Family affair for Morrison's first training win


Winning off the unruly in a capacity standing start 2000-metre trot is no easy feat, but No Fears made it look that way at Addington on Friday night.

In the process he gave his new part-owner and trainer, John Morrison, his first training success.

Morrison wasn’t especially surprised by the performance, either.

“He’s got a big motor, it’s just a case of doing things right with him.

“I wasn’t really worried about the unruly, because he does step well enough.”

Morrison has had a few battles with the son of Majestic Son, but thinks he has him figured out now.

“He’s got a few tricks and can be a bit hard to work at home; he can pull a bit and that’s why I let him run first up at Addington.

“But mostly he’s just a lovely old horse that tries like hell.

“He’s got a bigger motor than what he’s shown in the past, but we whether we every see that on race night, I just don’t know.”

Morrison only recently took over the training of the eight-year-old from Patrick O’Reilly after his Aunt, Michelle Baird, sent him the horse on a deal.

“Michelle is my mum’s sister. Their father was Jack McDonald and it was actually his colours that I was wearing last night.

“They hadn’t been out for a while (1982) so it was good to get a win in them with the family connection.”

Morrison is a busy man, splitting his time between farrier work, race driving, helping out Paul Court and training his own team of three.

“Three is plenty for me; I work them around my commitments at Paul’s, where I spend a couple of mornings a week, mostly working on the young ones.

“I took a maiden pacer, Kiwi Bloke, to the trials at Rangiora this week.

“He’s had a couple of placings and has strengthened up a bit more now so should win a race or two with any luck.”

No Fears was destined for the Ascot Park meeting next Saturday, but the win has thrown a spanner in to the works.

“I was going to go to the Wairio meeting but he copped eight points and is now rated out of the race I wanted to go in.

“I think I’ll space his races out each fortnight so maybe Cromwell, or Omakau, something like that.

“Nothing is set in concrete and I’ll probably change my mind.

“I’m just taking each run as it comes and looking forward to racing him.”


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