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Last minute change of mind for Grayling

10:20 AM 11 Oct 2016 NZDT
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Sean Grayling driving Brookby Prince

Sean Grayling even had an ‘Australia going away party’ at his boss Barry Purdon’s home, but talks with his employer has resulted in last-minute change of mind.

Grayling who has been working for Barry Purdon at Clevedon for the last five years, was scheduled to start work with New South Wales trainer Paul Fitzpatrick at his Camden Stables on Monday October 10.

But the 20-year-old is going nowhere.

After hosting his farewell party on October 1, Purdon sat down with Grayling and asked him about his timing.

“Sean had another good think about it. He’s the leading junior driver at the moment and he’s getting a few drives.

“I personally think that going right now wouldn’t be the smartest move, so Sean is going to leave it until next July and go then,” Purdon said.

The Hall-of-Fame horsemen said it will do Grayling ‘the world of good’ to go somewhere else and see how other people did things, but believed going now was not the right time.

“It’s best to wait another eight or nine months and get more established first. His junior claim would could run out here and I think it would start up again in Australia going into next season,” Purdon said.

Grayling agreed with his boss saying he wanted to give the Junior Premiership and New Zealand and Australasia driving titles a real nudge in what is likely to be his last or second last season as a junior reinsman.

Grayling has driven 20 winners from 194 starts since 2013. He’s also placed 44 times for $187,629. His UDR strike rate currently sits at 0.1982.

Grayling’s has saluted the judge five times this season and is three wins clear of the second-placed North Island juniors, Robert Argue and Andrew Drake.

Mosgiel horseman Rory McIlwrick is currently the leading junior driver in New Zealand with nine wins.

Duane Ranger

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