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ABERNETHY NOTCHES UP WIN 100

BY DUANE RANGER
Jay Abernethy might not play cricket but the 31-yearold South Auckland horseman brought up his own personal century at Cambridge Raceway last Thursday night (November 6). Abernethy trained his 100th and 101st winners when Our Southern Man and Pacific Rapture won the first two races
on the nine-strong Morrinsville Trotting Club card. He’s also reined 348 winners since 1992. “I’m very proud notching up the 100. We are a family business and even though the winners go down in my name it’s a staff achievement. “I just hope the next 100 don’t take so long,” Abernethy joked. Papakura-based Abernethy started training in 2007 nailing two winners in his inaugural season. His best year came in 2013-2014 when he conditioned 27 winners and banked $171,893. This season he has trained eight winners from 38 starters ($41,407) and is on track to record his $100,000 in stakes for the third consecutive year. Abernethy said he owed a lot to his father Wayne and late grandfather Kevin who made his harness racing dream possible. “Grandad passed away just before I got my trainer’s licence but he did seeme drive. Dad and I own the business. I’m indebted to them both because without them none of this would have been possible.” Our Southern Man and John Kriechbaumer notched up their third consecutive win in the amateur driving event. It was the 11-year-old’s 10th win in 80 starts. “He only ever has a cart on him on race-day. He is trained entirely on the treadmill. While he still has the will to win we will keep racing him. He goes even better on the grass so hopefully there’s another win or two in him over the summer,” said Abernethy. He was also hoping for another “win or two” out of Pacific Rapture before she embarked on her breeding career. “She’s been in foal to Art Major for about a month now. Mares tend to run better in foal so I’m hoping she will pick up another win or two before we retire her in the New Year,” said Abernethy. Abernethy’s younger brother Sailesh was also in the winner’s circle last Thursday thanks to a brilliant yet daring drive behind the former South Island pacer Hadrian. They hit the lead with one and a half laps to go and then at the 400m they left their opposition to it winning by 2-1/2 lengths. Hadrian is trained by Adrienne Matthews at Pukekohe. It was her first win in four starts since coming north from Daniel Wilson’s Invercargill stable. The 6-year-old Julius Caesar gelding has now won three of his 31 starts.