Day At The Track

First Australian Jewels invite issued

03:04 PM 17 Apr 2018 NZST
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Harness Racing New Zealand and Cambridge Raceway are thrilled to announce that Nathan Jack’s Custodian has been officially invited to represent Australia in the Harness Jewels.

A former Harness Jewels winner, Custodian has been the recipient of the very first Australian invite for the 2018 Harness Jewels which will be held at Cambridge Raceway on Saturday 2 June.

As a two-year-old Custodian was successful in 2016 for trainers Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen, with Mark Purdon in the sulky for then owners Stuart Valentine and Roddy Butt (who was the initial trainer of the horse).

Custodian then went on to win the 2YO Breeders Crown Final at Melton in August of 2016 for Purdon.

Since then the son of Muscle Mass has joined Nathan Jack’s team and was successful for him as a threeyear-old in the New South Wales Trotters Derby.

Nathan Jack spoke to Harness Racing New Zealand following the invitation was issued and was thrilled with the news.

“His manners have progressed a lot better and he has matured a lot and he’s grown into a big strong individual. I think he has taken the next step,” said Jack.

“It has been the main aim all the way through (to get the Jewels) and all going well we’ll be there and give it our best shot.”

Jack has been at the Jewels before with Just Cala and Glenferrie Bronte at Ashburton in 2015 and despite not being successful on that occasion, the trip did have its benefits.

“We had a ball there and we learned a lot about what sort of horse we need.

We were really well looked after and treated like royalty and that’s half the reason we are so keen to come back again.”

To hear the full interview with Nathan Jack please visit 


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