JACK TRAINOR TAKES REINS BEHIND DR SUSAN IN BATHURST BRACELET HEAT
By Jeff Scott
Senior Kentuckiana Lodge trainer Cran Dalgety is excited to renew a long association with former stable junior, and for the last seven years, NSW-domiciled driver, Jack Trainor.
“Anthony (Butt) is carrying a delayed driving suspension into Monday (ironically from driving Dr Susan) so Jack is going to drive Dr Susan for us in a Gold Bracelet heat at Bathurst on Monday,” Cran said.
“Ants is off to Perth this week with Line Up to prepare for the WA Derby, but he’ll be back to drive Dr Susan in the Bracelet Final on Saturday week (March 28).”
Cran will be delighted to hand the maroon and white silks over to Jack on Monday.
Dunedin-raised Jack, the son of Otago trainer Daryl and wife Anne, began his harness career working for Cran at weekends when a schoolboy.
He reined 17 winners in two seasons as a junior for Kentuckiana Lodge, when also guided in raceday competition by champion Dexter Dunn, also then employed by Cran Dalgety.
Jack’s first win was behind former Kentuckiana Lodge stable runner Hip Hop Anvil at Addington in a junior drivers race on September 9, 2011.
Jack began working in NSW for Shane Tritton, and has continued to cement himself as one of NSW’s more successful drivers in recent years, also working for Kevin Pizzuto and Blake Fitzpatrick.
He has also picked up drives for former Canterbury horsemen, Tim and Anthony Butt, and has also helped out driving Menangle runners for West Melton trainer, Paul Court.
He reined Australasian mile record holder My Field Marshal (1:46.9) to win a free-for-all at Menangle for Tim Butt early last month.
Jack has driven over 250 winners, including winning the 2017 NSW Rising Stars Championship. He has driven 56 winners this season, and is sixth on this season’s NSW drivers premiership,