Day At The Track

Young drivers in a hurry

04:38 PM 28 May 2019 NZST
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Corey Peterson,Harness racing
Corey Peterson who holds the record for the quickest 50 winners from debut in WA
Jodie Hallows photo

When 18yo Emily Suvaljko drove her 50th winner at the Central Wheatbelt meeting on 19th May she joined an elite group of just five Western Australian drivers to have achieved the 50 wins milestone in less than 500 days.

The list is headed by another of the current concession drivers in Corey Peterson 409 days and he is followed by Morgan Woodley 419 days, Justin Warwick 449 days, Emily Suvaljko 456 days and Maddison Brown 461 days.

Corey Peterson drove his 100th career winner just last Tuesday when successful with Ideal Charm at Gloucester Park and the win was even more significant in that he also trained Ideal Charm.

This season’s Concession Drivers Premiership in Western Australia is dominated by the females and Corey is the only male in the top five on the list which is headed by Jocelyn Young (41 wins), Emily Suvaljko (39), Corey Peterson (36), Deni Roberts (27) and Madeleine Young (25).

Jocelyn achieved a special place in the history of harness racing in Western Australia with a superbly judged drive to win the 2019 Group One WA Oaks on May 3rd with Has No Fear.

Jocelyn became just the fifth female to drive a Group One winner in Western Australia joining Victorian Anne Frawley (Australian Derby and Golden Nugget with Vanderport), Tonia Stampalia (Pearl Classic and 2yo Colts Sires Stakes with Jim Beam and Renascentur), Susan Roberts (2yo Fillies Sires Stakes with Adda Cool Mil) and Kiara Davies (WA Trotters Cup with Sunnys Little Whiz).

Mention ought also to be made of Kellie Kersley, the leading female driver of all time in Western Australia, who drove Norms Daughter to victory in the 1996 Group One Miracle Mile at Sydney’s Harold Park track.

 

Alan Parker

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