March 28, 2018 National Trotguide
THE WINNERS keep rolling in for Blake Jones as he enters the final stages of a cause close to his heart raising money for “Good Talk”
Wearing specially designed colours with the number 32 inscribed, Jones has been racking up the winners while raising awareness for bipolar disorder.
Many businesses and Jones donate money for each winning drive and so far the tally is climbing to more than they could have imagined.
His four winners at Wagga last night pushed him to nine for the month, with the hope he can drive a few more before the week is over.
Good Talk was established following the death of local footballer Graeme Reid last year – a friend of Jones and many others who helped founded the worthwhile cause.
Jones has been delighted with the support he has received, and more importantly, the number of wins he has driven.
He has driven four winners at Wagga a few times, but this time was extra special with some former team mates of Reid trackside to cheer him home.
“Each time I drive a winner it works out at about $720 a win with all the sponsorship,” Jones said.
Jones won with Prince Potter and Miss Kenny for his partner Ellen Bartley and also guided Hidden Energy and Heart Of Cooper to victory.
Hidden Energy was trainer Tim Doherty’s third winner at Wagga in seven days – the pacer also scoring the previous week.
Prince Potter was having his first start for Bartley and cleared out for an effortless victory.
Heart Of Cooper, coming off a second in the Leeton Breeders’ Plate final, returned with a strong win accounting for debutant Cee Cee Armbro.
The youngster was bred and is owned by Steven Pike who also raced his half brother – 14 times winner Rob The Bank.
By GRAEME WHITE