Strong start to new partnership

9 March 2019




GROUP 2 success at Tabcorp Park Menangle tonight will kick off a great start to a new training partnership in New South Wales.

New Zealand horseman Mark Jones and Hunter Valley conditioner Aaron Goadsby have become the latest to form a new training venture in the state.

And tonight the pair will have their first starters of their official partnership, dually represented in the Allied Express Pink Bonnet (1609m).

“We decided to set up a partnership a couple of weeks ago,” said Goadsby.

“We’ve had a good run together with Mark sending horses from New Zealand here to race and after consulting owners we thought it was the right idea moving forward.

“Mark wanted to give me creditability for the success we’ve been having.”

A horse that the pair have recently had success with is recent Newcastle track record holder The Bus.

The entire has won six of his nine starts this season and won the Lady Drivers Invitational with Natalie Rasmussen in the sulky at Menangle last Saturday night.

He stopped the clock in a career best 1:51.0.

“He has been sent to the paddock for a well-deserved break and we’ll bring him back in time for the Breeders Challenge and go from there,” said Goadsby.

So fresh from The Bus’s success, Jones and Goadsby will turn their attention tonight to their two-year-old fillies Lulu Le Mans and Millwood Tilly.  

Both raced in last week’s Sapling Stakes and are the two fancies for tonight’s feature.

Lulu Le Mans is the $1.95 favourite with TAB Fixed Odds following her third-placed effort last start while Millwood Tilly is at $5 after finishing fourth.

“Both fillies went well against the boys last week,” said Goadsby.

Lulu Le Mans will be driven by Anthony Butt who also drove the daughter of Bettors Delight last week.

“She ran a good race last week and was a bit unlucky,” said Goadsby.

“She’s had a busy week since but her work has been good.

“I’m still getting used to my new place, I’ve been there for three weeks now and the horses are settling in.”

Meanwhile, Millwood Tilly will be driven by Jones himself.

“She went well last week and shocked a few with her run,” said Goadsby.

“She’s another one that her work has been strong and she has been eating well since her last run so all going well, she should put in another good run.”


PHOTO: Trainer Aaron Goadsby with driver Guy Chappel after The Bus setting a new track record at Newcastle. Photo by APB.


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