DJ the voice, spirit of Marburg racing
THE question of the week: Who thanks Dean Jones?
Everyone, participants and fans, who attend Saturday morning jump outs, official trials and race meetings at Marburg knows the voice of Dean Jones.
Crisp and accurate commentary plus an extensive knowledge of horses, trainers and drivers, particularly the local flock, are his trademarks.
This year, the 37 year old reaches the quarter century of calling at the showground.
Are you doing your maths on this one?
Yes, you are right. Jones commenced calling at the tender age of 12.
Raised in a family with strong racing ties, having a grandfather who raced gallopers with success, a father who loved the Rocklea scene and brother Brad who was a bookie at the same venue, Dean showed an interest in the calling business as early as eight or nine. He pushed coloured cards of motor cars along the lounge room floor, describing their progress to the family.
Pre-teens, the lad would accompany dad and Brad to the "Rock" where he would stand under the broadcast box of the talented Rod Hill and call the race as well.
It was not long before Hill took Jones under his wing and tutored him in the calling of trials etc.
Just six months had passed when Jones was "head hunted" by Trevor Perrin and the late Ernie Anforth for duties at Mar- burg. He is there to this day.
Off track, Jones has had a permanent position on the studio team at Radio TAB spanning the past decade.
On the strength of impressions left when he did a two-week stint of work experience at the station while at school, Jones was an easy choice.
In addition to Marburg, Jones is a regular race caller at the dogs including Ipswich.
His short-term ambitions include a larger slice of the trots calling duties.
In his own words: "Dogs are great, but trots are the core passion!''
Some ownership of pacers has occurred along the way, with Magico, Wrong Way Go Back and the injury plagued Costa all doing their bit.
Jones currently races Victory in partnership with his sister.
He has a promising 2yo bred by Artistic Fella from the honest mare Still To Come.
Why wouldn't we be thankful to have Dean Jones? He is not only the voice of Marburg, but the spirit as well.
NOW and then a locally trained horse catches the eye with improving performances.
One of these is the Steve Bunz trained Real Social NZ.
Oddly enough, the gelded son of D M Dillinger and Socialiser is based at Purga rather than the ever-fruitful lower Brisbane Valley.
Breeding a horse like Real Social is a task best left to kiwis, as Socialiser is the first 100% producer in the family. As these were produced in 2009 and 2011 respectively, and both were gelded it looks like the end of the road for that limb of the family tree.
Real Social's female line however, boasts four super stallions beginning in 1978 with the Flying Song mare Enna Gee, dam of the best earner in the family, Panyan (1978) who collected $176,731 in his 89 start career. This would equate to "mega bucks" today.
Successive mums have been by Bachelor Hanover, Lordship and Holmes Hanover, with Socialiser herself being by DM Dillinger, all of whom have added very positive genes to the pool.
Real Social has 47 starts for 10 wins (last three on end) and 12 placings with a best mile rate of 1-59.3 and a bank of $47,986.
Usually driven By Nathan Dawson, Real Social is on the rainbow with every chance of climbing fairly high.
HERE'S another link for you. This is a short explanation why new owner (2011), Jeff Gural was able to turn the "white elephant" of "The Meadowlands" USA, from a guaranteed loss to a solid profit in a fairly short time.
Check out: Bill Finley: It's the product, stupid.
SELECTIONS for Albion Park tonight.
R1: Quinella 2-8: Days End (Mark Dux) and Monarkmac (T. Dixon).
R2: Quinella 1-8: Strawbs Ideal Act (G. Dixon) and Purple Royale (M. Elkins).
R3: Quinella 1-3: Supaliner (B. Graham) and Always Prompt (M. Neilson).
R4: Quinella 8-9: Annika Magic (M. Elkins) and Real Social (N. Dawson).
R5: E/w 3: Destreos (K. Dawson).
R6: Quinella 108: The Duke Downunder (S. Doherty) and Its Bettor Me (M. Neilson).
R7: Box trifecta 2-4-5: Colt Thirty One (G. Dixon)-I Found The Beach (C. Petroff)-Dats Good (G. Whitaker).
R8: Box trifecta 1-8-11: Scorched (D. Lee)-Love The Moment (M. Neilson)-His Bluffen (T. Dixon).
R9: E/w 3: Comigal (C. Petroff).
R10: Quinella 3-5: Alta surreal (M. Neilson) and Yankee Strutter (T. Lambourn).
The leader board is blessed with dead heats again. Triples this time and on both sides with Nathan Dawson, Brittany Graham and Narissa McMullen sharing the driving honours on three wins apiece. Individual trainers could not manage more than two winners for the week, with Ron Sallis, John McMullen and Darrell Graham level pegging in the top spot. The most pleasing is seeing the money well spread.
Albion Park, February 24: Cheers Kathy (Brittany Graham for Darrell Graham); The Next Star (Brittany Graham); Jazzy Artist (Danielle McMullen for Ryan Veivers); Princess Jessica (Nathan Dawson for Doug Lee); Mad Gambler (Brittany Graham for Debbie Rodney); Comply Or Die (Chris Petroff for Ron Sallis).
Albion Park, February 25: Starzzz Of Icon (Tent Dawson for Melissa Gillies); Teo Enteo (Gary Whitaker for Trevor Lambourn).
Redcliffe, March 1: Win Or Die (Nathan Dawson for Gary Vernon); Washingtons Flier (Lachie Manzelmann for Ron Sallis); Judah Ben Hur (Leonard Cain for Ken Belford).
Redcliffe, March 2: Miraclesdoappen (Kelli Dawson for Ray Law); Rowdys Ace ( Narissa McMullen); Flashing Good Time (Narissa McMullen for John McMullen); Colada Rainbow (Narissa McMullen for John McMullen); Im Johnny Jet (Darrell Graham).