Trainer-driver-breeder Graham Pearson, best known for his achievements with champion mare Under Cover Lover, enjoyed a good day at the office at Motukarara on Sunday where he trained and drove one winner and bred two.
Pearson was the successful breeder of Vegas Sicilia, who was victorious in third race for Ricky May and Greg & Nina Hope, before winning the fourth race with his own charge Albuquerque.
Albuquerque, who is a three-year-old filly by Bettor’s Delight out of another nice mare Pearson trained in Princess Alberta, produce a tough performance to narrowly beat Pembrook Belle and favourite Art Critic, who incidentally is also bred by Pearson.
Meanwhile, the often unlucky Roxy Bromac broke through for her first win since the same meeting of last year.
Jack Mackinnon trains his first winner
At the start of the week Jack Mackinnon had driven two winners and trained none.
I had also never written an article about him.
Now, the young racing enthusiast has driven four winners, trained one, and I am currently writing my third piece on him.
“It been an absolutely amazing weekend,” said Mackinnon. “I am just really grateful to all the people that have supported me and made it possible.”
Mackinnon’s wicked weekend started with an emphatic six and a half length win on his old favourite Dr Hook, who he has also been the caretaker driver of.
He later described that win as an even bigger thrill than his first driving win.
The icing on the cake was his first training win with Ruby Castleton at Tauranga on Sunday. It was also his forth driving success.
“She has plenty of ability but manners have always been her issue,” explained Mackinnon. “I don’t think it will be her last ever win.”
By Mitchell Robertson