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Nathan Williamson continued to pay back owner Dayle Kinzett for his babysitting duties two decades ago with the win of Get Up N Dance at Ascot Park at Invercargill on Saturday.
The pacer sealed a hat-trick of wins for Kinzett and his wife Kay after justifying his favouritism for race 2.
Williamson and Kinzett have developed a strong combination. Williamson has prepared two horses for the breeder-owner in Get Up N Dance and half-sister Shut Up N Dance.
The latter was brilliant in winning her only two starts in a career ended by injury.
Williamson and Kinzett’s successful association goes beyond harness racing when the trainer was just a boy.
“We go back a fair way.
‘‘I used to babysit Nathan,” Kinzett said.
Kinzett and his wife have a 100% strike rate as breeders with Get Up N Dance and Shut Up N Dance the first two horses they have bred.
“Shut Up N Dance is the first one we have bred and raced, but I had raced horses before.”
“We have only had to two to the races and we have got a yearling at Nathan’s.”
“He’s a full brother to Shut Up N Dance and he is coming up quite nicely.”
Shut Up N Dance is just a matter of days away from entering the breeding shed for the first time.
“She is at Nevele R [Stud] and I am going to see her next week.”
“She is booked in to American Ideal.”
Get Up N Dance’s hat-trick came after he produced two wins at Addington during the winter.
The pacer will head back up the road soon in an effort to qualify for the Show Day Futurity Final for which he is paid up.
“His second win at the beginning of August counted, but his first one didn’t so he will be going to Addington next week.”
Williamson and his brothers dominated Saturday’s card.
Brad Williamson scored a hat-trick of driving wins with Miss Crazed (race 7), Back Page News (race 8) and Dont Ask (race 9).
Matthew Williamson produced Wolfenstein to win race 10 in his own colours.
Sporty Charlie undoubtedly produced the performance of the day winning race 6.
The 2yr-old sat parked from the 1300m and reeled off fast closing sectionals to tough out an impressive victory for trainer Brad Morris and driver Brent Barclay.
- Galloper Silent Battler continued his excellent progression by winning the Winton Cup at Ascot Park yesterday.
The 5yr-old made it win five from 10 starts in his first test in open company for Winton trainer Sophie Price.
Canterbury jockey Terry Moseley was in the saddle
Dual-code trainer Michael House completed a rare treble at Ascot Park over the weekend.
House, who trains at Prebbleton, prepared Art Courage to win at the harness meeting on Saturday and won with gallopers Louie Lincoln and Benny Lincoln yesterday.