Riverina reinsman Jack Painting has become the latest harness racing driver to bring up 100 Australian winners for the season after driving a double at Canberra on Monday night (August 29). Painting has driven 101 winners in New South Wales and Victoria breaking his personal best by more than 60 winners.
“At the start of the season I set myself a goal to drive more winners in a season than I ever had before which was only about 30,” Painting said.
“I did that last season and I spent a bit of time out of the sulky with a broken wrist so I thought if I could stay injury free that I might be able to have my best season ever this year.”
Painting has driven the majority of his winners for his uncle, David Kennedy and despite losing his claim in the new season is hoping the winners continue to come.
“I have lost my junior claim so it is going to make it a bit tougher for me but I don’t think it will knock me around too much because Dave has got some new owners and there are a lot more horses here to drive and that has really been the reason for my success this year plus I spent three weeks in America during the year having a bit of a break so it probably cost me a few winners during that time.”
“Dave has been able to attract a lot more horses and we have had a pretty high turnover throughout the season so there are always new horses arriving.”
Painting’s proudest moment for the season was when he drove a metropolitan treble at Menangle and lists Deadsetlucky as the best horse he has driven.
“There is no doubt that the treble was my biggest thrill and I was pretty happy when I finally brought up the 100 winners on Monday night.”