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Marshall gets first training success
24 September 2018

When Kyle Marshall took out his trainer’s licence at the start of this season, getting that special first win was only ever going to be a formality for the talented Cambridge horseman.
But that didn’t make it any less memorable when he guided to Alta Leonie to victory at Alexandra Park on Friday night wearing the colours passed down to him by his father, David.
“It was awesome to get that first winner as a trainer,” he said.
“There are no other words to describe it, really.
“And it was nice to do it on that horse as there is a bit of a story there, too.”
The Big Jim mare is part-owned by long-time Marshall family friend and owner David Higgins, from Te Aroha, who selected her at the 2015 Karaka yearling sale for $7,000.
Friday night’s win came ten years and one day after Higgins’ wife, Jackie, passed away aged just 43 from cancer.
“Dad and David are very good friends and we knew Jackie well.
“It was an emotional win for everyone involved in the horse and it felt fitting that she was my first one as a trainer,” said Kyle.
Alta Leonie, now five, has only raced nine times and Friday night’s was her third win.
The reason for this slow career progress is that she has a number of ongoing soundness issues, according to her trainer.
“She’s a funny horse; she has that many problems but always tries her best.
“It’s a battle just getting her to the races sometimes, but we do the best we can with her.
“She had tie back surgery as a two-year-old (for a breathing problem) and more recently she was diagnosed with arthritis in a shoulder.
“They are just a couple of the heaps of problems we have had with her.”
But he thinks he might be winning the battle.
“Just watching the replay again from Friday night, she looked to be pacing a lot freer than she has been lately.
“She gets injected with cortisone and that helps us keep on top of it.”
Marshall, 24, has driven 124 winners and seemed destined to be one of the rare few junior drivers who make the transition to fully fledged professional driver.
And he’s at pains to say he stills wants to do that in some capacity, but his heart lies with training.
“Training is always something I wanted to do, and the way it worked out was good.
“I came back here to Cambridge after working in Auckland and Dad has a full-time job so was keen for me to take over.
“I’d like to keep up the driving; I think it’s important as a professional to not just drive my own horses.
“You’ve got to be out there every week keeping sharp and I won’t have starters every week.
“I’d even like to think I will get away with going to Palmerston north to drive, too.”
Aside from Alta Leonie, Marshall has a couple of other nice horses amongst his 10-strong team, including promising maiden Eastanbull.
He got beaten by the freakish Major Trojan on Friday night, but will live to fight another day.
“He’s a very nice horse; I just had to do too much out of the gate from the wide draw.
“If you took the Purdon horse (Major Trojan) out of it, he probably would have won the race without that early pressure.”
While he has a lot of experience under his belt for a man of his age, Marshall says he can’t do it alone and he is very thankful to a number of people who help him out.
“Dad helps me in the morning before he goes to work and George Wallis has been a big help too.
“Dad’s partner, Nikki Johnson, always has the horses looking good on race night and my partner, Georgia, has been very supportive as well.
“It’s really a team effort and the win was enjoyed by all of us.”

Marshall's magic return
14 December 2016
by Duane Ranger

Kyle Marshall has carried on straight from where he left off in the Australasia Young Driving Championships in Perth.
Less than a week after driving two winners across the Tasman and finishing fourth – four points behind winner, Todd McCarthy (NSW), Marshall was back in the winner’s circle at the Manawatu Harness Racing Club’s meeting at Palmerston North last night (Tuesday).
The 22-year-old Franklin reinsman was the most successful driver at the nine-race meeting, steering the Arna Donnelly trained $2.40 favourite to win race three, and then two races later he drove the Fred Mitchell trained $13.20 seventh favourite Jack Bates to victory.
Eldolar was having his second start back for Donnelly in the $7,000 Life Members Maiden Pace after an eight month spell.
The Elsu gelding resumed at Cambridge Raceway on December 1 with a close-up second behind Taihape Sunset.
It was his first look at Manawatu Raceway and his first start over the 2000m.
“He’s still a bit green but he won very well. He’s got a lot to learn but should win at least a couple more. He felt real strong,” Marshall said.
Eldolar started from the widest second row draw (12) and Marshall worked the 4-year-old to sit in the lane the second last time.
In the home straight Eldolar left his nine opponents to it winning by an increasing three lengths and pacing the 2000m mobile in 2:34.2 (mile rate 2:04 even). His final 800m and 400m sectionals were 60.8 and 28.9.
It was his first career win in 16 starts and the way he cruised home it won't be his last.
"I think he will be my best drive on Thursday. He’s got the feeling he will go on with it,” said Marshall.
Jack Bates (2) was also impressive winning the $7,000 Happy 80th Birthday George Mouldey Mobile for the up to R56 rated pacers.
Marshall settled the 8-year-old P Forty Seven gelding in the one-one before looming up three-wide on the turn and then pacing away to win by one-and-quarter lengths.
Jack Bates paced the 2500m mobile in 3:15.9 (mile rate 2:06.1) and home in 62.3 and 30.7.
It was Jack Bates' third win in 49 starts on the track and his third from 32 attempts over the distance. All up he's now won six of his 131 starts and just under $50,000 in stakes.
“He’s an honest little horse who is racing well. He got all the favours in the running and obliged. Fred had him spot on,” said Marshall.
Marshall has now driven eight winners from 79 starters this season. This is his first season in the open driving ranks and he’s now driven 81 winners from 952 starters. he’s also placed 165 times and won $571,619 in career stakes.
His best season was last year when he reined home 39 winners from 383 starters ($264,717).
Meanwhile Marshall said that competing in the recent Australasian Young Drivers Championship was the highlight of his career.
“When I first started out as a junior this was my main goal. It was always something I wanted to achieve and I was running out of time.
“I’m just grateful to all the owners and trainers who made it all possible for me on their horses in my last year as a junior (2015-2016),” Marshall said.
"I'm also grateful for all the drives I'm getting in New Zealand as well, and that includes Manawatu," he added.

Marshall Australia bound
24 November 2016
By Duane Ranger

Kyle Marshall says that competing in the 2016 Australasian Young Drivers Championship in Western Australia early next month will be the highlight of his career.
“Only winning it will beat this achievement, because when I first started out as a junior this was my main goal. It was always something I wanted to achieve and I was running out of time.
“I’m just grateful to all the owners and trainers who made it all possible for me in my last year as a junior (2015-2016),” Marshall said.
For the last two year’s Marshall has been the North Island-Driver-Of-The-Year, but it was his career best 39 wins last season which saw him qualify as the North Island’s representative in Australia along with fellow Kiwis – Robbie Close (defending champion), Matt Anderson (New Zealand), and Brad Williamson (South Island).
Wade Rattray (Tasmania), Stuart McDonald (Western Australia), Nathan Dawson (Queensland), Todd McCarthy (New South Wales), Jason Lee (Victoria), Jayson Finnis (South Australia) complete the 10-strong line-up.
The 10-race series starts on December 2 and finishes on December 9 – the night of the Group One $1.1m TABtouch Inter Dominion Grand Final night at Gloucester Park.
“I am so looking forward to this. I have been for a very long time. I was rapt when I knew that I had qualified. It’s going to be an absolute honour representing the North Island and New Zealand over there.
“Every win has been special in my career and I’d love to win a few heats. I love this sport so much. Again I can’t thank the owners and trainers enough for getting me to Australia. I get such a thrill out of seeing them all win. That’s one of the main reasons why I love harness racing,” Marshall said.
The Cambridge born and educated 22-year-old has been working for Brent Mangos for the past three months and said it was good to be working up here in Auckland.
“So many horsemen have been so good to me and I’m learning a lot from Brent. I guess it all started with Dad (David) though. If he hadn’t got a few horses together for me to drive early on I may never have had a junior career.
“I owe him the biggest gratitude,” Marshall said.
Marshall said he was looking forward to driving in Australia again after spending a couple of seasons at Brent Lilley’s stable in Victoria where he drove 36 winners.
“I spent 18 months with Brent and I can't thank him enough for all the help and advice he gave me while I was there. I think I came back a better driver because of that,” Marshall said.
Marshall got interested in harness racing via Cambridge Kidz Kartz.
“Then I used to help out at John Dickie's after school and on weekends and that’s when I knew this is what I wanted to do," Marshall said.
He got his junior driving licence in the 2010-2011 and went win-less in his first season before driving five in his second.
All up he’s nailed 79 winners from 945 starters and placed 165 times for $562,369 in stakes. In his first season as an open driver he has so far saluted the judge six times.
One of his best drives came in this this year’s Wairarapa Cup when he steered Mischief Maker to a memorable victory for Pukekohe trainer Paul Chalklen.
The 10-race 2016 Australasian Young Drivers Championship programme is:
2nd December - Heat at Gloucester Park.
3rd December – Two heats at Bunbury.
5th December – Two heats at Pinjarra.
6th December – Two heats at Northam.
8th December – Two heats at Narrogin.
9th December – One heat at Gloucester Park (TABtouch Inter Dominion Grand Final night).

2016 Australasian Young Drivers Championship - Details Announced
31 August 2016

Among a package of exciting initiatives announced yesterday at the TABtouch Inter Dominion Launch at Gloucester Park, Western Australia, were details of the 2016 Australasian Young Drivers Championship.
Ten drivers from across Australasia, including four from New Zealand and one from each of the six Australian harness racing States, will compete in a series of ten races across six meetings in Perth.
The contest to be crowned the Australasian Champion will begin on the 2nd December 2016 and, in a terrific boost for the Series, culminate on TABtouch Inter Dominion Grand Final night at Gloucester Park on 9th December.

The ten representative drivers selected to compete are:
• Robbie Close – Defending Champion (NZ)
• Stuart McDonald – Western Australia
• Todd McCarthy – New South Wales
• Jason Lee – Victoria
• Jayson Finnis – South Australia
• Wade Rattray – Tasmania
• Nathan Dawson – Queensland
• Brad Williamson – South Island (NZ)
• Kyle Marshall – North Island (NZ)
• Matt Anderson – New Zealand

The ten race series program is:
2nd December - 1 x Heat at Gloucester Park
3rd December – 2 x Heats at Bunbury
5th December – 2 x Heats at Pinjarra
6th December – 2 x Heats at Northam
8th December – 2 x Heats at Narrogin
9th December – 1 x Heat at Gloucester Park (TABtouch Inter Dominion Grand Final night)

Marshall in great form
11 January 2016
By Duane Ranger (Courtesy HRNZ)

Sunday’s Parawai Cup win on the Thames grass behind Celtic Warrior has capped off an amazing holiday season for outstanding Cambridge junior driver Kyle Marshall.
The 21-year-old has been on fire all December and January and perhaps he is reaping his karma after he made a kind gesture to Waikato’s poor last month.
“I donated half of my driving fees from early December 12 to Christmas Eve to those people who were struggling at Christmas time. People like single parents, the homeless or those that just needed a little something.
“The idea just came to me when I thought how fortunate I was compared to some people out there. I thought if I can put a smile on someone’s face then I have achieved my goal,” Marshall said.
Marshall had 22 drives during that period and raised $500 for a Hamilton-based organisation.
And those that backed him after Christmas Day will also be counting their dollars.
“It’s been a crazy period really. I’ve got a few longshots home. It’s been a great start to the year. I’m just thankful to all the owners and trainers who have stuck by me,” Marshall said.
The Tim Vince trained and owned Celtic Warrior was the sixth favourite of 11 when winning Sunday’s $8,000 Bayley’s Coromandel Parawai Cup for the C2 and faster pacers. He paid $13.60 to win.
But that’s nothing to some of the other holiday “gifts” he’s handed out.
He drove three winners at Te Awamutu on December 29. The Fred Mitchell trained Cut The Cards paid $34.40 to win; the David Marshall (father) trained Donny Wood paid $30.60; and the Andrew & Lyn Neal trained Turnbulls paid $11.50.
Then you can’t forget the $24.30 the Wendy Davenport trained Pure Desire paid when winning at Wairarapa on January 2.
A day earlier he won behind his Dad’s 7-year-old mare - Sarah Lendenny at Cambridge Raceway. She was the $3.50 second favourite.
Marshall’s Parawai Cup win was his second at Thames. He also won the feature event in 2013 behind the Marshall senior trained Tyler Maguire.
Celtic Warrior started nicely from her front-line four draw and led early before handing up to Shestherealdeal and Sailesh Abernethy just before the home straight the second last time.
They then ended up three-deep when favourite Major Star and Brent Mangos took the lead down the back straight.
“He was always travelling well. When I got her off the markers before the turn I thought she was travelling like the winner. Tim had him spot on today. I’m grateful for the drive,” Marshall said.
The 6-year-old Mach Three gelding paced the 2600m stand in 3:32.8 (mile rate 2:11.7) with final 800m and 400m sprints of 61.5 and 30.6.
It was Celtic Warrior’s seventh win in 58 starts and his stake earnings now rest just shy of $50,000. He was bred by Aucklanders Greg & Jill Datson and their friend Ross Darrah

Good day for Marshall
16 November 2015
By Duane Ranger (Courtesy HRNZ)

Waikato junior reinsman Kyle Marshall continues to grow in stature in the sulky after driving more than a third of the card at the Cambridge-Te Awamutu Harness Racing Club meeting on Sunday.
The 21-year-old Cambridge-based horseman drove three of the eight winners on yesterday’s programme, including two for his father and trainer, Dave.
“It was awesome, quite unbelievable really. This is probably going to be my last year in the junior ranks so I want to give it my best shot. I want to compete in the Australasian Series and yesterday helped a lot,” Marshall said.
Marshall only had three drives yesterday and won behind his father’s duo of Donny Wood and Sarah Lindenny. He also saluted the judge behind the Dave Ironmonger trained Waipipi Falcon.
It’s the third time in six seasons that he has reined three winners in a day. Marshall has also achieved the feat at Manawatu and Cambridge.
“I got a lot of luck in the running and that helps a lot when you are out there competing against the best drivers. I’ll take it though,” he said.
Marshall was being typically humble. He is a better than average driver. He was the leading North Island reinsman with Andre Poutama last season (19 wins apiece), and at the North island Awards in September he was named NI Cadet-Of-The-Year.
“I owe a lot to so many people. There’s Dad who has set me up to drive his team and of course there’s the rest of my family and inspirational people like Peter Ferguson.
Actually I shouldn’t single any one out because I’d need a whole page to of names to thank them all,” he said.
Marshall said Sarah Lindenny was the best of his father’s six horses going around at present. Ironically she was the seventh favourite of seven in the fifth event and paid $22 to win.
“We’ve had the mare about four months. We got her off Colin Harrison who trained her out of Timaru. This was her first start for us after she last raced at Forbury Park in April.
“She has been working really well and although she’s had a couple of problems Dad appears to have ironed them out. The change of scenery I think has also done her the world of good,” said Marshall.
Donny Wood and Waipipi Falcon paid $7.10 and $33.30 to win respectively.
“They both needed the race to go their way and it did. They got their best trips in some time and I managed to get them over the line. “I’m rapt for Dad and Dave,” Marshall said.

Marshall Out to Continue Good Form
10 September 2015
By Duane Ranger (Courtesy HRNZ)

Don’t be surprised if Kyle Marshall carries his winning form from the weekend on to Cambridge Raceway this Thursday night.
The 21-year-old Cambridge horseman had a weekend to remember when he was named ‘Junior Driver of the Year (with Andre Poutama) at the North Island Harness Racing Awards’ held at Alexandra Park last Saturday night.
It was a notable weekend for the Marshall family. Marshall’s Dad, David also won the Owner-Trainer of the Year award – and the father-son combination should again be to the fore at Thursday’s Harness Racing Waikato meeting.
Marshall senior and junior will line up three horses from their stable in the first three races at Cambridge – and the younger believes Donny Wood in the third race is their best winning chance.
Here’s what he had to say about the trio. Marshall rated each of his stable runners a winning chance out of five.
Race 1: Overstayer (3) – “He’s in the right race and tries his heart out. He has the draw to figure in this race. He’s no star but I’d still rate him a 3 out of 5 chance here.”
Race 2: Unmissuble (8) – “She trialled on Saturday and was unplaced behind Tazzy’s Devil. She will need Thursday’s run but is worth following. She was second favourite last start but this week I’d rate her a 2 out of 5 because she’s going to find it tough from the wide draw over 1700 metres.”
Race 3: Donny Wood (1) – “He went okay when resuming from a four month spell on the track last month (August 20). He steps well and is the only horse off the front-line so he should be bowling along in front. He likes leading and could be hard to catch. He will be better for that first run back. I’d rate him a 4 out of 5 winning chance.”

Young driver creating an impression
20 Nov 2014

Young Waikato driver Kyle Marshall has started the harness racing season in fine style and has shown a real ability in the bike for such a young driver.
Everyone knows how hard it is to break into the winners circle when you are starting out but Kyle is making a real habit out of it and has a lot of astute judges sitting up and taking notice.
Kyle has been around horses most of his life but got keen on harness racing at a young age.
" I got involved with Kidz Kartz pretty early and I have had the bug ever since."
"After that I use to help out at John Dickie's after school and on weekends and that confirmed to me that this is what I wanted to do," Kyle told Harnesslink this week.
Getting his junior driving licence in the 2010/2011 season, Kyle went winless in his first season before driving five winners in his second season.
In the 2012/2013 season  Kyle continued to improve and racked up 10 wins but before the end of that season he made the decision to go to Australia to learn from one of the best.
" I spent 18 months with Brent Lilley and I can't thank him enough for all the help and advice he gave me while I was there."
"I think I came back a better driver thanks to Brent's advice and help," Kyle said.
Returning to New Zealand this season Kyle has already racked up six winners and is the leading North Island based junior driver at this stage of the year.
One win stands out for Kyle since his return from Australia.
"I drove Unmissuble to win for my father at Manawatu which was a big thrill."
"We brought her as a weanling for $400 and have taken her right through to winning a race so it was a special day"
"She was unlucky at Cambridge last Sunday and is not without a chance at Alexandra Park on Friday night," he said.
Kyle knows he wouldn't be where he is today without the support of his family.
"Dad took out a licence to help me early on and the whole family have become involved in the ownership side to help me get more drives.
I wouldn't be having the success I"m having if it wasn't for them," he said.
Kyle, who helps his father David out with his small team at Cambridge, hopes one day to go into partnership with his father.
" That would be special to train in partnership with dad," he said.
With his great start to the season Kyle has his sights set on the New Zealand Junior Drivers Championships
"To qualify is the first aim but like everyone else I really would love to win it," he said.
To succeed in harness racing today, you usually need a deep long term family connection to the industry or be attached to one of the leading stables.
Kyle has managed to succeed without either and looks to have a big future in the sport he loves.
Harnesslink Media

Marshall double includes 2013 Stratford Cup
03 Feb 2013
Tyler Maguire & Kyle Marshall returning - to the Alexandra Park stables tonight (Friday June 1, 2012).

The father/son harness racing combination of David and Kyle Marshallhas emerged out of the fog in recent weeks, to produce four winners in less than a month.
The run of hot form from started on January 13 when Tyler Maguire was successful in the Thames & Whitianga Pawarai Cup, and hasn't stopped since with Tyler Maguire going down narrowly in behind the smart Let's Elope in her next appearance before effortlessly taking out today's (Sunday February 3) Stratford Cup.
In between times previously poor performer Covert Action found form for the Marshall's after 13 previous unplaced starts for Robert Mitchell when winning first up for them at Auckland on the 25th of January, before the Grinfromeartoearfull brother to Pure Power doubled up for the Marshall‘s at today's Stratford meeting a couple of races prior to their Stratford Cup success.
Both horses were driven very positively by the rapidly improving junior driver Kyle Marshall.
It is definitely the first double for Cambridge trainer David Marshall, and it is possibly his son's first double as well.
Tyler Maguire's effortless end-to-end Stratford Cup win also topped off a great day for her sire Elsu who sired four winners in New Zealand today-Two at Stratford and two at Wyndham.

Kyle Marshall gets win 5 behind 'family mare'
01 Jun 2012
Tyler Maguire and winning connections - in the Alexandra Park winner's enclosure.

Waiuku junior driver Kyle Marshall made his family proud at northern harness racing headquarters (Alexandra Park) in Auckland tonight (Friday June 2). The 18-year-old notched up his fifth career win behind 4-year-old mare, Tyler Maguire in the Mid Winter Christmas Pace for 1-2 winners.
All of Marshall's family have a piece of Tyler Maguire. There's Mum - Sandra and her partner; Dad - 'Cricket' and his partner; and Kyle's grandfather - Gary Davis.
"It was a great feeling to win behind her especially in front of the family. It was quite special. The mare is giving us all a lot fun," said Marshall, who also has a share in the daughter of Elsu.
Marshall belied his years with a very mature and patient drive behind the third favourite ($5.90 & $1.80).
Starting from two on the second row they ended up three and then four-deep before the Franklin teenager hooked Tyler Maguire off the markers at the 600 metres.
They came three wide with cover and at the finish line got up by half a head over Bettabe Fast (Tony Herlihy, MNZM). Outsider Maheer Magic and Todd Macfarlane were a head back in third.
Winner's time for the 2200m mobile: 2:46.9.
Mile rate: 2:02.2.
Last 800m: 61. Last 400m: 29.8.
It was the Michelle Walllis trained mare's third win in 25 starts - and second at Alexandra Park.
"We leased her off Les White, who trained her. I drove her once at the workouts and she felt good. Dad also liked the horse and it all went from there," Marshall said.
He wasn't sure if he won tonight.
"I knew it was close. It's really hard to tell. To be honest I thought Tony (Herlihy) might have just hung on," he said.
It was inevitable that Marshall would enter the harness racing ranks.
Born in Hamilton, Marshall left Cambridge High School when he was 16. His father David (Cricket) is a trainer and has won six races since 2007-2008.
"I've been around horses most of my life. I love them. I did Kidz Kartz before I left school. Dad has been an inspiration to me. I'm so enjoying what I do now. It's sometimes hard to believe I'm actually doing this for a living," Marshall said.
Marshall was employed by Cambridge conditioner Mike Berger when he left school. He worked for him for just over a year before joining forces with Wallis and Hackett in March last year.
Tyler Maguire is leased by: Kyle Marshall, Miss S.L. Davis, D.A. Marshall, L. Clark, Miss N.V. Johnson and G. Davies.
She was bred by R.L. and Mrs D.C. Kennedy.

Kyle Marshall will never forget Thames
11 Jan 2012

He might only be 18 but Kyle Marshallwill remember the Thames Harness Racing Club's annual grass track meetings for as long as he lives. Twelve months after having his first race-day drive on the track Marshall has saluted the judge for the first time.
On January 9 last year Marshall drove the Mike Berger trained Gwynfromeartoear into ninth place in a 1-2-win pace for junior drivers. Then on January 8 this year (last Sunday) he steered the Michelle Wallis trained Courtney Cass to easily win a 1-3-win pace, also for junior drivers.
"It was a great buzz. It's something I always dreamed of. I just want to thank Michelle and Bernie (Hackett) for giving me the opportunity to drive their horses.
"My goal now is to win as many races as I can in 2012. I love this job. I am living my dream," Waiuku-based Marshall said.
Born in Hamilton, Marshall left Cambridge High School when he was 16. His father David is a trainer and has won six races since 2007-2008.
It was inevitable that Marshall would enter the harness racing ranks.
"I've been around horses most of my life. I love them. I did Kidz Kartz before I left school. Dad has been an inspiration to me. I'm so enjoying what I do now. It's sometimes hard to believe I'm actually doing this for ma living," Marshall said.
Marshall was employed by Cambridge conditioner Mike Berger when he left school. He worked for him for just over a year before joining forces with Wallis and Hackett in March last year.
"Mike got me all my workouts and trials licences and Peter Ferguson was a great help too. He taught me a lot. I remember he would go over my workout drives with me on TV. He's my favourite driver," Marshall said.
Marshall has now had 45 drives (20 this season) for one win, five placings and $9,438.
"At this stage of my life it's all about learning and talking in what people tell me. It's great to be at a big stable here in Waiuku. Michelle has about 24 in work and I'm the only junior driver in the stable - and loving it," he said.
Marshall drove like an old pro last Sunday. At the finish line he and Courtney Cass had 2-3/4 lengths to spare over the second placed favourite, Elias Bromac (see video).
They paced the 2600m mobile (in wet weather) in 3:55.9 (mile rate: 2:25.9) with final 800m and 400m sprints of 69.2 and 34.1 seconds.
Marshall's next drive will be behind his father's pacer - Forward Pass in the seventh race at Cambridge on Friday (January 13), and then he reunites with Courtney Cass in the Morrinsville Grass Cup on the Te Aroha Grass on Sunday.
That 7-year-old Village Jasper mare is going for her third straight win and sixth overall.

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