Regan delivers with hot favs

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Burnham reinsman Regan Todd was the punters friend delivering with two hot favourites for the Mark Jones stable at the Waimate and Gore meetings in early December.


The Yaldhurst Hotel sponsored junior driver kept a cool head despite a rocky early run behind $1.40 favourite Jellignite from a wide gate the Woodlands Stud Mobile Pace at the Waimate Trotting Club’s meeting on December 5.

Jellignite was checked after Ragtop Stang went roughly after 100m but the 3YO showed how good he is on his feet by quickly regaining his composure.

After settling back on the outer Jellignite could have baled out when breaking briefly with 800m to run but Regan held the promising 3YO Courage Under Fire gelding togther letting him find his feet again before unleashing wide on the home turn.

Jellignite quickly swept up to the leaders turning for home and the put the issue beyond doubt, racing clear to win by 1 1 /4 lengths in a 2:04.5 mile rate for the 1700m on the grass.

As expected, he had too much speed for his rivals over the leaders final 400m in 27.5s.

Jellignite, who had raced well in the graduation series at Rangiora and Addington in early November, was notching his 2nd win for owner Mrs Pat Campbell, having earlier won a penalty-free 2YO race at Invercargill in May.

Mrs Campbell bred Jellignite from the racewinning Badlands Hanover mare Badjelly the Wytch, a daughter of Wytchwood Spirit, a mare by the former capable Smooth Fella colt Slugger, who won twice and racked up 15 minor placings when prepared by Bruce Negus.

Regan notched his 5th win for the season (his 42nd career win) two days later with an armchair drive behind in-form squaregaiter Gaudeloupe at the Gore Harness Racing Club’s Tuesday meeting on December 7.

Guadeloupe was sent out a $1.70 favourite after winning his previous start at Orari and made a mess of his rivals over the concluding stages.

Despite coming off a 20m handicap over the 2200m, the 4YO Monarchy gelding was much too good after moving up to challenge front-runner Lucky Pat turning for home.

Regan sent Guadeloupe into overdrive in the straight and he cleared out to win by 7 1/4 lengths to win in 2:55 for the journey, the leaders running their last 400m in 29.6s.

The winning double for the Mark Jones Racing Stable runners lifted his training tally for season to 16 wins, advancing him to a clear 7th on the trainers premiership.