Jones's placement vindicated

Gimmefiveminutesmore holds off The Night Hawk (inner) and Four Starzzz Shiraz to win the Forbury...
Gimmefiveminutesmore holds off The Night Hawk (inner) and Four Starzzz Shiraz to win the Forbury Park Claimers Series Final last night for driver Brent Barclay. PHOTO: JONNY TURNER.
Having his travel plans put on hold paid off when Gimmefiveminutesmore won last night's Forbury Park Claimers Series final.

Driver Brent Barclay rated the Mark Jones-trained 4yr-old perfectly in front and he determinedly held off his rivals to win the $10,000 feature.

Instead of contesting the final, Gimmefiveminutesmore might have been thousands of kilometres away in a much warmer climate.

"The owners sent me the horse so that he could race from my Australian stable," Jones said.

"Once I got him, I thought he might be suited to racing here for a bit longer first."

It could be a case of the colder the better for Gimmefiveminutesmore.

The pacer not only thrived the longer the annual race series went into winter, but also in splashing around in the chilly sea at Waikouaiti Beach.

Jones left Gimmefiveminutesmore with Waikouaiti trainer Amber Hoffman after his win in the final heat of the series at the same track last week and he raced in Hoffman's colours.

"We will send him for a spell now and he could come back and race on the West Coast circuit or somewhere like that," the Burnham trainer said.

"He had had four wins from 12 starts for Greg and Nina Hope [at Woodend Beach] when I got him.

"He should probably go back to them if he is not going to Australia, because they have done all of the work with him."

Gimmefiveminutesmore started what is set to be a huge weekend for Jones in the best possible fashion.

The transtasman trainer has runners racing at Addington, Alexandra Park, Newcastle and Albion Park this weekend.

Hoffman scored two wins in her own name last night.

She combined with Barclay as driver to win race 1 with Winning Bones, and produced Imran Khan to win the feature trot, with Kimberly Butt in the sulky.

There was no doubt about which wins were the most popular with the training and driving fraternity at Forbury Park last night.

Well-wishers rushed to congratulate Ascot Park trainer Steve Lock after his victories with Dreaminsover in race 3 and Kansas City Jim in race 7.

Both horses sat off the speed and came with big finishes for driver Rory McIlwrick.

Lock said he was delighted to score the second training double of his career.

"This is what dreams are made of," the trainer said.

He may skip next Thursday's Forbury Park meeting in order to race his winning duo at the Addington meeting the following night.

"It is a good excuse to go up and see my son and my grandkids," Lock said.

The double helped continue the rejuvenation of McIlwrick's career. The reinsman has scored four wins since his return to driving in May after taking time out from harness racing.

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