Heads first win a family affair

By Jonny Turner

Rebecca Heads scored her first win and provided her family with a special moment when driving He’s A Ladies Man to victory at Rangiora on Sunday.

The reinswoman notched win number one in style, when the 5yr-old, who is trainer by her employer Nigel McGrath, came with a booming finish.

The victory will be impossible for the Heads family to forget as He’s A Ladies Man is raced by the junior driver’s parents, Billy and Janine Heads.

“Mum and Dad bred him and they own him, so it was a big thrill for the family,” Heads said.

He’s A Ladies Man put Heads’ skills to the test by giving her a challenging drive.

He over raced early, before running erratically in the run home.

Once the junior driver got him balanced in the straight, he powered home impressively.

“He runs in a bit, but once he straightened up he was good,” Heads said.

“He was travelling pretty good before the turn.”

Heads’ first driving victory came in the first drive of her second season of driving.

She had gone close to winning last season with five second placings, before getting her deserved victory on Sunday.

“You have got to have a bit of patience in this game and it has finally paid off.”

The junior driver has worked her way up the South Island to work in the McGrath stable.

After getting her early grounding in driving after progressing through the Kidz Kartz programme in Southland, Heads moved to Otago.

During her time there, she had good support from two trainers, in particular.

“Amber Hoffman gave me a really good go when I was with her,” Heads said.

“And Ginger Woodhouse has given me a lot of drives, as well.”

Heads moved to Canterbury to work for McGrath last season and is thoroughly enjoying her time there.

“I love it at Nigel’s.”

“There is a lot of nice stock to work with.”

Heads’ first win came in her 46th drive and after she had racked up seven placings. 

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