Mark Jones is a trainer to follow very closely this Friday night

Dec 8, 2016 Trainer Interviews

Burnham trainer Mark Jones has three horses lining up at The Park on Friday night and all three look very strong chances of taking home the cash. His team of three will be headlined by his star pacing mare Rocker Band as she looks for further Group race glory when she takes on the Group 3 Northern Breeders Stakes. The AP newsdesk caught up with the talented trainer/driver to assess how the team was heading into Friday night and you would have to sense that there was an air of confidence that he could turn the tables on a couple of the highly fancied Purdon / Rasmussen trained runners. Here's what Mark had to say.

Race 1 (1) The Bus – “He’s come up quite nicely for this first up run. He’s a natural 2YO and we have been really pleased so far by what he has showing us in his work at home and out on the trial track. First up is always the main concern for any horse but for a 2YO having their first look at The Park, it’s just that little bit tougher again. In saying that though, all bar one are in the same camp so that evens the ledger out a bit. Plus he’s worked right-handed and acquitted himself well. He’s a well mannered young horse and safely through this week, we will head into the Young Guns Series starting next week and hopefully perform well in those. He’s Australian bred so he does have a few options if he isn’t able to measure up to the top level here but we’re giving him his chance here first and from the inside barrier this week, we would be disappointed if he wasn’t able to get himself into the finish.”

Race 5 (7) Delightful Memphis – “She is racing in great heart and continues to give her all out there every time that she races. She may be one run short but she is a classy filly and that will take her a long way. We haven’t drawn inside Spanish Armada too many times so this may be our chance to get one back over her and take some good confidence into the rest of the series.”

Race 7 (7) Rocker Band – “She’s been with Barry a few months now and he’s got her going as good as she’s ever gone. You can’t fault what she’s done here at The Park over recent months and showed she is ready to take another step up with a really good workout victory on the weekend just gone. Dream About Me is the one to beat and running second to her would be great but my mare is going as good as she can and you have to be in it to win it. We will reassess where she’s at after this weeks race but the Queen Of Hearts looks likely for next week and then all going well, we may progress towards the Auckland Cup. If her form shows that shes up to it, then she deserves her chance against the big boys but this is racing and that is still 3 weeks away just yet.”

AP Newsdesk

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