Jamiesons enjoying surprise package


You just never knew where a winner is going to come from, something Putaruru brothers Craig and Tony Jamieson have found out in recent times.

The pair train in partnership and recorded their second win in seven nights with pint-sized pacer Dun It Bad at Cambridge on Thursday night.

They haven’t had the five-year-old son of Badlands Hanover for long – just a matter of months, in fact – and he wasn’t even acquired from former trainer Mike Berger with a race career in mind.

“To be fair, he was only sort of meant to be a pacemaker for our two trotters,” said Tony Jamieson.

“But he kept on improving with each training run he had and eventually we decided to take him to the workouts.”

After a couple of close-up minor placings, Dun It Bad scored up the passing lane over 2700 metres in a junior drivers’ race last week in the hands of local hoop Fergus Schumacher.

Then he’s gone out and done it again last night, winning for fun in the hands of Schumacher once more.

“He surprised us there last night – we didn’t know he had it in him,” said Tony.

“But he’s a really genuine little horse.

“All the family kids love him, he’s so neat to have around.

“The fact that he pays his way is a bonus.”

Family is a major part of the equation for the Jamiesons, who train Dun It Bad for their Whakatane-based parents, Kevin and Cheryl.

“We wear our hearts on our sleeves a bit and were all so excited to win again last night.

“But that’s what it’s all about for us; a real family thing.

“Mum and Dad love it and get a big buzz out of it.”

The brothers both got their grounding in South Auckland stables last decade, but have since moved south and established themselves in different vocations.

Craig was a successful junior driver for Tony Herlihy but now has a delivery run while Tony started out working for Gareth Dixon and is now a farrier.

“I do two studs and that helps to allow us do what we love, which is training horses.

“It’s a privilege to be in partnership with Craig; there is a lot of respect there.

“I just hope we can continue to have success.”

Jamieson also paid tribute to Schumacher, who drove a double last night, the other being Il Pirata for his boss, Ross Paynter.

“Good on Fergus. He’s a young guy who listens and works hard. Those are pretty rare traits in this day and age.

“It was a super drive last week – he never left the paint – and he drove the horse perfectly again last night.

“He deserves every success he gets and for us, part of the thrill was seeing him get the job done.”

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