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Pro golfer’s horse wedges way into Jewels

11:48 AM 14 May 2018 NZST
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Pete’s Big Jim
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Juvenile pacing gelding Pete’s Big Jim has been announced as the Australian representative in the Two-year-old Emerald at the Harness Jewels.

The Jewels, which this year will be held at Cambridge Raceway on June 2, is breaking new ground this year with an unprecedented amount of Australian invitations now issued at seven.

Pete’s Big Jim has had 9 starts for 2 wins and 4 placings.

The son of Big Jim had emerged as a possible Jewels contender after placing second behind College Chapel in the Group Three Sapling Stakes at Menangle in February, and on that occasion fellow Jewels invitee Platinum Revolution finished in third.

On Saturday night he was a close fourth in the Group Three Rod Fitzpatrick Memorial, which was won by Shoobee Doo.

Owner Peter Kohlsdorf is better known for his role as an Australian Pro Golfer, but was elated to receive the invitation, as he had been dreaming of a trip to the Jewels with the horse.  

“I’m over the moon. I’ve been working really hard with Darrin Williams trying to obtain this invitation,” said Kohlsdorf.

“I actually purchased the horse from the Ready to Run Sale at Menangle and it’s the first time I have had a horse in my own ownership.”

“I’ve actually been an enthusiast of harness racing since the late sixties, but I never had a horse until four years ago. My wife always said ‘you can punt as much as you want but you’re never going to feed one,” Kohlsdorf recalled.

Kohlsdorf runs the biggest independent golf operation in Australia, ‘Pete’s Golf Connection.’ Which features a massive 1500m golf showroom, day and night driving range and mini golf range based at the Canberra International Golf Centre.

As a golfer Kohlsdorf’s claim to fame came when he finished second in the Pro Am at just 21-years of age and finished three shots ahead of the great Jack Nicklaus.

He’s achieved so much in his own career, but is now proud to represent his country on a whole new stage.

“We are going over there to represent Australia and Club Menangle, and we’re very proud of that.”

To hear the interview with Peter Kohlsdorf click here

Jess Smith

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