Prominent harness racing owner Peter Chambers is fast becoming a major player in our industry. The well respected Aussie entrepreneur was back in the winners circle today (Thursday) when Another Player scored a decisive victory at the Invercargill Harness Racing Club's meeting.
Driven by Craig Thornley and trained by his partner Joanne Burrows,Another Player was sent out a warm favourite and had to withstand a solid late charge from second favourite Pattisun in order to record her fourth win from just eight starts.
The well bred daughter ofwas purchased out of the Gavin Mills barntowards the end of last season by Chambers, on a recommendation by Craig Thornley. "Being a half sister to Play On Craig obviously took a great deal of interest in her performances and we managed to secure her for Peter," said trainer Joanne Burrows. Thornley won the 2005 Interdominion Grand Final behind the son of Bellam, one of 14 career wins forformer trainer and harness racing starter Peter Lamb.
"She's alot more physically mature than Play On was at the same stage, he took a long-time to mature. She's slightly different gaited too, her gait is quite extravagant in front but she is getting better all the time," said Mrs Burrows. Another Player will continue to race in the deep South during Christmas and New Year before returning to Canterbury for a four year old trotters series sponsored by her owner. "Peter really likes to put some money back into harness racing and particularly loves his trotters. There will be three heats starting in February followed by a final."
Although not present on course to witness the win first hand, the busy Peter Chambersalways findstime to follow his passion, says Joanne. "It doesn't matter what time of day or night it is you can guarantee he will beglued to a TV set or the internet somewhere.He spoke to Craig soon after and was really rapt with the horse and he's hoping to be back in New Zealand in January."
Two races later Craig Thornleyreturned tothe winners circle, this timewith the Steve McRae trained Franco Legionnaire. The son ofgave Thornley a double for the meeting before catching a flight back to Christchurch for tonight's Addington meeting, where he will team up with another Peter Chambers owned runner in Jumanji Franco, also trained by Joanne Burrows.
Top Sire:3 wins.
Top Trainer: Clark Barron 2 wins.
Top Driver: Clark Barron 3 wins.
Top Junior Driver: None.
Results from the Invercargill Harness Racing Club's meeting held today (Thursday) were:
Race 1: The Roger and Katrina Price trained FALCON AVENUE () Brent Barclay.
Race 2: The Joanne Burrows trained ANOTHER PLAYER () Craig Thornley.
Race 3: The Peter Hunter trained and driven VINNIE GAMBINO ().
Race 4: The Steven McRae trained FRANCO LEGIONNAIRE () Craig Thornley.
Race 5: The Clark Barron trained and driven VERASPRIDEANDGLORY ().
Race 6: TheClark Barron trained and driven OLGOLDNBLACK ().
Race 7: The Brent McIntyre trained PERAKI CHIEF () Kirsten Barclay.
Race 8: The Tom Kilkelly trained KUTE KID () Nathan Williamson.
Race 9: The Ron Barron trained BRAEVIEW RED () Clark Barron.