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Outstanding reinsman Chris Voak has resumed training pacers and he made a perfect start to his new venture — after an absence of almost 12 years — when he drove four-year-old You Fly With Me to a smart all-the-way victory at Gloucester Park on Tuesday night.
This was his first success as a trainer for eleven and a half years — since he trained Telford Eldeejay for her win at Gloucester Park on December 7, 2010. That was one of his final starters in his initial stint as a trainer when he prepared 21 winners from 229 runners — before he concentrated on his career as a driver.
Voak, who has driven 28 winners this year, has been one of the State’s best drivers over the past decade, landing more than a hundred winners every season in the past ten years. He drove 156 winners in 2021 after a massive tally of 264 winners earned him the honour of the State’s leading driver in the 2019-20 season.
Voak was a teenager when he began as a trainer, before he started out as a driver, a career which has netted him 1597 winners, including five in group 1 feature events, and $15,751,768 in stakemoney.
“Now, if I want to survive in the game I have to train,” explained Voak. “I can’t survive by driving alone, anymore. And with a lack of opportunity for driving I can’t make an income out of driving, so Asha (my wife) and I have gone into training. We have nine in work who are stabled at Robbie Tomlinson’s property at West Pinjarra.”
You Fly With Me is a New Zealand-bred gelding, who raced ten times in New Zealand for one win and four placings. “He was recommended to me by a good friend of ours, Ric Giometti from Sydney, who is one of several part-owners, including a lot of family friends and first-time owners,” said Voak