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uncle remus
#1 Posted : Saturday, March 07, 2009 6:46:35 AM
Lester Piggot

Joined: 5/14/2006
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Wouldn`t have been to many punters cheering home the winner of the last at Ellerslie today but there would have been two very proud parents watching on as Maija Vance 17yo daughter of former hoops Bobby and Jenny Vance
booted home (what I believe to be her her first winner).Maija who is apprenticed to Pukekohe trainer Gareth McRae has has limited opportunities since commencing raceday riding midway through January of this year.Bob Vance came to prominence in the mid-1970s as the apprentice rider of champion 3 -year-old Uncle Remus and headed the New Zealand jockeys' premiership in the 1978-79 season.

He is perhaps best remembered for his association with the mighty McGinty and his victory on that colt over the eventual Golden Slipper winner Marscay in the Todman Slipper Trial in which McGinty cracked a cannon bone.

The pair returned to Sydney the next season and won the Canterbury Guineas.

His other major wins included the Cox Plate on The Phantom Chance, Auckland Cups on Tamboura and Blue Denim and Derbies on Uncle Remus, Isle Of Man, I'm Henry and The Phantom Chance.

Bob Vance met Swedish jockey Jenny Moller while the pair were riding in Macau. They married in Sweden and returned to New Zealand where Jenny Vance won the group one Avondale Cup on Beowulf after being successful in her first New Zealand raceday ride on Flashing Willow.

Maija Vance is yet another example of young riders being produced by former topline jockeys in New Zealand.

We have Danielle Johnson, daughter of Peter Johnson; Troy Harris, son of Noel Harris; Sam Collett, daughter of Jim Collett and Trudy Thornton; Richard and Judy Collett's daughter Tasha Collett; and James McDonald, whose father Brett McDonald was a top jumps jockey.

For Race Replay open Link and click on 7 March 2009 Race 10 (8.5Mb)

18 Black Fox Maija Vance (a4) 64.10 14.10
14 Columbian Strike Kate Hercock 5.50
15 Conchord Michael Walker 2.90
Trainer Kevin Dell Byerley Park
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