Day At The Track

Jones reaches 500 winners

09:12 AM 15 Jan 2018 NZDT
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Mark Jones

Mark Jones has joined an elite group of harness racing trainers by training the winners of 500 races.

Jones was sitting on 497 wins before the Nelson two day meeting kicked off on Friday.  He won with Saveapatrol, and the The Bus on Friday and then again with The Bus in the Nelson Cup yesterday to bring up his milestone.

The Bus (Art Major - Rondel Franco) was impressive on Friday for driver Samantha Ottley, running a 1-59.0 mile rate to easily account for a rating 54 to 69 field.

He was even better yesterday rating a 2.00.5 mile rate from a stand over the staying test of 3000m.

Cable Beach was just as impressive in second after leading for driver Dexter Dunn but he could not withstand the late burst from The Bus who beat him by a neck at the line.

Saveapatrol (Christian Cullen - Rondel Franco) a converted pacer who easily won his first trotting the first day at Nelson is a half brother to The Bus.

Both horses are out of the good mare Rondel Franco who won 2 races in New Zealand before being exported overseas and winning another 35 races in the USA and Canada.

The Bus winning the Nelson Cup yesterday.

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