Successful season for Phil Williamson

BIG WIN: Monnay (Matthew Williamson) who overcame a 60m handicap to win at Forbury Park on Friday night.
BIG WIN: Monnay (Matthew Williamson) who overcame a 60m handicap to win at Forbury Park on Friday night.

Phil Williamson, the leading New Zealand trainer of trotters, has won races with 23 individual square gaiters this season.

The Oamaru trainer has bettered his individual winners tally of 21 in the 2006-07 season when he won a New Zealand record 46 races for trotters. He took his total of races won for the season to 38 when Galleons Triumph was successful at Rangiora on Sunday.

He won with One Two Kenny and Monnay, who overcame a 60m handicap, at Forbury Park on Friday night.

Monnay, Jag's Invasion and Springbank Sam, have each contributed three wins to the overall tally this season. Monnay is off 60m again at Forbury Park on Thursday and stablemate Miss Pegasus is off 40m.

Galleons Triumph has been nominated for Addington on Friday night. Beyond A Joke and Father Christmas will remain in work for winter racing.

''Monnay is competitive at this time of the year, but he is up against it among the big guns,'' Williamson said.

One Two Kenny will be spelled following the second win in five starts for the 3-year-old filly.

Williamson was reflecting on the success of the family at Forbury Park. Her half brother King Kenny has gained three of his nine wins on that track. The pair are out of One Under Kenny, who was also successful there.

One Under Kenny was out of Frances Jay Bee, who also left One Kenny (three Forbury Park wins) and One Over Kenny (one Forbury Park win). Frances Jay Bee gained two of her six wins at Forbury and her half brothers Raymauwarrhen Sun and Winonesoon won at Forbury. They were out of Lady Afton, an unraced half sister to Dunback Lad, who won at Forbury Park in 1983.

Williamson has either trained or driven most of the winners.

Shortys Desire, a newcomer to the stable of Jonny Cox and Amber Hoffman, has been entered at Forbury Park on Thursday. Shortys Desire, who has not raced since April, has won at Cambridge and Tauranga this season from the Foxton stable of Peter Scaife.

Maximan, winner of the Westport, Reefton and Manawatu Cups this season, is now in the Victoria stable of Andy Gath after changing hands.

The Cups were among five wins in a row for Maximan from the Templeton stable of Jim Curtin in the ownership of Russell Nieper, of Dunedin.

The Armbro Operative-Clifton Beauty gelding had been bought by Nieper in April last year and transferred to Curtin. Maximan had won three races and placed nine times in 14 starts when trained at Edendale by Craig Laurenson for Balclutha breeder, Ian Bennett.

Meanwhile, Shya, winner of the final of the Golden Girls series for C0-C3 mares at Forbury Park on Friday, will now target the Young at Heart series in Canterbury. She has been nominated for the second heat at Addington on Friday night. Franco Revel won the first heat of the series for C1-3 pacers, 5-year-olds and over, at Rangiora on Sunday. The remaining three heats are at Addington with an $11,000 final there on July 25.

The Southland Times