(By John Jenkins)
The new training partnership of Paul Nelson and Corrina McDougal celebrated their first success when No Tip scored a strong win in the maiden hurdle at Trentham today.
Nelson has been one of Hawke’s Bay’s top trainers for many years, concentrating mainly on jumpers but also achieving great success with flat performers and has produced more than 200 winners since he started training in the mid 1970s.
McDougal has worked, off and on, for Nelson for the past 20 years and has been a regular employee at his Air Hill Station property for the past four. She has also been a licensed trainer herself for 15 years and has produced 17 winners in her own right.
The two joined forces at the beginning of last month and had picked up a few minor placings together before No Tip’s decisive victory in today’s 2500m event.
No Tip was coming off a last start second over 2600m on the flat at Woodville on May 8 and had one hurdle start last year for a fourth over 3100m at Te Aroha.
Jockey Aaron Kuru, who has built up an outstanding record on Nelson-trained horses, was also part of today’s celebration as he got No Tip home for a three-quarter length win over Zartan after the two horses had fought out the finish.
Kuru was not very complimentary about his ride but was happy to get the job done. He settled the seven-year-old midfield and three-wide in the early stages before improving quickly to set out after the front runner Zartan at the top of the home straight. The two jumped the second to last practically on terms but No Tip had gained a slight advantage jumping the last and proved too tough in the run to the line.
“His toughness was the key,” Kuru said.
“I didn’t want the jumpers in front coming back on me so I planted him three-wide but he was still too good.”
No Tip was recording his second win from only seven starts and Nelson agreed that the horse is very tough.
“He’s a nice little horse and has learnt to try very hard,” Nelson said.
“He’s a seven-year-old now so he’s probably ready to do something.”
No Tip is owned by Nelson and his wife Carol and they bred the Mettre En Jeu gelding out of the Grosvenor mare Grosveness.
Grosveness has now ceased breeding but has been a prolific producer of winners for the Nelsons over many years. Others out of the mare include No Change (10 wins), Ho Down (eight wins), No Cash (seven wins), No Governance (three wins) and No Credit (two wins).