War­wick and Pur­don a strong team

PAC­ING

Kalgoorlie Miner - - SPORT - Neale Harvey

Lead­ing reins­man Ryan War­wick’s affin­ity with the Golden Mile Trot­ting Club con­tin­ues tonight in four key drives for Perth trainer Greg Bond.

Bond’s sta­ble fore­man War­wick will split the driv­ing du­ties, across eight run­ners, with Nathan Pur­don.

They proved a for­mi­da­ble com­bi­na­tion dur­ing last month’s an­nual car­ni­val and have a drive apiece in races 4, 5 and 6.

Twenty years af­ter he took his first drive, War­wick, 37, is a busy man at the helm of a large Bond sta­ble.

It calls for daily starts of 4am, but he rel­ishes the chal­lenge of run­ning a tight ship.

“I’ve been with Bondy prob­a­bly three years now and at the start, it was 30 horses,” he said.

“Right now, we’ve got 56 but he (Bond) has since put in a fast work track of nearly 1100m.

“He used to have a main­te­nance man, but he’s moved on, so I do a bit of every­thing else, too — the cu­rat­ing, fenc­ing, check­ing the sprinklers and what­ever else.

“But I pre­fer to start early, es­pe­cially with so many horses, other- wise you just don’t get them done.”

War­wick has fond mem­o­ries of cut­ting his teeth at the GMTC.

“Bondy lived there (in Kal­go­or­lie-Boul­der) and it’s his idea to get up as of­ten as pos­si­ble,” he said.

“One of his big things is to win a Kal­go­or­lie Cup, which he hasn’t done yet.

“For me, when I first kicked off, I was with Pe­ter Fairless in South­ern Cross and the first 12 months was driv­ing in Kal­go­or­lie, so I re­ally en­joy get­ting back there.”

Pic­ture: Michael O’Brien

Driver Ryan War­wick.

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