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Brent Shirley

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Whose stable are you attached to:
Own
Other stables worked at:

Gil Shirley (father).

Have you worked in harness racing overseas?
Yes.

When did you start driving?
1990.

How many winners have you driven?
231
(end of the 2016-2017 season)

Your best season – how many winners did you drive?
2010 - 18 winners.

Best trotter driven?
Rose Petite

Editor's note: Rose Petite won for Shirley in November 2001 at Ascot Park. She was an eight year old mare by Yankee Jolter and was having her first start for Gil Shirley. She had one other start and finished 5th.

Biggest race/stake won:
Invercargill Cup and 3rd in the New Zealand Derby both with Vi Et Animo.

Editor's note: Vi Et Animo won seventeen races and has banked $247,202. He won the 2010 Invercargill Cup and 2011 Wyndham Cup. He also raced for a short stint for Mark Purdon and Grant Payne. Vi Et Animo won his first seven races as a three year old. Shirley also drove him to run third in the 2009 New Zealand Derby behind Sleepy Tripp and Tintin In America.

Best Southland horse you’ve seen racing:
Bonnies Chance

Best pacer driven?
Costa Del Magnifico/Vi Et Animo

Favourite course:
Ascot Park.

Mobile or standing starts – your preference?
Both.

What race would you most like to win?
New Zealand Cup.

What do you love about harness racing in Southland?
The ability to sell overseas.

What Southland race would you love to win and why?

Northern Southland Cup. Never won it before 

Which New Zealand driver do you most admire?
Maurice McKendry.

What do you consider to be the biggest challenge facing harness racing in Southland?

Stakes 

 

 

Updated: 26/07/2016 

 

 

 

 



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