By Duane Ranger
Papakura horseman Jay Abernethy has had his most successful year as a trainer, conditioning 32 winners – five more than his previous best he achieved in 2013-2014.
The 33-year-old also shone brightly at Cambridge Raceway this season and was recently named Harness Racing Waikato’s leading trainer. Two of his team Silver Stream and Our Southern Man also received recognition.
HRW’s Racing manager, Kerry Wells, said five horses won three races at Cambridge during 2015-2016. Four won four races. Silver Stream won five races and the David Marshall trained Sarah Lindenny won six races.
“The winner of the Dunstan Nutrition $10,000 Owner-Trainer promotion for the season was Sarah Lindenny, who receives $7,000 (split $4k to owner & $3k to trainer) of Dunstan product. Silver Stream’s trainer will receive $2000 worth of Dunstan product while last year’s winner Our Southern Man will also receive $1,000 worth of the product as well,” Wells said.
Looking back at 2015-2016 Wells said Club bonuses paid throughout the year added to the winner’s stake equalled $68,000.
He said 37 horses had their winner’s stake increased by $1,500 and five horses had their winner’s stake increased by $2,500.
When asked to comment about other highlights of the season Wells said:
“We recently had a debrief of this year’s Jewels and have been advised that 2018 will be held at Cambridge.
“The clubs’ AGM is scheduled for Tuesday November 15 at 7.15pm in Members Lounge. Obviously next week (August 4) will be interesting regards race fields as it is the first meeting to be carded under the new points handicapping system.
“I understand Andrew Grant is relocating to Morrinsville training track at Scott Reserve and will work upwards of 10 horses. This will increase horse population on track to around 70,” Wells said.
Winners at Cambridge Raceway this season were:
NRM Leading Trainer: 1st Jay Abernethy, 2nd Steve Telfer/Chris Garlick, 3rd Sean McCaffrey/Ross Paynter.
Commins Plumbing Leading UDR Driver (30 or more drives):
1st Scott Phelan, 2nd David Butcher, 3rd Tony Herlihy.
Garrards Leading Junior Driver:
1st Kyle Marshall, 2nd Sean Grayling, 3rd Andre Poutama.
Barry & Jill Gordon leading Trainer of Trotters:
1st Sean McCaffrey/Ross Paynter, 2nd David Marshall, 3rd Jay Abernethy.
The Clubhouse Sportsbar Driver of Trotters:
1st Kyle Marshall, 2nd Todd Mitchell, 3rd Todd MacFarlane.
The stable is having its best year ever. As we are coming to the end of the season we hoping things can carry on the way they have been going. We also have a lot of young stock at the trailing stages so looking forward to the next few months.
2015/2016 Seasons Goals
This season we have a large number of young horses so the goals for the season was 20 winners & $100,000 + in stakes. We have over taken that goal already so the new target is 30 wins.
Our current standings are
181 Starts 29 Wins, 16 Seconds & 19 Thirds. For $157,099 to date (URD .2443)
Horses due to race in June are:
Desirable Styx, Elliot Daniel, Lindy’s Dream, Lola Jones, Our Southern Man, Shatahlia Knight, Speedy Earl, & in Australia Platinum Roulette (NSW)
Horses due at the trails are.
Sliver Stream, Gotta Go Cullect, Elusive Belle, Littlebitoflove,
Horses recently qualified and are currently spelling are.
American Mary, Urock Kate & Kawarau Joy
Recent additions to Abernethy Racing Stables in the last few months are:
Helen Shapiro, Speedy Earl, Flash Fire, Flashing Shandi & Castletons Spur
We are always looking to take on more horses if you have anything that maybe suited to our training please keep us in mind.
This season’s weanlings are as Follows:
Meander In The Sun has a filly by Lucky Chucky
Blistering Belle has a filly by American Ideal
Elite Belle has a colt by Well Said
Horses Sold / Retired in the last few months are:
Leishman – has been retired
We have few for sale at the moment, more info can be found on the website under horses for sale.
Hydro Tread Mill:
Our Treadmill has been busy recently with up to 7 horses using this each day. Horses that’s are currently working on the hydro treadmill are Our Southern Man, Desirable Styx, Elliot Daniel, Bourbon Street, Gotta Go Cullect & Sliver Stream
The Rates are as follows
Full Board Rates is $45 plus GST per day.
Drop in Rates is $35 Plus GST per day.
2 year olds:
Elusive Belle – Currently at the strong work stage aim is qualify her before the end of the season.
Emjay Hanover – Is out spelling and is due to resume mid-July.
Fortune Smiles – Resumed mid-May with the aim of trailing her this time around.
Hanover’s Pride – Resumed mid-May with the aim of trailing her this time around.
October Rush – Resumed mid-May with the aim of trailing him this time around.
Quick Cullen – Qualified 11/2/16, had 3 months outs and resume Resumed mid-May with the aim of racing early August.
Royal Moment – Currently out Spelling and is due to resume work in August.
Special Lass – Currently Spelling and is due to resume work mid-July
Sunny Spur – Currently Spelling and is due to resume work mid-July
Bill Haley – Is back in work for his second prep. He was the pick of the yearlings first time around.
Ashley Tisdale – Has been broken in and is currently spelling. She is due to resume work 1st July.
Benjamin Button – Has been broken in and is currently spelling. He is due to resume work 1st July.
Brooks Belle – Has been broken in and is currently spelling. She is due to resume work 1st July.
Unnamed (Majestic Sun/ Meander In The Sun) – Has been broken in and is currently spelling. She is due to resume work 1st July.
Helix – Is back in work for his second prep. He was the second pick of the yearlings first time around.
Magik Man – Has been broken in and is currently spelling. He is due to resume work 1st July.
Lincoln Moment – Is back in work for his third prep. He did everything right last time around and is starting to become a racehorse.
Unnamed (Betterthanchedder / Itz Fatima Kiwi) – Has been broken in and is currently spelling. She is due to resume work 1st July.
If anyone wants to come and view the stables or hydro treadmill please feel free to contact us and we will be more than happy to accommodate this.
Dual Sulky Rides
We now have a dual sulky at the stables so if anyone wants to come along and bring their family and friends for a ride please feel free to contact us and arrange a time. The best time for us is either Friday or Saturday mornings but other times can be arranged.
Join a syndicate and experience the excitement of meeting new people and winning races!
We have a few horses that have shares available from as little as $100 per month fixed rate
For more information please see shares available on the website or email
Abernethy Racing Stables Horses in Australia:
Is Racing in NSW well and has been racing very well he will continue to race until sold.
My Lucky Belle
Is in NSW did a great job before going out for a break she is back in work and shouldn’t be far away from racing again and maybe look to put her in foal in the summer.
June Horse to follow is
Elliot Daniel – He is back racing after a brief let up in May, has need his first couple of races so should only improve in the coming weeks.
Feedback is always welcome. You can do this by replying to this email or adding it to the website form page.
Myself and the rest of the team would like to thank everyone for their support. Feel free to contact me anytime by any of the ways listed below.
Mobile 021 797 242
Home 09 298 9619
Stables 09 298 0876.
Because the way he has managed the careers of two of the north’s elder statesmen – Our Southern Man and Silver Stream – suggests he is more than a dab hand at caring for those in their twilight years.
22 September 2015
The stable is currently having a really good run with 5 wins 2 seconds and 4 thirds from 21 starts lets’ hope it continues!!!!! We have a large amount of racehorses racing at the moment with a few more at trials / workout stage. Half of the stables 2yo’s have been back jogging 4 weeks and are due to step up their work load in the next few weeks, with the rest of the 2yo’s due to come back in work within the next month. The stables yearlings will be broken in during October / November so they are out of the way before the Xmas racing starts. This season the goal is to get 20 winners with the main aim to get a few 2yo’s racing
Horses currently racing: Elliot Daniel, Fracture, Ganges, Kashin, Our Southern Man, Platinum Poker, River Emperor, Sliver Stream, and Steuy D
Horses getting close to workouts: Commander Drum, Lola Jones, Just Julie, Leisham
2yo’s in work: Elusive Belle, Emjay Hanover, Fortune Smiles, Hanover Pride, October Rush, Sunny Spur
Horses currently spelling: American Mary, Dennas’s Delight, littlebitoflove, Nova’s Delight, Quick Cullen, Royal Moment, Special Lass, and Urock Kate
Horses racing in Aussie: Platinum Poker, My Lucky Belle, Lisa’s Lawyer & Riverboat Sue
Yearlings; we have 4 yearlings which will be broken in durning October and 2 yearlings entered in the yearling sales.
14 March 2015
By Michael Guerin – Twitter: @GuerinSports
It was almost like she had never been away.
And pretty soon some of Ideal Belle’s rivals are probably going to wish she had stayed away.
The NZ Oaks winner returned from a career-threatening injury with the perfect win at Alexandra Park tonight.
Trainer Barry Purdon and driver Zac Butcher wanted to win obviously, but wanted to do so without hurting their mare, which isn’t always easy fresh up over 2700m in the intermediate grade at Alexandra Park.
They needn’t have worried though as Ideal Belle handled her first standing start perfectly, dropping straight into the trail behind First Holme and never had to leave the marker pegs, using the passing lane to win easily.
“That couldn’t have worked out better,” enthuses Butcher.
“She handled the stand beautifully, in fact like a mare who will develop into a really quick beginner before long.
“And then to get that easy run means she comes back without any stress and will gain confidence.
“So we are very happy.”
Ideal Belle hadn’t raced since her second in the 1:52.1 Jewels won by Venus Serena last season, suffering bad cuts to her back legs when she got them caught over a fence.
But now she is back he aim is obvious, the Jewels again at Ashburton on May 30.
“This helps because she gets some money straight away,” says Butcher.
“And she has a $25,000 race in two weeks, which while it will be a better field, probably comes at the right time.
“Then she has the option of the Taylor Mile and the Messenger if she needs the money heading toward the Jewels.” Butcher says consideration was even given to the Breeders Stakes at Addington next weekend but it was just too soon.
“But after the Rowe Cup carnival there is still three weeks of races to qualify for the Jewels and we would love to have her there.”
You kind of knew Jay Abernethy was in for a big couple of days on the grass tracks last week when he trained and drove Meander In Pegasus to win the first of nine races at Thursday’s Hawera Harness Racing Club’s meeting.
He also drove Ard to victory for Doug Gale in race four. Then three days later both horses also won at the Wanganui Trotting Club’s meeting.
In fact Meander In Pegasus and Ard were one of six winners for the Papakura horseman at Wanganui – career best for the talented 31-year-old.
‘I’ve driven four winners at a meeting a few times but this is by far my best performance at a meeting yet. I had eight drives so to win six of them and finish second by half a head in another, is very satisfying. It’s still sinking in really,” Abernethy said.
He paid a tribute to friends and fellow trainers Adrienne Matthews and particularly Doug Gale for keeping the faith in his driving abilities.
“They have both been very loyal and when I can’t drive they put my brother on. I had my first drive for Doug when I was a junior and that must be about a decade ago now.
“I’ve driven about 100 winners for him but a lot more losers. I’m grateful for his loyalty and pleased for him as well. He had two winners at Hawera and then another four at Wanganui including Mach Cruiser in the Cup. That was a great training feat,” Abernethy said.
In fact it was a bit of an ‘Abernethy’ benefit on both days of the Central Districts meetings.
As well as Jay driving two winners at Hawera, younger brother Sailesh also won behind the Gale trained Belle Arising and the Adrienne Matthews trained Shestherealdeal.
They had a connection to every winner at Wanganui except the Scott Dickson trained and Andre Poutama(j) driven Sambuca Joe in the last race.
Here’s how The Wanganui results panned out for the Abernethys:
RACE 1: Sailesh drives Macy Star to victory for trainer David Cambie.
RACE 2: Jay drives Heart’s Delight to win for Matthews.
RACE 3: Jay drives Franco Lennon to win for trainer Gale.
RACE 4: The Jay Abernethy trained and driven Meander In Pegasus makes it two wins in three days. RACE 5: Abernethy’s Irish import and employee – Sean Kane drives $54.70 shot Aces N Eights to win his first race since arriving back in New Zealand. That’s the Irishman’s second win in NZ now and he’s here for another summer.
RACE 6: Jay drives Ard to win for trainer, Gale.
RACE 7: Jay drives Brainstormer to victory for trainer, Gale.
RACE 8: Jay wins the 2014 Wanganui Cup with the Gale trained fourth favourite Mach Cruiser.
Abernethy has now driven 360 winners and won $2.74 million in stakes since first sitting in the sulky in 2002. He’s also had 103 training victories since 2007.
“I’d rate this right up there with winning the 2006 Australasian Junior Driving Championships. But I still rate it a team effort and none of this would have happened had I not had good staff to support me,” Abernethy said.
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.
Jay Abernethy didn’t think his ‘pensioner squaregaiter’ Foxtrot Jack would ever walk again let alone line up in a C1-C3 Trot at Cambridge Raceway last Thursday night. The 13-year-old Chiola Hanover gelding had been off the scene for 15 months and it was a mighty training effort by Abernethy and owner Jackie Simons to even get a sulky back on him. “It’s been a long road back. He suffered a pelvic injury when he raced for us at Nelson in June last year. I knew there was something wrong because we finished a long last. “The injury might have been a hairline fracture but the vets couldn’t really diagnose the problem. “He was boxed for eight weeks in Blenheim and after Jackie jogged him up he went lame again. That was around Christmas time and it meant we lost another couple of months work with him,” Abernethy said. Foxtrot Jack had no workouts or trials going into his first race for 459 days yet he was still the $3.20 favourite in the seven horse field. “We just train him on the treadmill and like to keep him off the hard tracks as much as possible. It’s all about keeping him sound at his age. I thought he would have paid $8 or $10 but I guess he was a six-win horse taking on the three winners.” It was his eighth win in just 36 career starts since finishing fifth on debut for Richard Brosnan at Alexandra Park on December 12, 2008. “When I first got him I couldn’t get him to trot away. He’s much better now especially when he doesn’t have to stand alongside other horses. “I see his future in claiming races off a small handicaps at Cambridge and Manawatu meetings in fields of similar size to last week. That means he won’t have so many horses to go around,” Abernethy said. Foxtrot Jack is one of the last Chiola Hanovers racing. He is out of the six-win Yankee Reb mare, Rebel Shot.