Cup Week plans confirmed for Deny Everything…

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Cup Week features might be a bridge too far at this stage for exciting Mark Jones Racing prospect Deny Everything – but that doesn’t mean serious consideration wasn’t given to looking toward them. Off the back of the powerful pacer’s fifth consecutive win at Addington on Friday night the son of A Rocknroll Dance shot right into contention for a race like the Junior Free-For-All on Cup Day, but trainer Mark Jones has elected to target another race instead. But the Junior Free-For-All wasn’t the only feature considered. “He would have headed to the New Zealand Cup if it wasn’t …

Stylish Memphis out of the Cup, Australia beckons again…

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The bid for the New Zealand Trotting Cup next month is over for class Mark Jones Racing mare, Stylish Memphis. The winner of close to $500,000 in stake earnings was officially withdrawn from the Cup this week by Jones but he insists the decision not to be there on the second Tuesday in November is more about maintaining the longevity of the daughter of Bettor’s Delight as a race mare than it is anything else. After battling a number of wee issues over the past few weeks, Jones and owner Wayne Higgs made the decision to take the Cup of …

Weekend treble highlighted by hat-trick from Deny Everything…

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A Cup Day assignment is the main aim for exciting Mark Jones Racing product, Deny Everything. The big, robust son of A Rocknroll Dance made it three-from-three for this campaign at Friday night’s premier meeting at Addington with another performance that left a few tongues wagging behind him. And now after a quick burst up the grades, trainer Mark Jones is having to be a little more selective with his latest find and being a part of the action on the second Tuesday in November – down in the lower grades – is the main focus. “That was a massive …

It’s a big step up, but it’s hard to deny his chances…

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There was a time when it was wondered if Deny Everything would ever make it back to the races. A winner of one of his four career starts back in 2019, the ability was there but the body wasn’t. An injury, of which was never fully identified, and a wind operation took the big son of A Rocknroll Dance off the track. “He was sore, but we never found what it was, so we just gave him time,” Mark Jones said. That was almost two years ago, but if the two starts since he returned from that spell are anything …

Leading chances head to Wyndham

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There are some nice targets in sight for later in the season, but right now, it’s one race at a time for promising maiden filly, Monaco Grace. The Woodlands Stud owned and bred two-year-old will have the first start of a new campaign on Thursday at the Gore meeting in Wyndham, setting up for what should hopefully be a profitable time of it in the deep south this season. The daughter of Bettor’s Delight has had just one career start where she finished fourth on debut in the Diamond Creek Farm Classic at Invercargill. Beating her home that day were …

Smart young trotter set to arrive in Australia

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New Zealand’s loss is Australia’s gain this week after an up-and-coming Mark Jones Racing prospect boarded a plane for what will hopefully be richer shores. Maiden trotter, Taimate Sass is due to land in Australia in the next few days and will join the stable of ex-pat Kiwi, Brent Lilley for all of her future racing – some of which, will include chasing some lucrative riches. The two-year-old daughter of Love You raced twice from the Mark Jones barn with an encouraging sixth on debut backed up by an even better second at Oamaru earlier in the month – but …

Racing this week…

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Addington – Friday Race 1: Deny Everything Race 5: Artatac Race 8: Plutonium Lady, Stylish Memphis Motukarara – Sunday Race 1: Taimate Sass Race 3: Hiranya Race 7: Majestic Lavros Race 11: Kowhai Shadow

Nothing ventured, nothing gained…. right?

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Mark Jones has been pondering through the early stages of this week whether he pulled the right rein on Sunday, or not The Mark Jones Racing principal took two of his leading pacers, Stylish Memphis and Plutonium Lady to Oamaru for the Hannon Memorial thinking he’d at least get a good run under the belt as the prepare for upcoming features over the coming months. But as he trekked back to Canterbury on Sunday night, Jones was left to wonder whether a good strong workout at home might have been beneficial for the pair instead. “I may as well of …

She’s back, but don’t expect anything too stylish just yet…

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The lure of gaining some solid race fitness has forced the hand of Mark Jones with classy mare Stylish Memphis. After two trials over the past fortnight, Jones has done about all he can with the former Group One winning mare and now it’s a case of getting out on the track and letting her fitness levels rise through racing – and potentially there could be plenty of it in the coming weeks. The journey begins on Sunday at Oamaru in the Hannon Memorial and while happy to have one of his star performers back at the track, Jones isn’t …

Smart resumption highlights a strong weekend on the track

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It might not have been a winning resumption, but there were still plenty of victories to tick off in the return of Majestic Lavros on Friday night. But what happens next as the preparation towards Cup Week features continues is still very much up in the air for trainer Mark Jones. Last year’s South Bay Trotters’ Cup winner at Kaikoura, produced a standout fresh performance on Friday night to run second to brilliant trotter Sundees Son in the Group Three Ordeal Trotting Cup, surprising even Jones with how good he went considering how much in need of the run the …