Day At The Track

Top Queensland driver, McCarthy in Perth

03:11 AM 10 Nov 2010 NZDT
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Andrew McCarthy
Andrew McCarthy
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Top young Queensland harness racing driver Andrew McCarthy has arrived in Perth to take care of the John McCarthy trained Motu Crusader in the lead-up to the Group One Golden Nugget and McInerney Ford Classics.

Motu Crusader won an $18,000 heat of the NZ Sires Stakes last year before finishing unplaced in the final won by Sir Lincoln. He also finished second in the Queensland Derby shortly after being brought to Australia.

The youngest son of John McCarthy, Andrew McCarthy has a record the envy of many senior drivers.

As a 24yo McCarthy has won 415 races in Australia across Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. In addition he has driven extensively in the USA at major tracks with his 3643 American drives yielding a further 447 winners of more than $6.43 million.

Four of his wins in the USA have been times of 1:50 or better.

With a career tally of 862 winners of just on $8.4 million, there are few of his age with a better driving record than McCarthy.

Trainer Greg Bond has engaged McCarthy to drive In The Force in Friday night's Parliamentarians Cup for his first drive in this State.

McCarthy's older brother Luke won the 2007 WA Oaks behind Fleur De Lil.

Lewis looks for answers elsewhere in Parliamentarians Cup

Chris Lewis has elected to drive the pole-marker Ima Spicey Lombo for trainer Ross Olivieri in the 2010 Parliamentarians Cup on Friday night and trainer Tony Svilicich has engaged Brian Kersley for Has The Answers.

The combination of Olivieri and Lewis have produced 376 of Olivieri's 774 winners in Perth as a trainer.

In what easily ranks as the strongest Parliamentarians Cup yet run the three finalists in the 2009/10 WA Harness Horse of the Year Award in Im Themightyquinn, Has The Answers and Ima Rocket Star will clash with rising star Jumbo Operator and an extremely strong supporting cast.

A complete list of placegetters in the Parliamentarians Cup follows:

Year Place Horse Trainer Driver
1993 1 Hilarion Star C L (Colin Cummins A C (Chris) Lewis
1993 2 Leg Before A R (Alan) Tuthill A R (Alan) Tuthill
1993 3 Justaboyden A M (Ainsley) Williams F R (Fred) Kersley
1994 1 Tricky Bey G E (Gary) Hall (Snr) G E (Gary) Hall (Snr)
1994 2 Admirals Crest W J H (Bill) Horn F R (Fred) Kersley
1994 3 Special Tara A G (Aub) Nelson A G (Aub) Nelson
1995 1 Admirals Ecstasy T B (Trevor) Warwick T B (Trevor) Warwick
1995 2 Norms Daughter N J (Neil) Lloyd K L (Kellie) Kersley
1995 3 Just Packapunch M G (Mike) Reed M G (Mike) Reed
1996 1 Two Time Sunset R W (Ross) Keys R W (Ross) Keys
1996 2 Sir Lektor R P (Ronan) Hargadon G E (Gary) Hall (Snr)
1996 3 Western Gentleman V K (Vivienne) Moran A C (Chris) Lewis
1997 1 Try A Fluke J T (Justin) Warwick J T (Justin) Warwick
1997 2 Super Strike R A (Ross) Olivieri A C (Chris) Lewis
1997 3 Judicial M G (Mike) Reed M G (Mike) Reed
1998 1 Heros Knight R A (Ross) Olivieri A C (Chris) Lewis
1998 2 Deposit Paid M A (Murray) Lindau M A (Murray) Lindau
1998 3 Experte J T (Justin) Warwick G L (Grant) Williams
1999 1 Our London Pride G E (Gary) Hall (Snr) A C (Chris) Lewis
1999 2 Lord Marques K A (Ken) White A R (Aiden) Warwick
1999 3 Admirals Avenue J T (Justin) Warwick J T (Justin) Warwick
2000 1 Franco Swift M B (Mark) Reed L B (Lindsay) Harper
2000 2 Willy Jones K N (Kim) Prentice K N (Kim) Prentice
2000 3 Skippers Trick M B (Mark) Reed M B (Mark) Reed
2001 1 Cam Brydon J D (Jason) Fry L B (Lindsay) Harper
2001 2 Simply Electric J T (Justin) Warwick M B (Mark) Reed
2001 3 Lloyd Boy K N (Kim) Prentice K N (Kim) Prentice
2002 1 Another Party M G (Mike) Reed L B (Lindsay) Harper
2002 2 Golden Gears L M (Laurel) Schofield N A (Natalie) Duffy
2002 3 Of Auld Aberdeen T (Tony) Svilicich J S (Jason) Vella
2003 1 Jimmy Nail M N (Mike) Beech A C (Chris) Lewis
2003 2 Buck The Odds P L (Peter) Anderson P L (Peter) Anderson
2003 3 Get Serious S J (Shannon) Suvaljko S J (Shannon) Suvaljko
2004 1 Money Magnet G F J (Greg) Bond C D (Colin) Brown
2004 2 Nats Nifty P J (Phil) Duggan C A (Callan) Suvaljko
2004 3 Ohoka Ace A L (Andrew) De Campo A L (Andrew) De Campo
2005 1 Maheer Lord G L (Grant) Williams G L (Grant) Williams
2005 2 Dufflecoat Flyer R A (Ross) Olivieri A C (Chris) Lewis
2005 3 Roadless Travelled S R (Shane) Young S R (Shane) Young
2006 1 Competitive Edge J P (Jon) Gavin A C (Chris) Lewis
2006 2 Lightning Jake T B N (Tracey) Reed S C (Shane) Butterworth
2006 3 Its No Fake J (Jim) Balduci M L Woodley
2007 1 Capitol V M G (Mike) Reed M B (Mark) Reed
2007 2 De Galdearno D M (Debbie) Padberg S J (Shannon) Suvaljko
2007 3 Hilton Adonis G E (Gary) Hall (Snr) K N (Kim) Prentice
2008 1 Hayton Brain D J (Donald) Harper D J (Donald) Harper
2008 2 Roydon Holmes T (Tony) Svilicich K J (Kyle) Harper
2008 3 Spirit Of Shard G E (Gary) Hall (Snr) G E (Gary) Hall (Jnr)
2009 1 Has The Answers T (Tony) Svilicich M L Woodley
2009 2 Our Malabar R J (Bob) Mellsop R J (Bob) Mellsop
2009 3 Alzona G E (Gary) Hall (Snr) G E (Gary) Hall (Jnr)

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