Williams in form for Addington

TOO GOOD: Billy Ray (Tim Williams) has the Clearwater Contracting Handicap in safekeeping at Wyndham yesterday.
TOO GOOD: Billy Ray (Tim Williams) has the Clearwater Contracting Handicap in safekeeping at Wyndham yesterday.

Tim Williams will make a fleeting visit to Christchurch to drive his father's horse, Kabet, at Addington on Friday.

Kabet qualified for the final of a maiden graduation series by running second at Rangiora on Thursday. Robert Dunn trains the Bettor's Delight filly at Woodend Beach.

Williams worked for Dunn before taking up the stable driver's position in Wayne Adams's Invercargill stable in September. Yesterday, Williams and Adams won with Billy Ray in the Clearwater Contracting Handicap Trot at Wyndham.

Nancy Swain is the owner-breeder of Billy Ray, whose record stands at five wins, six seconds, four thirds and $30,480 from 22 starts. Plans for the Continentalman 6-year-old are uncertain, but he will not race on the second day of the Wyndham spring meeting on Sunday.

Larix, who ran second to Billy Ray, will either return to Wyndham next weekend or race at Addington on Friday.

Shane Walkinshaw yesterday drove two winners for his boss, Hamish Hunter, who is in Christchurch preparing Franco Ledger for tomorrow's $600,000 New Zealand Cup at Addington.

Walkinshaw was in charge of Hunter's seven-horse team at Wyndham. Hunter-trained Minstrel Boy emulated his half-brother Canardly Lover by winning his first totalisator start yesterday.

The 3-year-old Art Major gelding, Minstrel Boy, scored by two lengths in the Matai Farm Park.

''He doesn't know much but once he learns, he's going to be good,'' Walkinshaw said.

Minstrel Boy is raced by Graham and Jill Cooney and Vin and Jan Nally, of Invercargill, Caryn Nash, of Dunedin, and the Centaurus Syndicate, whose members are Graham Cooney, his sons Tom, of Melbourne, and Dan, of Tauranga, David Hall, of Invercargill, Paul Cable, of Wellington, John Simpson, Rod McKenzie, Todd Schmidt and Nathan Simon, of Christchurch, and Anthony Boocock, of Korea.

Most of Minstrel Boy's owners race the Hunter-trained Canardly Lover, who is racing at Addington tomorrow.

Hunter landed a quinella when Beaudiene Beyonce and Lamar Fike, finished first and second, respectively, in yesterday's Panspacificflight@Macca Lodge 3-Year-Old Pace.

The Southland Times