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Racing: Three driving three ain’t too bada

Regardless of how the juvenile trot pans out at today's $1.2 million Jewels meeting, champion trotting trainer Phil Williamson will be a proud man.

Which is just as well because the Oamaru horseman (and super sire) isn't quite sure what to expect from the trickiest race of today's harness racing megafest at Ashburton.

Williamson not only trains three of the 13 starters in the $100,000 baby trot (race two) but the trio will be driven by his three sons – Matthew, Nathan and Brad.

"Bev and I couldn't be prouder of them, to have three boys driving in a group one on Jewels Day is pretty special," says Phil.

Nathan may have drawn the family short straw in Majestic Connies, with the other pair Springbank Lachie (Matthew) and Majestic Man (Brad) close to equal favourites.

Father Phil says one is better, but the other better off.

"Majestic Man might have more raw talent, as we have already seen, but he is on the unruly so is going to need luck," he says. "And he may not have the all-round manners of Springbank Lachie.

"Springbank Lachie has the ace draw and the gate speed to use it so he could lead or trail and that puts him a long way in front of the other fella."

Williamson says Springbank Lachie was sick when a well-beaten second at Addington last start but has bounced back well and is the horse to beat in an even field.

"Still, if there are a few breakers and Majestic Man weaves through them and gets handier than we think, he might be too strong.



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