Harness Jewels star back in winners circle

11:11 AM 28 Nov 2010 NZDT
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Sam Smolenski saluted the judge
Sam Smolenski saluted the judge - shortly after winning with Jinja Gal.
Duane Ranger photo

The rocky road to success got a little less bumpy for the connections of Jinja Gal when the former Two Year Old Harness Jewels Ruby winner made her way back into the harness racing winners circle at the Banks Peninsula Trotting Club meeting held today (Sunday November 28).

The talented Fred Fletcher trained squaregaiter has proven to be a source of frustration for all her connections since collecting a substantial paycheck some 18 months ago at Ashburton.

"Fred has had to be very patient with her, Jinge has certainly caused him and Sam (Smolenski) the odd headache or two," said owner Grant Adamson. She's got all sorts of ability and has never galloped at home on Fred's track since she was broken in, but has only managed to get round once at the races without galloping since she won the Jewels." Jinja Gal returned to the races at last week's Timaru meeting, the four year old's first start for over seven month. "Fred was confident he had her as good as he get her, but she had a gallop and added to her handicap, so it was actually a pretty good run considering."

There was no mistake today with Jinja Gal putting in a faultless display to win easily and untouched at the line by a length in her grass-track debut performance, driver Sam Smolenski pulling out a doosie of a drive to get up along the markers over the concluding stages. "I was a bit worried when Sam went up the markers, but as he explained afterwards there were alot of horses out wide making mistakes, so he elected to follow the better horses who were along the markers, and it turned out to be the right decision and she won easily in the end," Adamson said.

The daughter of S J's Photo couldn't be in better hands with Fletcher well renowned for his skilled horsemanship with trotters. The experienced Weedons trainer has prepared many a good squaregaiter including Sundon, the winner of 27 races including the 1990 Dominion Handicap. Jinja Gal is likely to race at Addington next Saturday night, which could prove to be big night out for Grant and his wife Karen who also share in the ownership of smart pacer Franco Jamar.

The son of Courage Under Fire is likely to make a return to the race-track on Saturday also. The winner of ten races from 22 starts finished a luckless seventh in the Breeders Crown Final back in August, and with two sound workout wins at Rangiora, looks set to make his presence felt. "He will either race at Addington or Waimate, either way Im looking forward to it," Adamson said.

The Highlights:

Top Sire: 11 different sires from 11 races.

Top Trainer: Dave and Cath Butt/Robert Dunn 2 wins.

Top Driver: Anthony Butt 2 wins.

Top Junior Driver: Dexter Dunn, Tim Williams and Bob Butt 1 win.

Results from the Banks Peninsula Trotting Club's meeting held today (Sunday) were:

Race 1: The Dave and Cath Butt trained STORM'S RULE (Badlands Hanover) Bob Butt.

Race 2: The Barrie Hamilton trained BEAUS A FLYIN (Sands A Flyin) Jim Curtin.

Race 3: The Phil Anderson trained BRAWLINWITHTEBOYZ (Brylin Boyz) Anthony Butt.

Race 4: The Peter and Leonie Jones trained MOTU MERCEDES (Grinfromeartoear) Mark Jones.

Race 5: The Robert Dunn trained ARJUNA (Presidential Ball) Tim Williams.

Race 6: The Nigel McGrath trained and driven LIMITED EDITION (In The Pocket).

Race 7: The Bill Roberts trained KRISTINA (Bettor's Delight) Anthony Butt.

Race 8: The Fred Flethcher trained JINJA GAL (S J's Photo) Sam Smolenski.

Race 9: The Greg and Nina Hope trained VEECEWAH (Red River Hanover) Dexter Dunn.

Race 10: The Robert Dunn trained SAMARIAS BROMAC (Righteous Hanover) Shaun Thompson.

Race 11: The Dave and Cath Butt trained OHOKA TEXAS (Christian Cullen) Dave Butt.

Extensive Results

Steve DOLAN

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