Ford does Tassie proud in Australasian Young Driver's

10:30 AM 04 Mar 2014 NZDT
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Dylan Ford at the Hobart harness meeting last night
TALENTED teenage harness reinsman Dylan Ford returned from driving in the Australasian Young Drivers Championship series in New South Wales brimming with confidence despite finishing second to New Zealand novice driver Andre Poutama.

In any other series Ford would have emerged triumphant with three winners and a couple of fourth placings but Poutama managed to secure one winner, two seconds and four thirds from his 10 drives to clinch the title with 89 points while Dylan amassed 78 points from his three wins and mixed bag of placings.

Ford saluted aboard odds-on favourite Smokin Bopper ($1.40) in the third round of heats and he guided The Twilightdancer to victory at Bankstown two nights later.

He saved the best for last by partnering outsider Little Red Cloud ($18.70) to victory in the last heat of the series at Menangle on Sunday.

Ford was back in action in Hobart last night where he saluted aboard Brookfield Lad that he rated superbly to lead all the way.

He reflected on his trip to NSW and his efforts during the AYDC series.

"It was a fantastic opportunity to go away and represent my state and we almost pulled it off," Ford said at the Hobart harness meeting last night.

"I was just a bit unlucky with the first lot of horses I drew to drive but I finished well and hopefully did my state proud."

"To go up against some of the best young drivers in Australia and New Zealand was brilliant and I definitely learned a lot while I was away," he said.

Ford, 18, was selected to represent the state because of his impeccable form that won him the leading junior reinsman title last season and he has continued that form this season.

"I felt as if I improved throughout last season but it has been this past three months that I believe I have improved the most," he said.

Ford was born into the industry and he has expanded his involvement to training.

"I love working with horses and I guess it was a natural progression to turn my hand to training."

"I've got five horses in work and they are all learning what racing is all about."

"There are no super stars in the stable but hopefully they will all earn their keep," he said.

Ford was trackside to experience the thrill of Tasmanian Beautide winning the Inter Dominion at Menangle on Sunday.

"To be up there competing the same day Beautide won the Inter Dominion was just a magical experience and it is something I will remember for as long as I live."

"To do what he did to that field and make them look ordinary makes him a very special horse - I'd say he was a freak," he said.

By Peter Staples

 

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