Alabar Southern Supremacy Stakes
- 14 April 2015
Cambridge breeder and owner Ollie Haines admits it is hard to get excited when you've won two New Zealand Cups but gained a lot of satisfaction from the win of I'm Full Of Excuses in the group two Alabar Southern Supremacy Stakes.
He bred and races I'm Full Of Excuses in partnership with wife Irene and the pair were on course at Ascot Park on Sunday for their biggest win since relocating their bloodstock to Southland about 15 years ago. Haines said he's got more than 20 horses in the province, most of them based at Macca Lodge.
“They all graze there, are broken in there and have one or two preparations,” he said. “After they've had a run along, I give them to one of the Barrons to train.”
His first contact with the Barron family was about 40 years ago when he was on the executive of the Trotting Conference and Ron Barron was a local representative. He said the only land he has is a residential section in the middle of Cambridge so when looking for somewhere to keep his equine team, lower costs and his trust in the people he deals with made the south an attractive proposition.
I'm Full Of Excuses was trained and driven by Ron Barron's son Clark who was already having a day to remember, having earlier driven his 1000th New Zealand winner. The gelding is by Jereme's Jet from Minnie Me, a Holmes Hanover mare from the classy Happy Hazel. Minnie Me was based at Highview Standardbreds in Riverton and in foal to Jereme's Jet when Haines was alerted to her availability. He enlisted the help of Clark Barron's father in law, former studmaster Owen Crooks, to secure her.
“She was on Standardbreds online, I looked her up then got Owen to have look. He said 'she's alright but she's close to foaling' so I made an electronic funds transfer and asked Owen to pick her up. She foaled 10 to 12 days later.”
Minnie Me has subsequently left fillies by Rocknroll Hanover, Changeover and Somebeachsomewhere. I'm Full Of Excuses began his career on a high note with a winning double at Ascot Park in September and ended his three year old campaign on an identical note with another winning double there, culminating in the group two victory. He has now earned himself a decent break.