From Menangle to Otaki from the couch

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Three wins a long way apart

Mark Jones thought he’d achieved something rather cool when he sat on his couch and watched Sheeza Sport and Majestic Lavros win at Otaki and Wyndham respectively last Sunday.

It was after all, Jones’ second and third winners in the space of about 18 hours, and a special hat-trick at that.

“I don’t know if too many trainers would have won one at Menangle (Whittaker), one at Wyndham, and another at Otaki within a 24-hour period – I’m going to claim it, anyway,” he laughed.

“And I did it all from the couch!”

“One in each island of the country and one in Australia is pretty cool. It was great to get Whittaker into the Chariots, but you know, just as fun to get wins for Kypros Kotzikas and the guys that own Sheeza Sport – all great clients.”

Majestic Lavros is heading in the right direction as the three-year-old trotting classics near, and Jones is of the belief he could even leapfrog stablemate Castlereagh yet, though the latter has the runs on the board.

Sheeza Sport is co-owned by former TAB bookie and Trackside radio announcer Murray Owles, who shares in the fun with family and friends.

Majority owner Robert Higgins was initially in the filly and remains so, Owles and co snapping up a half-share when their yearling sales purchase had to be put down after injuring himself in a paddock accident.

Kypros Kotzikas might have another smart trotter

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