November 14, 2023 Michael Court
TAKE a bow Jack Trainor, you’re an asset to harness racing.
The former Kiwi gave National Trotguide another exclusive this week when told our reporter Mike Ko’cass how mighty Aussie pacer Swayzee would win the 3200m New Zealand Cup.
Trainer Jason Grimson and champion reinsman Cameron Hart, and of course Swayzee, did the rest.
Hart drove the race of his life, dictating terms after finding the front with Swayzee and giving nothing else a chance in New Zealand’s greatest race.
And Trainor is entitled to say “I told you so!’
It’s no wonder his fellow Kiwis keep sending him horses to train.
Besides a close affiliation with Grimson, who Trainor described as a master trainer and equal to any in Australia, the trainer-driver wasn’t going to miss out on his day in the sun either.
Trainor left his able team to look after the horses at Menangle for a few days while he jetted out to Christchurch so he could join Grimson’s team and be there for their magic moment when the five-year-old gelding put his rivals to the sword in one of the great New Zealand Cup wins.
Very few go to Addington and get the better of one of their greatest horsemen Mark Purdon.
Purdon is rightfully regarded as the King Of Addington and was having another day out and expected to annex the Cup with their Great White Hope, the Cup’s $2.50 favourite Akuta on Tuesday afternoon.
Yet Hart did the rest and deserves the plaudits for one of the great New Zealand Cup drives.
No-one has been in better form – in Australasia – than Hart in recent weeks.
And National Trotguide is proud to say Trainor and Hart are always generous with their time and happy to tip us a winner – almost every week.
Just another reason to stick with National Trotguide . . . and three of our absolute stars . . . Trainor, Hart and Grimson.
And Swayzee ain’t too bad either!!