Cox & Hoffman partnership to end

By Matt Markham - Twitter: @MattMarkham07

One of New Zealand’s more successful training partnerships over the past few years will cease today.

Westwood Beach trainers, Jonny Cox and Amber Hoffman are going their respective ways after Kilkenny Turk and Sunny Demon race at Winton this afternoon.

It brings to an end a whirlwind training partnership in which the pair dominated the Otago and Southland scene winning 37 races in their first season and had added a further 15 to the tally this season – including a Group One success with Jaccka Justy in the Dominion Handicap during Cup Week.

As it currently stands, Hoffman will continue train on her own account with the majority of the racing team staying in her care.

Cox will shift to Canterbury to take up a position in the stable of Ken Barron at West Melton.

Cox still plans on being available to drive the majority of the team when it suits and that will see him on board Jaccka Justy and New Years Jay when they target Group One features at Addington in the next fortnight.

Both trekked to the Southland trials on Wednesday and walked away impressive victors.

New Year’s Jay, who will tackle the NZ Breeders Stakes on Friday night, was privately timed to run her last 800 metres in 54.9 seconds, coming from last to run down Pulp Fiction and Sheeza Shark.

Jaccka Justy – who when last at the races finished an unlucky second behind Kincaslough – was also timed to run his last 800 metres in 56.5 seconds in winning off his 40 metre handicap.