'Good guy' breaks his driving duck

02:48 AM 12 Dec 2012 NZDT
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Ival Brownlee Senior
Ival Brownlee Senior - getting the job done at Cambridge Raceway.
Brownlee family photo

Justice. Not Anvil Justice but the 'Real McCoy justice' that South Auckland amateur harness racing driver Ival (James Brownlee) Senior, has deserved for so long. Yes, the 62-year-old has finally broken through for his first amateur tote win.

And if anyone deserved the sweet taste of victory it's 62-year-old Brownlee.

He has been a servant of harness racing since meeting his wife Lorraine about 40 years ago.

The Pokeno-based horseman also been involved in amateur driving since its inception in New Zealand 10 years ago.

"I went through the very first course and haven't looked back since. I've been waiting for these wins since amateur tote racing was introduced to New Zealand in 2009

"What a great feeling. I didn't realise I had so many friends," Brownlee told Harnesslink.

‘Wins'? - yes you read his quote above correctly.

Brownlee broke his duck with Anvil Justice at Cambridge Raceway last Thursday (December 6) - and then repeated the dose yesterday (Tuesday, December 11) behind the same horse (see videos).

"I own the little fella and and bought him especially for amateur racing. Then Ival (son) took him off me and raced him.

"Actually it was the making of the horse. Ival (Jr) really improved him. He might be too good for the amateurs now, we'll just have to wait and see. But when placed in the right (non amateur) races he does go okay," said Brownlee.

Anvil Justice is a 7-year-old son of Falcon Seelster. He has won six races and $54,490. He won at Cambridge in 2:45.2 and Alexandra Park in 2:49.6.

Brownlee was delighted he could finally quieten his driving mates.

"I think they thought I couldn't drive because it's taken me that long to get my first win. I'm on cloud nine because when the horse won last week I wasn't expecting it, but yesterday I thought he could back up.

"He had been bouncing around and jumping out of his skin," Brownlee said.

Brownlee is a piping contractor who lays water mains on new sub-divisions.

He said driving horses was one of his greatest pleasures.

"Tote races were the best thing that could have happened to amateur drving in this country. I'm really looking forward to the Summer Series," he said.

by Duane RANGER (editor)

Ival Brownlee (Sr) and Anvil Justice winning at Cambridge Raceway on Thursday December 6, 2012:

Ival Brownlee (Sr) and Anvil Justice winning at Alexandra Park yesterday (Tuesday December 11, 2012):

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