Saveapatrol puts a space on rivals
Grant Hatton, the owner of unbeaten 3-year-old Saveapatrol, has been a client of the Jones family for 20 years.
Saveapatrol, with trainer Mark Jones in the sulky, posted a winning margin of seven and a-quarter lengths in the McKnight and Brown Handicap at Ascot Park on Saturday. The gelding's other two wins have been at Ascot Park on January 17 and Winton on December 22.
Money Hatton got from the sale of Red West, a brother or half brother to San Rafaella (10 NZ wins) and Raging Bull (five wins), was used to buy Saveapatrol last season. The three races Jones has in mind for Saveapatrol are the Caduceus Club of Southland Autumn Futurity at Ascot Park (March 23), New Zealand Derby at Addington (April 5) and Southern Supremacy Stakes at Ascot Park (April 21).
Texas Typ was another winner Jones trained for Hatton.
Horses raced by Hatton from the Christchurch stable of Jones's father, Peter, included Lightspeed (four NZ wins), Lord Phantom (four wins), Dusky Invader and Royal Renegade.
Interestingly, as a teenager Mark Jones worked after school in one of Hatton's three butcher shops in Christchurch.
Jones drove four winners at the Invercargill Cup meeting on Saturday. He also scored an easy win with his stable trotter Juneamy Castleton in the Hecton Products Limited Handicap.
She will be tested against some of the best 3-year-old trotters in the $25,000 Hambletonian Classic at Ashburton on February 9. The $25,000 New Zealand Trotting Oaks at Addington on March 22 and an Australian campaign are being considered for Juneamy Castleton.
Jones gained a driving win behind the Cran Dalgety-trained Flying Anvil in Saturday's $15,000 Nevele R Fillies' Heat. Dalgety was in Melbourne for Bit Of A Legend's second in a heat of the Victoria Derby on Saturday night.
Up and coming trotter Whitney was Jones's fourth winner on the Invercargill Harness Racing Club's Cup Day programme.
Three of Jones's winners - Saveapatrol, Juneamy Castleton and Flying Anvil - broke track records.
Saveapatrol's 3min 25.4sec (2700m stand) is a new 3-year-old colts and geldings' record. Juneamy Castleton lowered a 3-year-old trotting fillies' mark when clocking 3:32.4 (2700m stand), while Flying Anvil trimmed 1.2sec off the 3-year-old fillies' record for 1700m (mobile) when running 2:2.5.
- The Southland Times