First win for ju­nior driver at Wyn­d­ham

The Invercargill Eye - - YOUR HEALTH - RE­BECCA MOORE

Fol­low­ing in her fam­ily’s horse­shoe steps, ju­nior driver Ellie Bar­ron is mak­ing her own suc­cess.

Rac­ing had al­ways been in her blood so per­haps that is why, less than a month since her first race­day drive, Bar­ron, on her horse Some­joy, had her first win at Wyn­d­ham on Sun­day.

At just her sixth at­tempt the 22-year-old ju­nior driver said the win was ‘‘pretty special’’.

‘‘Some­joy was my first tri­als win­ner and now my first race win­ner. I’ve also driven her in three work­outs this sea­son and won them all.’’

With gen­er­a­tions of her fam­ily in­volved in horse rac­ing at all lev­els, in­clud­ing train­ing and rac­ing, it came as no sur­prise her pas­sion was with the an­i­mals.

‘‘I just love the horses, which is the big­gest part of it.’’

Bar­ron is the daugh­ter of Clark and Jackie and grand­daugh­ter of for­mer prom­i­nent studmas­ter Owen Crooks and har­ness rac­ing ad­min­is­tra­tor and suc­cess­ful trainer Ron Bar­ron.

Her dad Clark, who has driven 1000 win­ners, is also the Some­joy’s trainer and owner but Bar­ron had been work­ing with the horse for four years in the lead up to the event.

‘‘My in­struc­tions were I wasn’t al­lowed to go back, to give her a wee breather and bring her back in one piece,’’ she said.

‘‘About the top of the straight I thought I was home but then heard them com­ing, I just screamed at her and she tried.’’

She fin­ished with a time of 1:55.6.

The win came early in her ca­reer. For some it can take 20 or even hun­dreds of races be­fore some driv­ers get their first win, Bar­ron said.

She gave credit to her horse for the suc­cess.

Her equine in­volve­ment be­gan in the Makarewa Pony Club when she was 7 years old, and in­cluded be­ing part of a team that won the South Is­land Club’s show jump­ing cham­pi­onship.

Since then she has had a busy sched­ule study­ing phys­io­ther­apy at Otago Univer­sity for four years and grad­u­at­ing at the end of last year. ‘‘I work ev­ery morn­ing at the sta­bles and then part time, 20 hours a week, at Spots Med in In­ver­cargill,’’ she said.

Ear­lier on Sun­day, Bar­ron also ran fourth on the trot­ter Mass In­va­sion, which is owned by her grand­fa­ther Owen Crooks, to add to the pre­vi­ous start fourth, and sec­ond the start be­fore that, on the same horse.

WILD RANGE PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

Ju­nior driver Ellie Bar­ron, with her par­ents Jackie and Clark Bar­ron af­ter her first win at Wyn­d­ham on Sun­day.

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