Butcher, as the season nears an end. He has clearly been the benchmark amongst the junior cohort this season and has really benefitted through the opportunities given to him by Robert and John out of the Woodend base.
Robert has had a great association with Jack MacKinnon over the past couple of seasons. Jack equalled his season best of 16 wins after a win last week with Zadaka at Alexandra Park. He is fifth equal in the juniors' premiership.
Heat One tonight sees Matt combine with Pete's Dash for Darryn Simpson, while Jack gets the the plumb drive on favourite Omar Sharif. Omar Sharif was too good last week after enjoying a nice run, while Pete's Dash had to do it tough and battled strongly for 4th. From the draw Omar Sharif should again get a good trip and set Jack up with some good early points. The biggest threat is likely to come from the Brett Gray runner El Capitan. Drawn well in two he appears to have rediscovered something of his best form of late.
Matt misses a drive in Heat Two, but Jack will combine with the rejuvenated Machie Mach. Drawn wide he is in a great run of form. If anything this does look a bit of a weaker field than some of the claimers races he has competed in lately. He will still need some luck from the draw. Command Lustre from the frontline looks toughest to beat.
Fast forward to Addington on Friday and there are a further two heats. Martin John is Matt's drive in Race Three, while Jack drives the likely favourite in Black Art. Martin John is a natural frontrunner and from his handy barrier draw looks sure to either lead or trail. He gives Matt a big chance of some good points. Jack will need a bit of luck early with his drive, but could still get a nice run through. Should he do so, he is a good winning chance also.
Both drivers will need their share of luck in the last heat as they drive respectively Anna Barclay - Matt and Limoso - Jack. Anna Barclay is probably the better chance of the two after a good run for third first up. She battled last time after getting a bit too keen on the running.
So in summary, both of our lads seem to have a royal chance of success. Go well boys!
Posted: Thu 12 Jul 2018