Great staff effort the key to massive weekend for the stable
In terms of wins alone, the weekend has been an incredible result for our stable with 11 victories over four meetings. However, the real success of our weekend has been the massive contribution by all of our staff who have made their contribution to help achieve the results that we have.
With Group Racing at Alexandra Park on Friday night and then the Miracle Mile last night in Sydney, Robert and John were totally reliant on their support staff at Westport - Friday and Reefton - Sunday. Well served by our drivers over the two days - Tim Williams (3 wins - Prodigal Guinness, Anamajor and Styx Kiwi), Glenys Chmiel (2 wins - both with Kensington Bill) and Gavin Smith (1 win - Rocknroll King), the coast team would not have got the results that they did if it wasn't for the brilliant work of Devon and Bryce in looking after them.
It was Peter Ferguson who has done such a superb job with our northern team this season especially, that secured the two wins at Alexandra Park on Friday, both on supposed second-stringers (You Really Got Me and Woodstone) that completed a five win Friday.
Following on from his successful Friday, Tim then headed down to Invercargill to drive three runners for three wins, including two of the day's features - Henry Hubert and Pres Da Belle. Bob Butt (Shanika - Southland/Alabar Fillies Classic) and Blair Orange (Classie Brigade - Northern Southland Cup) both produced seconds in the Group Three features with stable runners. Once again though, none of that would have been possible were it not for the efforts of Craig Edmonds and Jacob Dunn who put the finishing touches on the team for Southland's big day.
It would be amiss to not mention the staff that have been at home at our respective Woodend and Pukekohe stables. These guys often get forgotten, but you all rock also and it is what you have done over the last few days especially that will help prepare next week's racing team to hopefully continue this dream run that we are experiencing.
To our owners, thank you! Without you guys we wouldn't be able to do what we do. We are so lucky to have some magnificent owners, many of whom seem to have been with us forever.
While we didn't get the victory that we hoped for last night at Menangle in the Miracle Mile, what a special occasion it was for John driving Bettors Heart in his first drive in the race and also for Jenna and Robert in their capacity as part-owners of Alta Orlando which did them proud with his big run for third.
After this weekend, Robert has now trained 75 winners for the season and has assumed a 10 win lead in the premiership.
Photo Credit: Bruce Stewart and Southern Harness
Posted: Sun 08 Mar 2020