Even before the two year old filly Jewels race is run Jim and Ann Gibbs can feel good about the favour they have done Lyn Tucker. Though some Tuckers might have wondered
Jim and Ann of course are well known for their successful transition to harness facing after years of fame in thoroughbred racing. But the Tucker family was once even more famous.
Ivan Tucker, Lyn's father in law, was one of the most famous of trainers preparing the great Rising Fast. winner of the Melbourne Cup.
Lyn's late husband, also Ivan, was also a successful trainer. The Gibbs's were friends of both and when Jim and Ann took shares in Fight For Glory, Jim decided to present his share to Lyn.
"Lyn had lost a husband and had a bit of bad luck and I thought she would get more out of it. I was doing all right and I wanted her to share in it"
"It wasn't a lot of money ($5000) and she is getting a thrill out of it"
With luck at Cambridge on Saturday it might be a lot bigger and that will be mixed news for Jim. The withdrawal of his other horse Hug The Wind leaves only Ann with a runner on Saturday.
But perhaps a good deed will still bring the right result.
By David McCarthy (Courtesy of ALL STARS STABLES)