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:
|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)|