Outstanding young West Australian trainer-reinsman Corey Peterson will continue his burgeoning career in Sydney as private trainer for prominent owner Mick Harvey.
The 20-year-old Peterson will drive across the Nullarbor this week, pulling a float containing smart Harvey-owned pacers Cant Refuse and Runaway Three.
He said he was looking forward with considerable anticipation to training Harvey’s team of pacers, as well as some outside horses, and driving at Menangle.
Peterson’s only experience outside of WA was when he competed in a junior drivers’ series in New Zealand a couple of years ago. He is about two winners short of achieving his 200th winner, and he leaves WA as the State’s leading concession driver this season with 20 wins, 17 seconds and 21 thirds from 175 drives.
He has had considerable success with Runaway Three, driving the gelding to six Gloucester Park victories, and Cant Refuse, a pacer he has prepared and driven for eight Gloucester Park starts for two wins and three placings. He also has trained and driven the six-year-old Bettors Delight gelding Shanway at his eleven WA starts for two wins and five seconds. Shanway, owned by Harvey, will remain in WA and will be prepared by Kim Prentice.
Extradite, a Washington VC gelding trained by Prentice, left WA last week to continue his career in America. He was driven to victory by Peterson in the group 3 Clarke Pace at Gloucester Park in March this year.
Peterson said that his other Group 3 success when he trained and drove veteran pacer One For Dave Andme to victory over rising star To Fast To Serious in the Higgins Memorial in July of last year stood out as the highlight of his fledgling career.
by Ken Casellas