“Steven (Reid) had no right to make me a partner in his training establishment. He has rewarded me for being with him for seven years. I’m extremely grateful.”
Those were the words from Simon McMullan after he trained his first two winners at Alexandra Park last Friday (August 16).
The Reid and McMullan trained Roger Ramjet and Sweet Jane won the first and fourth races at the Franklin Trotting Club’s meeting.
Twenty four-year-old McMullan was over the moon with his first two wins.
“It’s a great feeling alright. I backed off the driving a bit when we travelled with our team last year. Even though I’d like to have a crack at the Australasian Juniors later in the season training is where it’s at for me right now.
“I love working horses and I love working for Steven. He is the consummate professional. He has rewarded me and now I just want to keep experience this winning feeling,” McMullan said.
“I am grateful to what he and Wendy have done for me,” he added.
Both Roger Ramjet (Todd Mitchell) and Sweet Jane (Simon Lawson) were backed into favourites in their respective maiden paces on Friday.
Reid and McMullan only had two starters to the races that night and McMullan said he was stoked to have come away from his home-town meeting with a 100 per cent strike rate.
McMullan was educated at Burnside High School and has worked for Brent Lilley, Brendon Hill and Doug Gale prior to coming to Reid’s Pukekohe stable.
His work ethic soon ensured he was stable foreman before being promoted to a partner on August 1.
“I didn’t expect this. I’ve learnt so much from Steven. In fact every trainer has taught me something new. That’s the great thing about this sport – you never stop learning. I am still only young and try and digest every piece of information that is given to me,” said McMullan.
He said he was still excited about being able to work for a former New Zealand champion trainer and one of the country’s leading stables
“We’ve got a powerful stable when you take into account the top horses like Gold Ace, Easy On The Eye and Kiwi Ideal. They are the guns but then again we’ve also got a lot of promising ones coming through like Destination Moon.
“He’s our best 2-year-old and Martine Maguire would be our best 2-year-old filly. She won a $25,000 race at Cambridge in March.
“We’ve also got a really nice Lis Mara 4-year-old named Franco Nikau who only qualified on August 13. He’s one to watch out for when he lines up. Then there’s Charge Forward (eight wins) and our best trotter Commander Galleon (six wins),” McMullan said.
Commenting on Friday’s two winners, McMullan said:
“Three-year-old Roger Ramjet has a lot of potential and will win more races. And now that Sweet Jane has won one I think she will go in with it. A lot of horses do that after breaking their duck."
By Duane Ranger
Courtesy of Harness Racing New Zealand