28th December 2020
Jannah Jaccka continued the Jaccka legacy, winning her first race on the grass at Gore yesterday.
The four year old Muscle Hill mare is the first foal out of the talented but lightly raced Jocy Jaccka whose dam Janine Jaccka began the impressive run Charlie and Alisa Smaill have had with the trotters they’ve bred from this family.
Jannah Jaccka (2) winning her first race – Photo Bruce Stewart
Just four seconds into the race Jannah Jaccka was taken to the lead by regular pilot Brent Barclay. She held on to beat favourite Shandon Bells by a nose, with Whangamata a neck back in third.
Back to the winners plate with driver Brent Barclay – Photo Bruce Stewart
Winning connections – Photo Bruce Stewart
Ideal Robyn scored at long odds in the second race for local trainers Ross and Chris Wilson. The four year old American Ideal gelding’s formline was poor but her trainers were confident of a more positive showing, with Ross picking the horse in the Southern Harness website’s ‘Drive with Five.’
Driven by Matty Williamson, Ideal Robyn made a sweeping run to get close to the front, turning in in the long Gore straight. She cleared out to win by five and a half lengths, bringing in a winning dividend of $19.80.
Ideal Robyn winning for Matty Williamson – Photo Bruce Stewart
Playboy’s Brother, a ten race winner having his first start in just over a year, proved age was no barrier. The ten year old having 112th start won the Hokonui Honda/Food Affair Trot by fifteen and a quarter lengths.
Trained by Colin McKay and driven by Brad Williamson, Playboy’s Brother led for most of the trip and broke the trotter’s 2700 metre stand record on grass. The new record of 3-51.5 erased the previous record of 3-54.4 held by Priority dating back to 1974. However Playboy’s Brother held the record for a short time only as it was broken later in the day by Tweedledee.
Playboy’s Brother leading with a lap to run – Photo Bruce Stewart
Way out in front down the straight – Photo Bruce Stewart
A happy finish – Photo Bruce Stewart
The Wilsons notched up a second win in Race Four with Swift Robyn taking out her third race.
The American Ideal mare went straight to the top, driven by junior Kerryn Tomlinson and rated perfectly, winning by five and a quarter lengths.
Swift Robyn is first off the gate – Photo Bruce Stewart
At the finish – Photo Bruce Stewart
Winning connections – Photo Bruce Stewart
The win was hugely satisfying for the Wilson family. Chris is vice-president of the Gore HRC and his father Ross is on the committee.
The Roy Henley Memorial Mobile Pace was won by Templeton visitor and favourite Magic Mike. He came down the middle of the track to win by half a neck from Shards Fury which stuck to the inside.
Magic Mike (13) getting up on the outside – Photo Bruce Stewart
The A Rocknroll Dance four year old has been a consistent performer for Peter and Mitchell Robertson, finishing third five times and second once in eight starts prior to yesterday’s maiden win.
The race was delayed by one race when sadly Scratcher Mitchell had to be put down after injuring a leg.
Carrera Belle trained by Craig Ferguson won the Arden Lodge Fillies and Mares Mobile Pace.
Carrera Belle winning for Craig Ferguson – Photo Bruce Stewart
The Bettor’s Delight mare owned by Michelle Horton came down the centre of the track in the hands of her trainer to win by half a length.
Carrera Belle qualified for Grant Payne at Ashburton in September after earlier being trained by Brendan Hill. She was purchased by Horton in October.
Sponsors and winning connections – Photo Bruce Stewart
The win by Call Me Keith was a special one for the well known Hunter family. Trainer Hamish Hunter and driver Peter Hunter wore black armbands in acknowledgement of their sister who sadly died on Christmas Eve.
Call Me Keith winning for Hamish and Peter Hunter – Photo Bruce Stewart
Returning to the winners plate – Photo Bruce Stewart
The five year old gelding by Washington VC was also bred by Hamish and was well suited by the big and roomy grass track.
Later in the day Gore trainer Tony Stratford quinellaed the Mitre 10 Gore Mobile Pace with Dodgethebullet, beating stablemate Mr Clooney.