Champion Canadian driver Jody Jamieson has arrived in Ballarat with his sights on being a major player in Australasia’s biggest and most prestigious harness racing series.
The two-time world champion has drives in the Inter Dominion pacing and trotting championships’ second round heats at Ballarat’s Bray Raceway on Tuesday night.
He has already made a mark.
Jamieson, 42, drove emerging trotter Maori Law to an impressive second in the opening round of heats at Melton on Saturday night.
While a modest Jamieson did not give himself any credit for the drive, he believes the Seymour-trained Maori Law has much more to offer.
Maori Law only returned to racing August after a year off owing to injury and after six runs back still has plenty of improvement in him.
Jamieson said with a solid bank of points secured at Melton, he could focus on ensuring Maori Law reached the group $150,000 final at Melton on Saturday, December 15.
He said he would be better for the experience of a “warm-up” drive on Maori Law.
He will also drive Sydney-trained Yayas Hot Spot in the second pacing heat after a first-up sixth.
Jamieson said he was enjoying his second visit to Australia, having previously travelled downunder for the 2015 world driving championships. He drove in Victoria and NSW, but this is his first time in Ballarat.
He is primarily in Australia with his family as the keynote speaker for the Harness Racing Australia national conference, with driving opportunities a bonus.
He said it was a privilege to be driving in the world renowned event.
As well as being a premier reinsman, the Toronto-based Jamieson trained a team of 12.
With the 2001 and 2011 world championship titles behind him, the three-time Canadian driver of the year has more than 7800 wins to his credit for $126.5m in earnings.
This is the first time Ballarat and District Trotting Club has been the venue for Inter Dominion heats. A nine-race card features three pacing and two trotting heats. Fields page 33