Louie Finn puts stable into double figures

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Louie Finn’s win in the C1 Phil Burrows Owns A Chevron Quality Car Pace at Addington on Friday, October 30, brought up the 10th seasonal win for the Mark Jones stable.

Louie Finn wouldn’t be denied after driver Blair Orange found a perfect one-one sit for the Grinfromeartoear gelding two races earlier.

Blair Orange, successful with Louie Finn at Addington on Chevron Cars racenight.

Blair Orange, successful with Louie Finn at Addington on Chevron Cars racenight.

The 4YO rallied best to hold Romanite and Franco Sanchez, with pacemaking favourite Media Queen, being swamped to finish fourth.

Louie Finn, recording his second win in six starts this season, is co-raced by Peter George, Grant Smith and Wayne Higgs.

He credited Peter George with his first win as an owner when beating Franco Exeter at Addington, first-up for the new term, on September 4.

Grant Smith previously co-raced the useful Lis Mara winner Seven Point One (1:56.1), six wins from 38 starts for $50,203, while Wayne Higgs has been a successul owner trainer and driver, but has most of his horses prepared by Mark Jones these days.

Louie Finn, bred by Finnash Bloodstock, was an $11,000 buy at the 2013 NZ Premier Yearling Sales.

He’s the first foal from Miss C S D, a Christian Cullen mare who won once at two and ran third in Lady Waratah’s 2005 Australasian Breeders Crown 2YO Fillies Final at Cranbourne, Victoria, for Ashburton trainer Laurence Hanrahan.

Lightly-raced having only nine starts, Miss C S D is from a good 1:58.5 Australian mare in Ladybird (by Panorama), who won 14 races, including five at Harold Park, earning $109,030.

Deans Special, a former Bendigo Cup and dual Victorian Italian Cup winner, is another good winner from the family, winning 27 races and earning $106,853.

Trainer Mark Jones was looking to move to 11 wins for the season after getting away with a sedate middle half with Northern Velocity in the four-horse $16,940 Alabar Sires Stakes Fillies Heat but she came up slightly short, despite a leaders final 400m in 26.9s.

Northern Velocity, first-up since May, was outfinished late by the Mark Purdon/Natalie Rasmussen-trained Piccadilly Princess (trail), who steamed along the passing lane to score by half a length, with two-win filly Scarlett Banner edging a head past Northern Velocity for second.