Jones success in the west: Lauren's work ethic being rewarded
DROPPING by for a week to attend the wedding of Chantal Turpin and Pete McMullen was former Lockyer Waters lass, Lauren Jones.
She made a good decision when she opted to apply for a job with leading trainer, Garry Hall Snr's Perth-based operation.
First impressions are the strongest it seems, and the no-nonsense work ethic convinced "Senior'' that here was someone worth encouraging with a view to the not too distant future.
Drives were quick to come. The past eight months have yielded more than 20 wins.
Vapour, a gelded son of Jeremes Jet and the Christian Cullen mare Enjoy, has provided four of these wins. Others have included Our Arlington and Jaccka Felix.
It won't be long before the lightweight reinswoman is back in the land of the black swans, handling the expensive stock which finds its way from New Zealand to the Hall stable.
A FURTHER addition to the last season stats is Amy Rees, who hails from Peak Crossing.
Rees went round on 199 occasions for 13 wins, 40 places and $56,074 in prizemoney.
With an eye on a good job and a secure future, Rees will commence a psychology degree course at Griffith University in the new academic year.
She will continue to devote plenty of time to trotting, hoping to outdrive her concession claim before it expires. She also hopes to train some winners in her own name.
Well known for following trainers' instructions, Rees picks the best horse she has driven to date to be Deano Robyn which featured in the recent "State Of Origin'' series for young drivers.
With 2013/14 now behind us, Rees is on the board early in the new season with wins on Macs Choice and Jayronray.
If she maintains that strike rate this could be a 25 win effort coming up. We hope so.
WHAT is commonplace for our superstars in trotting today is a rare treat for the hobbyist.
Jenny Halliday, who has battled severe illness for longer than you can remember, had a little bit of joy last Monday when she trained both Melton Bonover and Mister Attitude to win at Albion Park.
Nathan Dawson had both drives and was suitably impressed with the result.
In what was a good week, Halliday scored another double at the Redcliffe Thursday meeting with Blessed Is The Boy trained by John McMullen and Cruisin Luxury, trained by himself.
PETE McMullen, a young man always in a hurry, seems certain to set a new speed record in the near future.
That will be when he becomes the youngest and fastest driver to reach a total of 1000 winners lifetime.
Currently sitting on 968 victories and with 18 months in hand, McMullen needs 32 more to wrest the title from Amanda Turnbull of NSW.
Half a century back, when this writer was a regular attendee at Harold Park, most of the recognised star drivers of the day had amassed lifetime figures which were not within a bulls roar of the magic thousand.
Nor, for that matter, would the bulk of them given such an achievement any great consideration as a career goal.
MARBURG races next Saturday in conjunction with the Black Snake Creek Festival.
Pick up a free ticket at the Marburg Pacing Association stand.
Unofficial trials will be held today with the education segment to go at 8am.
The Annual General meeting of the Marburg Pacing Association will be held after the trials on Sunday, October 19.
If you wish to be on the Marburg committee, you should contact Greg Cumberland for a nomination form. Visit: firstname.lastname@example.org
SELECTIONS for Albion Park tonight: R1 - E/w 2: Horace Foxley (P. Greig). R2: Quinella 2-5: Floyd Mayweather (P. Greig) and Deano Robyn (G. Dixon). R3: Box trifecta 1-5-7: Harrys Day Out (G. Dixon)-Schindler (S. Graham)-My Mate Stride (N/A). R4: E/w 4: Stirling William (M. Neilson). R5: Box trifecta 2-3-4: Screaman Seaman (G. Dixon)-Chal Fire (Kelli Dawson)-Ideal Tact (Trent Dawson). R6: E/w 1: Nonno Stride (M. Neilson). R7: E/w 1: Place Your Bet (B. Cowen). R8: E/w 1: Just A Bit Coco (D. Lee). R10: No 4: Major Joy (M. Neilson).
UP and coming driver Nathan Dawson posted four wins. His boss John McMullen was top trainer, scoring on three occasions.
Albion Park, September 26: Montana Falcon (Brittany Graham for Darrel Graham); Alta Antonio (Matt Elkins for Greg Elkins).
Albion Park, September 27: Supabet (Pete for Chantal Turpin); LeBron (Pete for Brian McCall).
Albion Park, September 29: Coralie Joy (Adam Sanderson for Darrel Graham); Melton Bonover Nathan Dawson for Jenny Halliday); Mister Attitude (Nathan Dawson for Jenny Halliday).
Albion Park, September 30: Artzone (Trent Dawson for Geoff Dawson); My Man Dan (Chantal Turpin); Andriamo El Ferrari (Narissa for John McMullen).
Redcliffe, October 2: Blessed Is The Boy (Nathan Dawson for John McMullen); Lady Royal Sue (Narissa for John McMullen); Cruisin Luxury (Nathan Dawson).