Wilson delighted with victory
Brisbane part-owner Jeff Wilson got a thrill out of being on course for Cyclone Kiwi's win at Ascot Park on Saturday.
Winning in track record time added to the trip for Wilson and others in the Cyclone Kiwi Syndicate. They will be back at the Invercargill track on Sunday to watch the North Canterbury pacer compete in the Southern Supremacy Stakes.
''I hope my luck continues back home . . . I've got an open home today,'' said Wilson, who is retiring on June 30 and moving to Timaru. He is a sales representative dealing in First Aid supplies.
Wilson signed up with the syndicate two and a-half years ago after Temuka trainer Peter Wallace introduced him to Cyclone Kiwi's Leithfield Beach trainer, Robbie Holmes. Wallace was working for Holmes at the time.
Wilson wanted to join a New Zealand harness racing syndicate and his son, Vaughan, knew Wallace through selling him horse feed.
''I was in galloping syndicates that were coming to an end in Brisbane,'' Jeff Wilson said.
Wilson, who moved from Oamaru to Brisbane 17 years ago, is staying with his son in Timaru this week before returning south for Sunday's big raceday.
''It's great to have a horse like him [Cyclone Kiwi] . . . he's a good bastard.''
Cyclone Kiwi has raced four times for three wins and a second.
Meanwhile, Edendale trainer Craig Laurenson had a bad start to Saturday when the clutch of his horse truck blew out. He soon sourced transport for his three horses racing at Ascot Park.
Laurenson's partner, Kathryn Elliot, drove owner Ray Cooney's farm truck and double trailer float to transport Another Crusher and Hope And Pray to Ascot Park. Balclutha owner Ian Bennett brought his float to take his filly Land Patrol to the meeting.
Elliot was the first to leave for Ascot Park because Another Crusher and Hope And Pray were in the first race. Another Crusher, owned by Mr Cooney, won the Polarcold Stores Ltd Trot, while Hope And Pray finished last.
Craig Laurenson travelled with Mr Bennett and Land Patrol and heard the commentary of Another Crusher's win on the radio between Woodlands and Kennington. Land Patrol broke and lost her chance early in the Caduceus Club of Southland 2-Year-Old Fillies' Classic.
Mokosun, a maiden trot winner for Laurenson at Gore in December, has been bought by Art Shirley, of Invercargill, and is in work with Oamaru trainer Phil Williamson.
Ten-year-old Suncrusher, who won six races for Laurenson, is out of retirement and being jogged up by Wyndham trainer Brendon McLellan. Suncrusher will resume racing as a C2 trotter.