New season and a new face
The new season kicks off tomorrow night at headquarters and one of Diamond Racings best kept secrets will hit the track with a his debut drive. Simon Smith is one of St Bedes finest graduates in recent years and joined the Woodend Beach stable with John in September last year. On his first night of driving he gets the steer behind the Westview owned Flashazz in Race Four.
Described by John as coming from a "racing mad family," Simon was always destined to end up in harness racing.
"My grand-dad bred Lyell Creek, while my dad owned the Trotting Derby winner Lotamusucle this year," said Simon.
"So you could say the family has a big interest in harness racing."
John has been impressed with the impression that Simon has made in his first 11 months with him.
"He's a good fella and a hard worker, which is great for us when you consider how hard it is to get workers these days in harness racing."
Simon has had his trials license for about a year, but admits it is a real thrill to get his raceday license for the new season. To get a drive on the first night of the new season is somewhat of a coup for the young man.
"I'm really grateful to Nige and the Westview syndicate for giving me the drive tomorrow night."
An unlucky third last week on the track, Flashazz looks close to winning form. John certainly gave her an eachway chance, along with the stablemate Manly Olsen which he will drive.
When asked what his goals are for the season, Simon said at this stage to drive a winner and to hopefully train one in his name at some stage.
We certainly wish Simon all the very best for his first night on the big stage.
Posted: Thu 01 Aug 2019