Day At The Track

A night to remember for Bart Cockburn

11:08 AM 06 Jan 2014 NZDT
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Bart Cockburn
Bart Cockburn

It was night to remember for harness racing driver Bart Cockburn.

The likable young Queensland horseman achieved his first driving quartet last night at Albion Park, on a metropolitan program.

Cockburn, 24, landed the $20,000 Seymour Rising Stars Championship Final aboard the Stuart Hunter trained Holme On The River followed by the open class event with Avonnova for Ian Gurney while he prepared a double himself with Numberone Amenophis and Valiant Sue.

“On paper I thought I had a strong book of drives but you can never be so sure of how things will play out, fortunately, everything panned out really well and I got the right results. It’s special to win four races at any meeting but to do it on our main meet of the week is extra special.” Cockburn said.

A third generation horseman, Cockburn has enjoyed strong success since venturing out on his own two years ago after stints with the Darrel Graham and Grant Dixon stables.

Based at the former property of John McCarthy at Logan Village, Cockburn has a team of twenty in work but is always looking to upgrade and improve his quality of stock.

Star trotter Supper Waltz Wilson has proven to be the best performer for Cockburn to date but handy types like So You Think, Valiant Sue, My Hayley Robyn and more recently Franco Jamar have added strength to his stable.

“Although Franco Jamar is yet to fire in two starts to date for me, I’m hopeful I can get him back on track and displaying his best ability.

“He was diagnosed with a lung infection after he failed in the Christmas Cup at Redcliffe last start, it will be touch and go for the Inter Dominion heat at Albion next month but we’ll be working around the clock to have him ready for it.

“It’s all part of the experience, you never stop learning in this game and Franco Jamar is testament to that. I’m really happy with the way my team is building currently, I’ve had a recent influx of new stock come into the stables which is exciting and hopefully they can all do a good job.”

Recent additions include the likes of Ohoka Du Nord, Christian Ruler, True Desire, Fletch Davis and former Kiwi mare Goldplay.

The latter proving to be an impressive first-up winner at Albion Park earlier this week.

“I really like this mare and her effort was very sharp the other day, good sized mare that covers the ground nicely and with good speed.

“I’m looking at the Golden Guitar series at Tamworth with her in the coming weeks, it’s a race that fits her schedule nicely and she should prove hard to beat around that track.

“This mare gives the impression she will adapt anywhere she goes, I believe she has ability to charge right through to her metro grades.”

In the meantime, Cockburn is on track to better his tally of 133 driving winners from last season as he currently sits on 52 this season.

Cockburn is currently fifth in both the Queensland statewide trainers and driver’s premiership.  

by Chris Barsby

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