Malcolmson's bitter-sweet double

TAYLER STRONG IN DUNEDIN
Last updated 05:00 01/02/2014
Ali Malcolmson
TAYLER STRONG
HORSEMAN: Ali Malcolmson

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Ali Malcolmson drove two winners on his home track at Forbury Park on Thursday night but the occasion was tinged with sadness for the veteran horseman.

''It was great to win but sad to be going home without Doreen there to share the moment,'' Malcolmson said.

Doreen, his wife of 49 years, died three months ago.

Ali Malcolmson, 75, had his previous win as a trainer-driver with Space Ace at Gore in December 2012.

He shared some wonderful moments with Doreen, among them training Vita Man to win the 1982 Ashburton Flying Stakes; eight wins with the trotter Our One in the 1980s and a driving success in the 1991 NZ Kindergarten Stakes at Wyndham with Rarest for Ryal Bush trainers Allan Devery and Henry Skinner.

Malcolmson trained and drove three winners, Proud Princess, Crystal Adios and Mac's Hope (dead-heat) at Forbury Park in April, 1987.

Malcolmson has won close on 400 races as a reinsman and over 300 as a trainer since his first success in December, 1968 with the trotter Pleasure Girl on the grass at Invercargill.

He drove the trotters French Desire and Feather Boyz to win on Thursday night, rating them in front. He is the owner and trainer of French Desire, an 8-year-old mare who has won twice from nine starts. Malcolmson leased her as an unqualified rising 7-year-old from the estate of veterinarian Jim Murray and won first up with the daughter of Britewell - Bouquet d'Etoile at Forbury Park in November, 2012.

He had seen potential in French Desire when Murray had her at a Forbury Park workout that year. Malcolmson had also driven her half-sister, Superstaragogo in four of her eight wins for Tapanui trainer Alan Shaw.

Feather Boyz, who cleared maiden ranks, is prepared by fellow Tomahawk (a seaside suburb) trainer Eian Lamb for Dunedin breeder Eric Dasler. Flying Feathers, the dam of Feather Boyz (by Brylin Boyz), won a race at Ascot Park for Mr Dasler in 2000 when trained by Lauren Pearson at Winton.

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- The Southland Times

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