Win a tonic for Ian Small

By Duane Ranger

 If any horseman deserved a break in life then that man is Ian Small.

 The 42-year-old Maramarua trainer notched up his 250th career win on the second day of Manawatu meeting on Wednesday when Chillysjustastrutter won the $8,000 ITM Manawatu mobile for C2 to C6 pacers.

 Small said he wanted to train more but had been limited by what he can do due to kidney failure.

 He plans his race-days, training schedule, and trials around his dialysis treatment which sees him plug into a machine for five hours every two days.

 “It’s not as bad as it sounds and having the dialysis machine at home means I can make the disease work for me and not the other way around.

 “I usually work ‘Chilly’ in the morning and then when I get home I plug into the machine. You feel so great after it. I’m fine with it. I’m still training horses and that’s something I’ve always loved,” Small said.

 Chillysjustastrutter settled near the rear from her second row draw on Wednesday. Driver Andre Poutama bided his time until the three-wide train took them forward down the back straight the last time.

 Poutama then made his move at the 300m and looped the field to win with a sustaining run wide out by 1-1/2 lengths. She was the sixth favourite of 10 and paid $17.10 to win.

 The 5-year-old Sutter Hanover mare paced the 2000m mobile in 2:29 even (mile rate 1:59.8) with final 800m and 400m sprints of 61 even and 30.2. It was the fifth win in 34 starts and she’s now banked $45,556.

 “She’s much better than some give her credit for. She won with a 1:57.6 mile rate on the track last year and she is a good follower. She’s also been pretty unlucky lately. Andre drove her really well.

 “He let her go at just the right time and he pulled the pulled just when she needed that extra sprint. Yes very happy,” said Small who trains the mare for her Maramarua owner/breeders Neville and Dawn Meredith.

 Small has trained 215 winners since taking out his licence in 1998. He’s also conditioned 35 more with Derek Balle when they were in partnership from 2000 to 2002. All up Small has won more than $2.3 million in stakes.

 His best years came in 2011 and 2012 when he won 81 ($963,475) and 79 ($691,329) races respectively when his brother Geoff was suspended.

 Meanwhile the Ferguson family provided the highlight of the first day of the Manawatu meeting on Monday when they won half the card (four races) between them.

 Mum, Wendy trained God’s Delight to win the first event and then Stormy Breeze in race six. Husband and Dad, Peter drove the duo as well as the Brent Weaver trained Successful Woman in the eighth.

 Son, Dylan also chimed in with a victory in race four behind the Weaver trained Miss Badlands.

Hometown junior driver Andre Poutama provided the individual highlight on the second night winning three races behind the Greg Payne trained Portia in race three, the Small trained Chillysjustastrutter in race six, and the Payne trained Strathbridge Regal in the last of the eight races.