Kristy Sheehy wins drivers challenge in a nail-biter

09:01 PM 20 May 2014 NZST
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Kristy Sheehy took out the $2,000 cash first prize for winning the Garrards Junior Concession Driver Challenge at Pinjarra yesterday

Harness racing driver Kristy Sheehy took out the $2,000 cash first prize for winning the Garrards Junior Concession Driver Challenge at Pinjarra yesterday in a thrilling finish which saw just three points separate the leading four drivers.

Kristy tallied 60 points across the nine heats and three finals of the Challenge and nosed out Stuart McDonald 59 Points with Tom Buchanan and Cody Wallrodt joint third on 57 points.

An additional aspect to Kristy’s prize is the opportunity to be Western Australia’s representative at the 2014 New South Wales Rising Stars Series which will commence on June 22nd and culminate on NSW Breeders Challenge Day at Menangle on Sunday June 29th.

Kristy’s family has had links to harness racing in New South Wales stretching back more than 45 years to the late sixties.

Nineteen-years-old Kristy will be following in the footsteps of her father Tommy Sheehy who represented Western Australia in the 1990 Australian Young Drivers Championship held in Sydney.

Her younger brother Jack Sheehy competed with his pony Simba in the 2014 Inter Dominion Pony Trot at Menangle earlier this year. Sadly for the family Simba passed away due to travel complications the day after returning home from the Inter Dominion.

Kristy’s father Tommy has driven some 166 winners while her grand-father Tom Sheehy has drove more than 50 winners after his inaugural success at the now defunct Richmond Raceway track in Fremantle on 10th October 1959 behind a horse called Sharzo.

Tom Sheehy’s brother John Sheehy was stable foreman for Kevin Newman for some 16 years when Newman was the leading trainer and driver in Sydney and John Sheehy drove a number of winners at Harold Park as the Newman stable’s second driver.

Their mother was the aunt of champion jockeys JJ Miller and Danny Miller.

Kristy’s grand-mother Carol Sheehy (wife of Tom) trained a number of winners in Perth including the 1978 Group Two Champagne Stakes winning 2yo Concord Crossing.

Her great-uncle Dave Sheehy took outstanding WA 4yo Spring Well to Queensland in 2000 to win that State’s 4yo Championship while another great-uncle in Mick Sheehy was a successful trainer and driver before switching to thoroughbreds.

Kristy has driven 27 winners since she began race-driving in December 2010 including one at Melton in Victoria in July 2013 with The Binder for trainer Lance Justice. Kristy used to make a special effort to go and work champion Smoken Up for the injured Justice when the pair were in Perth for the 2012 Inter Dominion Championship.

Cody Wallrodt, with 28 points, took out Series Three of the Garrard’s Junior Concession Drivers Challenge from Kaiden Hayter (26) and Lauren Jones (26). Cody won a $500 voucher from Garrard’s for his Series win.

Lauren Jones won a $250 Garrard’s voucher for winning yesterday’s Series Three Final with the $40 chance Franco Toulone for trainer Colin Brown beating Kaiden Hayter with Batavia Comet ($51) and Cody Wallrodt behind Kamendable Lass ($44).

Not surprisingly the trifecta dividend was a huge $11,035.70

Final points for the 2014 Garrards Concession Drivers Challenge are as follows;

 

Series 1

Series 2

Series 3

Total

Sheehy, K S (Kristy)

21

22

17

60

McDonald, S A (Stuart)

22

21

16

59

Buchanan, T B (Thomas)

19

23

15

57

Wallrodt, C L (Cody)

15

14

28

57

Matthew, H J (Harley)

7

26

22

55

Egerton-Green, D (Dylan)

15

19

18

52

Davies, K A (Kiara)

35

6

10

51

Hayter, K M (Kaiden)

16

9

26

51

Ferguson, M B (Micheal)

2

18

14

34

Edwards, L R (Luke)

9

7

16

32

Miller, D B (Dean)

9

22

0

31

Justins, J R (Jack)

20

7

0

27

Jones, L C (Lauren)

0

0

26

26

Barron, L (Letitia)

0

0

20

20

Dunne, B (Brian)

0

13

0

13

Green, B E (Brayden)

9

0

0

9

 
Alan Parker
 
 
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