Day At The Track

Abbey Holdaway gets the best out of Jogo Bonito

11:00 AM 20 Sep 2014 NZST
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Abbey Holdaway - Turned Jogo Bonito around quickly
Abbey Holdaway - Turned Jogo Bonito around quickly
Abbey Holdaway

Young harness racing trainer Abbey Holdaway notched her second career win at Alexandra Park last night and but for a stroke of luck she may have been lost to the industry.

After stints with Geoff Small and Dale Cameron, Holdaway was actually looking for employment in the administration sector when Todd Mitchell offered her part-time work.

“I used to manage the Royal Oak Tab for a couple of years but always loved working with horses.

"I didn’t think I could earn an income in the harness racing industry again until Todd offered me work."

And then when Gene Robb left Mitchell’s early last year, Holdaway was offered full-time employment working alongside the four-time New Zealand Cup winning reinsman.

She helps Mitchell work his team of about 13 in Tauwhare

Holdaway was born in Auckland and educated at Pukekohe High School.

“I wasn’t born into a harness racing family but soon learnt all about it when I was working for Geoff and then Dale.

“Todd has also taught me heaps and I'm grateful to him for giving me the opportunity to train.

"I am really enjoying it, I have no desire to drive – I’ll leave that to the professionals.

Last night Abbey lined up the 5 year old Monarchy gelding Jogo Bonito for the first time in the CO trot over 2200 meters at Alexandra Park.

Previously in the barn of part owner Steven Reid, Jogo Bonito had shown any amount of promise at his previous 12 starts, racking up four placings but never really delivering on his potential.

Away safely for Abbey's boss and partner Todd Mitchell, Jogo Bonito settled fifth early before Todd slotted him into the one out one back position with 1400 meters to go.

There was no changes from there until approaching the home turn where Todd peeled Jogo Bonito three wide and dashed away for a very impressive 5 3/4 length victory.

Jogo Bonito trotted the 2200 meters from a stand in 2:54.1 with closing sectionals of 61.3 and 30.

The way Jogo Bonito won tonight would suggest that Abbey Holdaway might not have to wait long for career win number three as a trainer.

Harnesslink Media 


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