Jaccka into the record books
Beach-trained trotter Jess Jaccka broke the New Zealand mares' standing start record for 2400m at Wyndham yesterday.
She ran 3min 1.9sec to lower the previous best by 1.9sec, set by Solar Fire at Ashburton in 1998. Gold's national entires and geldings' record of 3:2.2 was posted at Kaikoura in 2002.
Jess Jaccka yesterday joined her brother Jaccka Jack as a track record holder at Wyndham's Young Quinn Raceway.
She carved 2.5sec off the trotters' open track record in the Rodgers Garage Ltd Trot. Ants set the previous mark in 2009.
Jonny Cox trains Jess Jaccka at Westwood Beach for Riversdale owner-breeders Charlie and Ailsa Smaill. Jaccka Jack, also owned by the Smaills, posted the Wyndham 3-year-old trotters' record of 3:6.6 in 2009.
''I knew we were going along, but didn't think we were going that quick,'' Cox said after Jess Jaccka's win.
Jess Jaccka (five wins) and her brothers Jaccka Jack (12 wins) and Jaccka Justy (seven wins) are out of unqualified mare Janine Jaccka. Jaccka Justy returns to training next week after a wind operation, while Jaccka Jack is recovering from a hip problem and won't resume work until late April.
Two trotters, Veruca and Reunite, are newcomers to Cox's stable, with the latter joining the team after finishing seventh at Forbury Park on Thursday night.
A lightning fast track and hot temperatures paved the way for Seabreeze Star to win the Kiwi Ingenuity Southern Belle Speed Series Heat in Southland record time of 1:54 (one mile).
It erased Le Sol's Wyndham all-comers' record of 1:54.3 and Nuclear Byrd and Ohoka Texas's Southland mark of 1:54.1 (both at Winton).
Wyndham reinsman Gordon Lee drove Seabreeze Star for West Melton trainer Malcolm Shinn.
Kate De Goldie, successful in the Willy's Flooring Pace, has shown rapid improvement in recent weeks.
Leithfield Beach trainer-driver Robbie Holmes prepares the granddaughter of Auckland Cup winner Kate's First for his wife, Carla Robertson-Holmes, who bred the 3-year-old Bettor's Delight filly.
''She didn't show anything until a month ago,'' Robertson-Holmes said.
Hope for Kate De Goldie's racing career grew after she qualified in fast time at Ashburton on January 9. She was favourite yesterday and only got up in the last stride to win by a nose in 2min 59.9sec (2400m mobile).
''I asked her (to quicken at 250m), but the response wasn't instant,'' Robbie Holmes said.
''There's improvement in her.''
Robertson-Holmes raced Kate's Rocket, the dam of Kate De Goldie, from her husband's stable. She won twice in a six-start race career interrupted by two bowed tends.
Kate De Goldie is the result of an embryo transfer, from Kate's Rocket to surrogate mare Skye Boat Song (a maiden trotter). Robertson-Holmes used the embryo transfer plan because it allowed her to continue racing Kate's Rocket without breeding issues.
The Southland Oaks at Ascot Park on April 27 is a target for Kate De Goldie. A virus caused stablemate Smiling Star to race below his best in the Pelorous Classic at Blenheim on January 13.
Liam Sienna returned from a three-month break to win the Marshall's Garage Ltd Pace.
During his time away from racing, Liam Sienna was gelded by trainer Hamish Hunter. His main mission is the Southern Supremacy Stakes at Ascot Park on April 27.
Stablemate Franco Ledger leaves in a fortnight for the Auckland Cup meeting. He will race at Alexandra Park on March 1 and 8 (Auckland Cup).
Christian Ruler, who won six races from Hunter's Ryal Bush stable, has been sold and left last week for racing in Victoria.
Ashburton trainer Laurence Hanrahan will leave Fiery Del in the care of Winton horseman Allan Beck for the Winton meeting on Friday. Fiery Del notched his sixth win from 10 starts when scoring in yesterday's MLT/Pioneer Tavern Edendale Pace.
Parisology's win at long odds in the Woodlands Motors Ltd Pace did not surprise trainer Andrew Armour.
''She's been having a lot of bad luck in the running. Today, she got the run to suit,'' Armour said.
''Rory (McIlwrick) drove her well, had her in the right place at the right time.''
Meanwhile, Bootie Bromac broke the 2-year-old fillies' track record for 1609m (mobile) in the non-totalizator Southland Standardbred Breeders' Association Pace.
The Kirk Larsen-trained and driven Bootie Bromac ran 1:56.8, which was 1.7sec inside River Valley Queen's previous best in 2002.
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