Westwood Beach trainers’ Jonny Cox and Amber Hoffman enjoyed their biggest win to date yesterday when taking out the Group 3 DG Jones Trotting Cup with Jaccka Justy.
“It was a huge thrill for Amber and I as it was out first Group training success,” said Cox. “It also meant a lot to win a race in honour of the great Derek Jones,” he added.
Jaccka Justy was slow away at the start and settled five back on the fence, but due to a perfect Jonny Cox drive he was able to find clear air in the straight and come with a whirlwind finish to down Clover Don, Dr Hook and Cyclone U Bolt.
“It has taken him a while to get used to the quicker tempo of the races in Christchurch but he seems to be there now,” enthused Cox.
“All those trips to Addington have paid off. He used to be able to sprint real quickly after they had gone slow during the race but he found it a bit harder trying to sprint off the back of a good tempo.”
Jaccka Justy was one of the outsiders, and paid odds of $30 for a win and $6 for a place. But the win did not surprise Cox.
“Both his runs back had been good and I knew the grass track would suit him more than most. He was super in a couple of trials on the grass last season.”
Cox said that Jaccka Justy is definitely the quickest trotter that he has sat behind and that was evident yesterday.
The Canterbury Park Trotting Cup on 11th of October is next on the agenda for the seven-year-old son of Continentalman.
“He doesn’t back up that well, so we will just keep looking for a good race for him every two or three weeks. If he is still going well around Cup time the Dominion is the obvious aim.”
The win topped off a great weekend for Amber Hoffman, who also enjoyed success with galloper Enchanter at Wingatui on Saturday.
Meanwhile, earlier on in the day at Motukarara, Mark McNamara and the YOR! Racing With Boes McNally Syndicate enjoyed their first win with Ataahua Tiki.
“It was great for the Syndicate,” said trainer Stephen McNally. “They thought it was Christmas,” he added.
“She has been knocking on the door for a while and really deserved a win.”
By Mitchell Robertson