Whittaker leads stable charge

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ADDINGTON, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12 R1 JOEY MAGUIRE (9, fr. 1950m mobile) Sam Ottley -“Really pleased with him last week, he ran on strongly. We go back in class but out in draw here. He meets some nice ones and will need luck, but a blowout chance.” R3 RUTHLESS SUCCESS (3, fr. 1950m mobile) Laura McKay, and SAY YOUR PRES (7, fr.) Mark Jones -“Ruthless Success did a wee bit to lead and was run over last time. She’s probably better with a nice bit of cover and running on. An eachway chance. So is SAY YOUR PRES, if she does …

Whittaker out, back next week

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A $20,000 race win may only hinder rather than prosper the future development of quality pacer Whittaker, thus his withdrawal from Addington on Friday night. So mindful of having the horse in the right grade as he prepares for an Australian campaign, trainer Mark Jones, and owner Greg Brodie, who lives on the Gold Coast, have decided to pull the pin and wait for a lesser race instead. “It’s simple, really. Once Greg and I discussed it this week we decided winning a $20,000 race and getting $10,000 for winning it would work against what we are trying to achieve. …

Trip to Invers for Mark

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ADDINGTON, FRIDAY OCTOBER 6 R3 RUTHLESS SUCCESS (5, fr. 2600m stand) Sam Ottley; and SAY YOUR PRES (8, fr.) Colin DeFilippi “Ruthless Success is going well and she tries so hard so filling a place again in this good race would be great. Say Your Pres has more ability of the two but her manners are not as good yet. A talented mare and I was pleased with her Methven trial. Colin will jump on and he should suit her.” ASCOT PARK, SATURDAY OCTOBER 7 R3 BELLE OF BROOKLYN (13, fr. 1700m mobile) Mark Jones -“She’s come up nicely this …

The Bus leads Mark’s Addington charge

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ADDINGTON, Friday Sept 29 R2 – RUTHLESS SUCCESS (15, fr. 2600m stand) Laura McKay – “She has been racing pretty honestly as suaul. Would have been nice to get a front row draw with her in this race and the back row does make it tougher. She will run on better than most.” R4 – JOEY MAGUIRE (11, fr. 2600m mobile) Laura McKay – “He’s been going really good races. A draw would have helped, but in a juniors race quite often a poor draw can become a good one so we’ll take our luck. Capable of finishing top three …

Whittaker back, Eyre I Come to Auckland

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The very talented Whittaker will resume at Addington on Friday night, the first run of the new season for the son of Sportswriter. The three-win pacer is the veteran of just 10 starts, and after the odd minor issue along the way, trainer Mark Jones is confident the now-four-year-old is ready to stand up. Whittaker brilliantly took out a winning double in Southland at the beginning of the year and looked on track for the Derbies, but things didn’t go altogether as planned and he finished his  season with a 10th at Addington back in May. “I’m pleased with how …

Delightful Memphis spelling

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DELIGHTFUL MEMPHIS RELAXING, BETTOR UNDER FIRE SOLD Class filly Delightful Memphis has ended her season and is in Sydney spelling, a well deserved one after two very big seasons at two-and-three. Her three-year-old season culiminated in a fourth placing in last Saturday night’s Queensland Oaks, and she headed south afterward with New South Wales horseman Aaron Goadsby to spell alongside his own filly, Takara Truffle. “Aaron has all the facilties, great paddocks, and she will do well there,” said Mark. “The plan is to give her good break, two-to-three-months, and then bring her back to race at Menangle, picking out …

DELIGHTFUL MEMPHIS can bounce back

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OAKS STILL NOT OUT OF BETTY’S RANGE There’s some bigger things to think of at Albion Park on Saturday night, but for Canterbury trainers Tim Butt and Mark Jones there’s been no shortage of quality entertainment on their trip to the banana state. Butt, who has Field Marshal in rare form and seeking more glory in the Sunshine Sprint this weekend, and Jones, with classy Queensland Oaks chance Delightful Memphis, have both been well looked after, and they concede the chance to attend the Jeff Horn-Manny Pacquiao fight at Suncorp Stadium last Sunday afternoon was a lifetime experience. “It was …

Bettor to fire

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ADDINGTON, JUNE 25 Race 3: BETTOR UNDER FIRE (10, Sam Ottley) stand. 2600m: “He’s racing well. He’ll need to step good from out wide but he looks to have a pretty good show there if he can. He may go out after this. I’d like to spell him and have him back up again next season as he will do a nice job.”


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Delightful Memphis is in good shape for her first Australian start, the $11,500 C2 mobile at Albion Park, Brisbane, on Saturday night (June 17). Mark reports she has come through the travel well, and he is hopeful she will show her good form in her first look at the track this weekend. “She’s well, worked along pretty nicely this morning (Thursday),” said Mark. “When you are not quite sure of the form it is hard to line her up against the opposition. But you’d like to think she’d be more than competitive back in the grade. “We’ll just have to see …

One for Nelson

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Nelson, Fri, June 11 ROCKNROLL NEVIN (Race 7, 2400m stand, John Dunn) “She didn’t run on as much as I’d have liked the first day, but in a tough field. She doesn’t really get much of a drop in class here, either. Hoping for some luck to grab a place.”