HAYJOSHANDCO ON WINNING RUN
ROCHESTER owners Stuart and Pam McDonald recently enjoyed two wins in six days with their pacer Hayjoshandco.
Trained at Shepparton by Dave Farrar, the Grinfromeartoear fiveyear-old won his heat of a CO series on the Tuesday night and repeated the result in the $10,200 final on New Year’s night at the recent lucrative Leeton MIA Breeders Plate carnival in NSW.
Euroa horseman Cameron Maggs drove the pacer to the wins in which Hayjoshandco led from pillar to post on both occasions.
In the final Hayjoshandco was headed on the home bend but fought back to regain the lead – and win at the nice odds of 5/1.
The pacer gets his name from a bit each of Stuart and Pam McDonald’s children’s Christian names – Hayley, Josh, Andrew and Cooper.
Farrar said Hayjoshandco hasn’t any really high speed but keeps plugging away and is “pretty tough”.
He has an eye on another heat-final scenario with the pacer with heats being run at tonight’s Kilmore meeting.
Hayjoshandco has had just the 10 starts and has now had three wins from his past four. He also won at the Shepparton meeting on December 7.
Nanneella trained pacer Lights And Music celebrated his 140th race start with a return to the winning list at last Friday’s Shepparton meeting.
Trained by Col Godden and driven by Josh Duggan, Lights And Music ended a 23-race run of outs with his victory in a C1 Only heat over the 2190m trip.
The nine-year-old Jet Laag gelding’s previous win was February 2016 when he won at Cobram.
But Lights And Music had put the writing on the wall to make a return to the winning list with a second placing at Elmore on Boxing Day and then a close-up fourth at the Echuca New Year’s night meeting in the lead-up to the Shepparton race.
Lights And Music’s driver Josh Duggan produced a 10-out-of-10 drive to get the veteran back on the winning list, where he has been a consistent money spinner for connections during his career with 16 wins and 37 minor placings for more than $94,000 in prizemoney earnings.
Trainer Dave Farrar with Hayjoshandco who won his heat and then the $10,200 final at Leeton on New Year’s night.