Day At The Track

Destiny Jones wins Southern Lights

09:10 AM 11 Mar 2018 NZDT
Comment (...) Tweet Share Email Print
Destiny Jones,Harness racing
Destiny Jones after winning at Ascot park
Photo Bruce Stewart

Dean Hunter has only been living in Canterbury for the last month having relocated to the garden city from Blenheim and today's win by Destiny Jones in the Pryde's Easifeeds Southern Lights was his first from his new barn at Russley.

In today's trotting feature The Pres mare beat a nice field of squaregaiters, improving on her last start second to quality trotter Bordeax at Addington last week.

Hunter has trained Destiny Jones for most of her career but good friend Kevin Townley has also had a stint at training her.

“Kevin and I are very good friends and I’ve learnt most of my stuff from him.” 

Hunter says Destiny Jones career hasn't been without drama. 

“We’ve had our problems with her so it’s nice to have her back. She's had a wee nose bleed because she’s been popping blood vessels in her nose. It looks worse than it is. It isn’t happening further down but we’ve had to scratch her a few times. Hopefully we're on top of it now.”

The hot pace set primarily by Splash Cola suited Destiny Jones and driver Blair Orange. With a lap to run they got a drag into the race when Sundons Wish improved. Just before straightening Orange hooked the six year old mare out and she came three wide to make her claim. She trotted nicely to the line beating a late run from Harriet Of Mot. The winning margin was one and a half lengths with another head back to Jen Jaccka.


Destiny Jones trotting out to win the Southern Light - Photo Bruce Stewart.

The winning time of 3-27.2 was just outside Dark Horse's track record of 3-26.7 but the time is a new race record as this was the first time the Southern Lights has been run over 2700 metres. 

Hunter has held a trainers licence since 1988. He's trained twenty nine winners - twenty three of those being trotters.

Other good trotters he's had in his stable have been Mo Hahn (by Earl) which won five races and Avon Develd (Gee Whiz II) which also won five.

He also trains Dolly Jones a half-sister to Destiny Jones by Monkey Bones which ran third at Westport yesterday. 

 

Bruce Stewart
Southland harness racing

 

 

Comment (...) Tweet Share Email Print

Read More News About...

Stallion Name

Next article in New Zealand: