Day At The Track

Williamson clan dominate Gore

11:48 PM 28 Dec 2014 NZDT
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The mighty Williamson brothers - Brad - Matthew - Nathan
The mighty Williamson brothers - Brad - Matthew - Nathan
Brads Kenny
Dwindle Mist
Kiwi Focus
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The Gore Harness Racing Club was the scene yesterday of just another reminder of how talented the Williamson clan is when the family completely dominated the Xmas meeting.

Phil tends to take a back seat this days as his three sons have gone about establishing themselves as top horsemen in their own right.

Race one was a portent of things to come for the day when the Phil Williamson barn runner Brads Kenny absolutely bolted in on debut by 8 3/4 lengths with Nathan and Brad driving the minor placegetters for a "Williamson" tfifecta.

A 3 year old son of Monarchy from the former 3 year old Trotting Filly of the year in One Over Kenny ($87,919), Brads Kenny was purchased by Phil Williamson for the Met Eight Syndicate at the 2013 sales at Christchurch for $26,000.

Even though he qualified at two, Brads Kenny has been given plenty of time before making his debut yesterday.

Driver Matthew Williamson was suitably impressed with yesterday's effort.

" It was a real good effort for a young trotter having his first start"

" He does have great manners though so I thought he would do things right," Matthew told Harnesslink today.

" He is not very big like a lot of that "Kenny" breed but he is beautifully gaited and has a future," Matthew said.

No one in the stable is getting too carried away at this stage and plans at the moment are to set him for the Northern Southland meeting on January 15th.

"We will just race him in the grades down here and see how he progresses," Matthew said.

Not to be outdone, Nathan Williamson trained and drove the short priced winner of race 2 in Statham.

Another making his debut yesterday, Statham was sent out a $1:50 shot on the back of some impressive trials performances.

The 3 year old son of Bettor's Delight is from a full sister in blood to the former Harness Jewels winner in Joyfuljoy 1:51.3 ($339,612).

After qualifying Statham as a 2 year old in 2:00.2 for the mile, Nathan turned him out to strengthen up.

" The owners have been really patient and I think it will pay dividends in the long run."

"He won yesterday on raw talent and great manners but I don't think you will see the best of him until he is four"

"He is such a big horse and when he matures he will make a lovely older horse," Nathan said.

No sooner had Nathan won race 2 then he was at it again taking out race 5 with the talented Sundon trotting mare Dwindle Mist. 

Starting off 40 metres behind, Dwindle Mist came with a strong staying run from well back in the field to grab her fourth win in her last six starts.

Nathan thought the two false starts may have undone her yesterday.

" She caused the first false start when she went through the barrier strand and then on the second attempt she got the tape around her legs.

"On the third attempt she bounded away but came down quickly but settled well back so I didn't think I could win the race from back there."

"When I looked up at the 800 metres, we were miles from the leaders but she ran home great," Nathan said.

Trained for her first two wins by his father Phil, Dwindle Mist was sent to Nathan to give her a change of scenery and she hasn't looked back.

"She is really in the zone at the moment and I don't think she has stopped winning yet."

"We will head to Roxburgh next where she will be off 50 metres but I don't think that will stop her, Nathan said.

To cap off a great day, Nathan trained and drove his third winner for the meeting when the Jereme's Jet 4 year old mare Kiwi Focus took out the last at odds of 27 to 1.

Last early in the 14 horse field, Kiwi Focus was three wide for nearly a lap before finding the death at the 900 metres mark and then proved too strong in the straight for the Dexter Dunn driven Ohoka Royal in a 2:00.6 mile rate.

Nathan was quietly confident of a big run prior to the race.

"Her work at home has been excellent and everything pointed to a big run"

"She finished close up behind Statham at the recent trials in a 56.6 half so I thought she would go good"

" I cant believe she paid $27.00 but the owners are happy because they had a punt on her," Nathan said.

All things considered it was a great day for the Williamson boys and the way their horses went it might pay to follow them over the holiday period.

Harnesslink Media 


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