TASMANIA’S leading harness trainer Phillip Ford plans to campaign a team in New South Wales during June-July.
Ford, who will win the state training premiership by a huge margin, plans to travel a small but select team of seven horses ranging from C0 class pacers to class six performers, departing Hobart on June 9.
“My brother Scott (Ford) will look after the team in Sydney and they’ll be staying at Richard Hancock’s stables,” Ford said.
“Most of the horses in the team have either met their mark in Tasmania or will have more opportunities in NSW.”
Ford’s team to travel to NSW comprises Cullens Angel, Pans Illusion, Sweeten The Pot, Marossi, Secret Rendezvous, Pennys Dragon and Ulos.
Cullens Angel will tackle a M0 only mares’ race at Harold Park on June 18 and Sweeten The Pot and Marossi also are expected to run that night.
“I’ve picket out a few races for some of them but I’ll finalise all of their first starts by the end of this week,” he said.
Ford also confirmed his nephew Nathan Ford will also make frequent trips to Sydney for specific driving engagements.
“Nathan will drive Cullens Angel in al of her races because he knows her well and she goes good for him and he also will drive a few others while he’s up there,” the trainer said.
Scott Ford, who is one of Tasmania’s best reinsmen, will stay with the team that is expected to be away for a month.
“The horses that have met their mark here in Tassie will be offered for sale but horses such as Cullens Angel and Sweeten The Pot will definitely be returning to Tasmania,” Scott said.
This has been Phillip Ford’s best season as a trainer with 80 wins already registered and a likelihood of him reaching 100.
“I won the premiership a few years ago and did it with 36 winners so this is easily my best season,” Ford said.
“It would be great to train 100 winners because it’s a personal milestone but it takes a lot of people to make it happen.
“I have really good people around me including my wife Tammy along with Scott, Nathan and a few very reliable stable hands.”
“I have a great band of owners including Gary Rogers, Peter Walker and John Reid who stuck with me when things weren’t going so well.”
“Those three owners I have mentioned have all invested heavily in the industry so it’s great that they are being rewarded with winners,” he said.