Obituary – Ian William Hunter

05:04 PM 28 Jul 2014 NZST
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Ian Hunter drove Scottish Command to victory in the 1959 Auckland Cup
Ian Hunter drove Scottish Command to victory in the 1959 Auckland Cup

Harnesslink has become aware of the recent death of  that well known harness racing identity, Ian Hunter who was involved in the harness racing industry from the 1950s through to the late 1980s.

Ian died last week at the Waikato Hospice after a short illness at the age of 75.

Forever known in the harness racing industry as the brother of Hall of Fame inductee Charlie Hunter, Ian was a well respected trainer in his own right.

Over the course of his career Ian trained 114 winners on his own account with another 12 winners from the time Ian trained in partnership for 18 months with Bevan Paterson.

One of the better performers to pass through his hands was the former smart juvenile, Major Lord 2:00.1 ($67,353).

In his early years he worked for his father Jack Hunter when he trained for the late Sir Roy McKenzie from a property at Moonshine in Upper Hutt from where they won the 1964 trainers premiership with brother Charlie doing most of the driving.

The most memorable driving success for Ian was when he drove Scottish Command from 60 yards behind to win the 1959 Auckland Cup for Sir Roy McKenzie.

Harnesslink would like to pass on our condolences to his wife Pat and family at this time.    

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