Mark Jones has always had huge faith in Master Lavros and tonight the giant five-year-old gelding justified it by winning the Group One Rowe Cup at Alexandra Park.
In doing so, Master Lavros not only cemented himself with the Trotter of the Year title, but also helped Jones emulate what his father Peter achieved in 1985 when winning the prestigious race with grand trotting mare Tussle.
“He’s a great horse and he had to be the best one tonight as he was made to work hard mid-race,” said Mark Jones post-race.
Master Lavros drifted out during the run home causing the runner-up Sheemon to race wider on the track but Mark Jones was adamant that it didn’t affect the results and stewards agreed by eventually dismissing the inquiry.
“The other horse got outside my wheel but he held him easy in the end,” said Jones.
Jones thanked owner Kypros Kotzikas for his support after the race and was also full of praise for stable foreman, Regan Todd.
“This horse has a few issues and causes us some headaches and heart breaks sometimes but Regan (Todd) does a lot of the work with him which makes my job a lot easier. He virtually sleeps with the horse,” he added.
Master Lavros, who trotted a very good 4.06.4 when winning tonight’s feature, will now be spelled before returning in the spring to defend his Dominion title.
Boizel finished strongly into third, giving him his second placing in the great race, while Cool Cobber rounded out the First4.
By Mitchell Robertson