Sanderson to make a play at championship
Queensland's Adam Sanderson flies into Invercargill tomorrow for the Provincial Drivers' Championship at Ascot Park.
Drivers for the championship were decided by last season's standings. The top two drivers in each province received invitations and if unavailable, were replaced by the next highest ranked in their region. Five of the nine races at Ascot Park tomorrow are for the invited drivers.
Sanderson drove in Southland before moving to Queensland in August to work for trainer Darrel Graham. The ex-Southlander had four drives on the Gold Coast last night and will fly to Christchurch tonight.
He kept up with Southland harness racing on the internet and Sky television.
His championship drives are Cantthinkofaname (Woodlands Stud Sponsors Dexter Dunn Pace), Benihana (Bettor's Delight At Woodlands Stud Provincial Drivers), Billy Ray (Pegasus Spur At Woodlands Stud Trot), Cherokee Charlie (Woodlands Stud Sponsors Tony Herlihy Pace) and Sachin Arden (American Ideal At Woodlands Stud Pace).
Sanderson has picked up another drive on the programme - Robs Ideal (American Ideal At Woodlands Stud Special Handicap).
He drove Billy Ray to win when working for the gelding's Invercargill trainer, Wayne Adams.
''I know the horse and he's been racing well, Sanderson said of Billy Ray.
''Cherokee Charlie's been plagued by bad draws. He's going good races but just needs a bit of luck.''
Going into last night's Gold Coast meeting, Sanderson had driven 29 winners since September 1.
''I'm really happy with the way things have worked out, I've just bought a new car,'' said Sanderson, who is driving at five or six meetings a week.
He has taken out a trainer's licence to work one of his own horses. He starts work in Graham's stable at 5.30am most days.
- The Southland Times