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Brendon McLellan

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Stable attached to:
Freelance.

Other stables worked at:
Maurice Skinner and Ray Todd.

Have you worked in harness racing overseas?
No.

When did you start driving?
As a seventeen year old in the 83-84 season.

Who has had the most influence on your career?
Ricky May.

How many winners have you driven?
444 (At the end of the 2016-2017 season)

Your best season - how many winners did you drive?
2005/06  -  28 winners

Best pacer driven?
It's Ella

Editor's note: McLellan drove It's Ella to win her first start at Ascot Park on the 2nd February 2005. He went on to drive her for nine of her sixteen lifetime wins.

Best trotter driven?
Night Allowance

Editor's note: McLellan drove Night Allowance for nine of it's sixteen wins including four in a row in February - March 1991.

Biggest race/stake won?
Rangiora Cup with Greenidge

Editor's note: Greenidge won four races for McLellan after initially being trained by Colin De Filippi. He won the 1992 Rangiora Cup when trained and driven by McLellan. Greenidge ended his racing career with Tim Butt. He won nine races  from 121 starts.

Favourite course?
Wyndham - nice and roomy.

Your preference - mobile or standing starts?
No preference.

What race would you most like to win?
New Zealand Cup - All drivers would love to win this one.

What do you love about harness racing in Southland?
The people in the harness industry in Southland - we all get along and have made great friendships in a relaxed easy going environment.

Which New Zealand driver do you most admire?
Ricky May - Shows patience and has the ability to drive and look after a horse. Also he has remained a down to earth humble guy and is always approachable.

 

 

 



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