Master Lavros isn’t the only talented trotter that Mark Jones will take north early next month.
He will also take exciting three-year-old trotter Eyre I Come, who joined his stable recently after his previous trainer, David Gaffaney, was bought out by prolific harness racing owners Merv & Meg Butterworth.
“Grant Hatton, who owns horses with me including Saveapatrol, owns the other half and Merv & Meg have raced horses with me in the past, so the decision was made to send him to me with a North Island campaign in mind,” advised Jones, who helped Hatton select Eyre I Come at 2012 Premier Yearling Sale.
“David Gaffaney has done a super job with him but I am hoping Mark (Jones) and beach training will be able to take him to the next level,” said Grant Hatton.
Eyre I Come, who is by Majestic Son out of a race winning daughter of Landora’s Pride, has had four starts and the only time he got around safety he won impressively over handy trotter Trouble Rieu.
However, his reputation is so big he started second favourite in the Sales Series Trot and fifth favourite in the NZ Trotting Derby despite his intractability.
“Ricky is confident he would have been very competitive in the Derby had he not galloped after handing up the parked position,” said Hatton.
Jones confirmed that the Great Northern Trotting Derby would be his main aim but said that he was also likely to start in the Sires Stakes Trotters Championship the week before.
Meanwhile, Jones was very happy with the run of Master Lavros on Friday night as he progresses towards the $150,000 Rowe Cup.
“He had to beat that field but I was very pleased with the way he did it,” said Jones.
“He will miss the Anzac Cup next week, as I want to stick to standing starts with him, but he will start in the Greenlane Cup the week after,” he added.
By Mitchell Robertson