Jess achieving top milestones

LIFE is a series of milestones of varying importance.

Twenty-one year old Jess Capewell, currently studying at Gatton for a vet nurse qualification, passed two such markers recently.

Raised around quarter horses from an early age on her parents' breeding farm, Jess commenced her association with harness in a two year stint as a stablehand for Phil Mitchell.

The last three years she has been associated with Glenn Walsh, and it was here that she began to drive track work on Bonjour Belle.

Twelve months back, a trials licence came into play, and Jess went round on the likes of Wheres The Limit and Aviators Dream.

Thanks to the Weidemann girls, Julie and Lola, additional experience was gained with Mr Armageddon, Irish Town Babe and The Prestige, gaining her country licence in the first week of August.

The first milestone had already been passed when Jess turned out Aviators Dream to win on the grass at Kilcoy with mentor Glenn Walsh in the sulky.

Up there with the big frogs at last, two runs on the grass at Kilcoy and Warwick paved the way for a tidy "never to be forgotten'' first win with stable rep Aviators Dream at Marburg last Saturday.

Currently, the trainer/ driver strike rate sits at 30%.

Her ambitions are to have a lot of fun training and driving winners.

The best horse Jess has seen is Destreos.

"It would have been Le Bron, but the wretch kicked me during my time with Phil Mitchell,'' she said.

She is proud to be the product of input from four people - Phil Mitchell, Glenn Walsh, and Lola and Julie Weidemann.

Jess's parting quote: " I would not have had that winner If I had not had Marburg".

Jessie Capewell has a very modest estimate of her abilities. She may surprise herself and go a good bit further in harness than she thinks.

Family affair

TAKING a leaf from the book of trainer Kenny Rattray, Fernvale area trainers Melissa Gillies and her father Geoff Dawson are making the trip to TABCORP Park Menangle tonight accompanied by their in-form pacers Beaver and Gallymont Sport.

Due to a lack of metropolitan (national threshold $15,000) prize money in Brisbane, both horses are going round in M0 class races.

Both trainers are hopeful of success. Among their opposition are familiar Albion Park performers Franco Nepia, Magic Oats, Bennys Ace, Deano Robyn, Chal Fire, Blazing Terror and Applause.

It is a real family affair with the duo stabled at Melissa's uncle, Noel Morris's property just outside the track.

Brother Trent Dawson, who is on fire here at the moment, will be down to do the driving.

Diary note

ONE for the "must attend if possible' basket is the industry meeting, which will be held at Albion Park on Monday.

The meeting is scheduled with a 12.15pm arrival for a 12.30pm start with Albion Park chairman David Fowler as moderator.

Guest speakers will be Ross Barnett (Racing Integrity Commissioner), Greg Mitchell (chairman of the embryo Yatala Harness Racing Club), Andrew Kelly (CEO Harness Racing Australia) and Dr. Eliot Forbes (CEO of Racing Queensland).

Questions will be taken from the floor at the end of the meeting.

Mitchell was interviewed by commentator Chris Barsby on Radio TAB last Thursday morning. The subject matter was the state of play at Yatala.

Mitchell, although skirting an oblique reference to proprietary racing, is never one to mince matters, describing himself as having the choice of picking up the shovel or walking away.

He chose the shovel, and said his address on Monday will bring people involved in the sport up to speed on the project.

"The policy of the Yatala Club is to be open and transparent all the way", Mitchell said, and the mission was "to build a facility to drive the sport into the future".

He said that people who did not support the "mission" did not have the sport at heart.

Handy tips

SELECTIONS for Albion Park tonight.

R1: Box trifecta 2-3-11: Newmerella Fella (K. Dawson)-Bettabe Perfect (C. Turpin)-Majors Blue Jean (J. Ponsonby).

R2: Box trifecta 1-5-6: Tightrope (G. Dixon)-Buy Chevron Direct (P. McMullen)-Purple Royale (M. Elkins).

R3: Box trifecta 1-2-8: Murano (N. McMullen)- Mafuta Vautin (D. Graham)- Shareapassion (P. McMullen).

R4: Box trifecta 1-4-8: Broadway Playboy (D. Graham)-Bio Marinus (G. Dixon)-Ohoka Colorado (S. Graham).

R5: Box trifecta 1-6-8: Major Kiwi (I.Ross)- Glengowan (T. Lambourn)- Ardle McArdle (A. Rees).

R6: Quinella 2-8: Karloo Kix (B. Cockburn) and Ask Me Mach (S. Graham).

R7: Box trifecta 1-2-9: Epirus Boy (A. Rees)-Comply Or Die (N. McMullen)-Smokin Bird (S. Graham).

R8: E/w 8: Goodtime Stride (R. Gorman).

R9: Quinella 2-4: Lucia Bromac (N. McMullen) and Sicilian Slumber (P. McMullen).

R10: Quinella 1-8: Major Montana (D. Graham) and Slipaslygrin (D. Chalk).

Honour board

THE leaderboard lights up. Star billing this week in the driving ranks was Nathan Dawson, home in first place on five occasions. Ever consistent Chantal Turpin turned out a solid four winners from the home barn. The most pleasing effort was Jessie Capewell's first winner - trained and driven.

Albion Park, September 16: Swarovski (Kelli Dawson for Ray Law); Wee Jimmy (Amy Rees for Mick Butler); Rakarebel (Nathan Dawson); Compton Street (Hayden Barnes for Chantal Turpin); No Confession (Adam Richardson for Tayla Gillespie).

Albion Park, September 17: Bells Beach House (Pete for Chantal Turpin); Horace Foxley (Pete for Tahn Camilleri); Run Fatboy Run (Pete for Chantal Turpin); Fascinator (Narissa McMullen for Steven Cini); Epirus Boy (Amy Rees for Mick Butler); Royal Jacquard (Nathan Dawson for Greg Elkins); Washingtons Flier (Pete for Ron Sallis).

Marburg, September 17: Pure Madness (Justin Pascoe); Amys Whisper (Adam Richardson for Amy Rees); Domestic Art (Hayden Barnes for Wayne Davis); Raesawinner (Nathan Dawson for Ron Sallis); Aviators Dream (Jess Capewell).

Albion Park, September 20: I'm The Golden Child (Barty Cockburn); Corey ODonohue (Narissa McMullen for Ron Sallis); Quaint Glen (Mathew Neilson for Barty Cockburn); Highview Sadler (Nathan Dawson for Narissa McMullen).

Redcliffe, September 21: Major Montana (Brittany Graham for Darrell Graham); Blucolla Moon (Pete for Chantal Turpin); Sneaky Catch (Trent Dawson); Rib And Roll (Dan Russell).

Redcliffe, September 22: Cheers Kathy (Darrell Graham); Ideal Romance (Nathan Dawson for Steven Bunz); Bukthesystem (Clint Sneddon for Dudley Warburton); Fui Fui (Nathan Dawson for Peter Jones); Blissful Infidelity (Matt Elkins for Mal Charlton).

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