Day At The Track

Storie starts a new chapter

03:28 AM 29 Jan 2014 NZDT
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Justin Storie - has arrived in New South Wales
Nineteen year old Queensland junior driver Justin Storie has arrived in New South Wales and is working for Camden based trainer Jarrod Alchin. Storie was working for trainer Darren Weekes but answered a job advertisement on social media and arrived in Sydney on the weekend.

"It is the biggest move I have made in my career but I am looking forward to the new challenge here in Sydney, I knew a few people before I arrived here and have met a few already too, it has been really good," Storie said.

"Jarrod put a post on Facebook saying that he was looking for a worker a couple of weeks ago because he was working around fourteen and I was keen to try something different so I sent him a message through saying I was interested and it all went from there."

Storie has been involved in harness racing throughout his life and his family has a strong connection to the industry.

"My parents and my grandfather have trained horses so it was pretty easy for me to follow in their footsteps, I also do some shoeing and I will continue to do that here in Sydney as well.

"Around New Zealand Cup time last year when Darren (Weekes) was away I got the chance to work some of the top horses in his stable, horses like Forever Gold and Four Starzzz Shark, it was a great experience."

With a junior claim Storie is hoping to pick up some outside drives.

"I have driven around 30 winners I guess and have been driving for two or three seasons, I haven't had a standout win as such but I drove Jilliby Major a few times and was placed in 1:55 at Albion Park which was good.

"My favourite horse would be Carla Bruni, a former trotter of David Thorn's who I drove a number of times in Brisbane, I actually drove her on the day before I left and she finished third behind Idle Lea."

Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |



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