Day At The Track

Relatives win seven of eight at Hamilton

01:37 PM 24 Apr 2014 NZST
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Matthew Craven - was successful in four races at Hamilton yesterday
Glen Craven and Margaret Lee with Keayang Cullen

It’s fair to say yesterday’s meeting at Hamilton was a family affair.

The first race was won by Glen Craven aboard his aunties horse Salute Branch, before his brother Matthew (Craven) took over and won the next four in a row.

Matt also finished second in a further three races on the eight race card.

“It’s probably my best day ever as far as wins go,” enthused Matthew Craven. “I’ve won four races at Mount Gambier and Horsham before but I have never finished so many seconds as well,” he added.

Craven’s four victories were for four different trainers.

“The first race that I won on the card was for a fella (P Ralph), who I have known for a long time that doesn’t train many horses. So it was great to win a race for him as he is a top bloke,” said Craven. “And my other three victorious were all for trainers that have supported me a lot in the past, he added.

But it didn’t stop their either as Matthew’s brother Glen was successful again in a later race, while his cousin Jason Lee also made a trip to the winners circle, giving the family seven wins out of just eight races.

“Gavin Lang spoiled the party and beat me in the last race,” quipped Craven, who could have just as easily won five races on the card.

“I had the option to drive Citysneak, but I gave the drive up to Glen (Craven) so I could drive I Wantano and he beat me a half-head the buggar,” laughed Craven.

“But overall it was a great day for the whole family. There is no doubt about that,” he concluded.  

By Mitchell Robertson

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