Teal pants campaign underway

NZ HARNESS NEWS

The second annual teal pants campaign got underway on Friday and two ladies chalked up wins to kickstart the six-week fundraising effort.

Sheree Tomlinson, at Otaki to drive Michael House’s sizeable team, opened the account with an easy win behind the maidener, Xmas Bay.

A couple of hours later, Sarah O’Reilly got the chocolates with the consistent Doctor Tom in a junior drivers’ race at Addington.

Each win put $400 in the kitty courtesy of donation agreements from Harness Racing New Zealand, Woodlands Stud and the Clubs holding the meetings.

There is also a starting fund of $2500 thanks to donations from the Otago Awards Committee and Stuart and Marg Valentine.

O’Reilly was thrilled to help the cause, and to win her second race in a row on Doctor Tim, who is trained by Geoff Dunn.

“It was really good to win; it’s a great cause and I’m proud to be a part of it.

“He’s really nice to drive and always gives his best in every race.

“He tries his hardest and not every horse does that.”

Doctor Tim surged in to a gap at the 200-metre mark and burned past his opponents for a comprehensive victory.

“I had to be really patient, but when you save him up for one run, he really explodes.”

O’Reilly was on her way to Orari on Saturday morning, with her father, fellow driver Gerard, who has driven Doctor Time 11 times for six placings.

“I’ve got the bragging rights there,” she quipped.

“But I would never tell him how to drive.”

The win was O’Reilly’s sixth for the season and 10th of her career, making her next target obvious.

“I’m hoping I can get five more winners this season to get 15, which will mean I can drive on premier nights.

“The season has been going really well; I’ve had a lot of support from Bruce Negus, Geoff Dunn, Dean Taylor and my dad.”

** Please note there has since been two more female driving wins - Colleen Negus and Kerryn Tomlinson

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