David Gregory back training
Mokotua sharemilker David Gregory is back in harness racing after a 19-year break.
Gregory has built a career in the dairy industry and now wants to return to harness racing as a hobby trainer. The four horses he is working at Ascot Park are all trotters - Florrie Bendix (C1), dual-gaited Eddie Boy (maiden), Solar Commando (maiden) and Noble Gamble (unqualified).
Florrie Bendix, unraced since April 2012 when trained by Lindsay Veint, and Eddie Boy, who has not raced since debuting as a trotter (ran 14th) at Forbury Park in December, are likely to begin fresh campaigns in September.
Eddie Boy has had mental issues, but Gregory, the gelding's fifth trainer, can't fault him at present. He won a maiden pacing race by nine and a-half lengths at Oamaru in August 2012.
Gregory is in no hurry to resume racing Solar Commando because he is a big horse and needs time to mature. Solar Commando's three starts were for Timaru trainer Alan Clark, formerly of Mosgiel.
Noble Gamble's great granddam is former open class trotter Waitaki Gamble, who raced against the country's best squaregaiters in the early 1980s, including Sir Castleton, No Response, Scotch Tar and Special Pride.
As a trainer from 1990 to 1995, Gregory's horses raced 14 times, while his previous stint race-driving, from 1988 to 1995 resulted in seven wins. He worked for Wyndham trainer-driver Brendon McLellan during that time.
Gregory drove the Alec Townley-trained Maid Module in her five wins in the early 1990s. She is Gregory's last winner.
- The Southland Times