Young Kiwi bred harness racing reinsman Cameron Jones has been selected to represent New South Wales in the State Of Origin next month.
The State Of Origin is a brand new junior drivers series which was put together by Harness Racing New South Waleswith Racing Queensland.
Jones, who has been working for Menangle trainer Kerryann Turner for over 18 months, is one of a five-strong team for the Blues. The other four young drivers that have been selected for New South Wales are Chris Geary, Todd Priest, Kylie Barnes, and Kasey Hocking.
Those five drivers will go head-to-head with five young reinsman from Queensland in races in both states.
The series will start in New South Wales with 2-3 State Of Origin races at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Tuesday August 18 before the series shifts to Queensland.
On Thursday August 20 the ten reinsman will enjoy a social day on Mr Kevin Seymour’s boat ‘Euphoria’ before competing in 2-3 races at Albion Park the following night.
Seventeen-year-old Jones said he was excited to get the opportunity to compete in the inaugural running of the State Of Origin.
“It’s a good opportunity and also a chance for me to meet new people and drive in Queensland for the first time,” said Jones, who has enjoyed a good first season in the sulky.
Jones has won fifteen races to date, including two last week, and looks a good chance to add to his tally tomorrow when he takes the reins behind Kiwi export Im El Diablo in race eight at Menangle.
Cameron has driven him in six of his seven starts in Australia for three wins and a further three placings.
“We got him over on a 50/50 deal and he has done a very good job so far,” said Jones. “He flew home for third after being held up at the top of the straight last week but he has good gate speed and a handy draw this week so he shouldn’t be unlucky again,” he added.
“It’s his first start over 2300 metres since he has been over here but as long as he gets a couple of easy sectionals he will take will take a lot of beating,” said Jones. “He has a very good turn of foot,” he concluded.
By Mitchell Robertson