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Jackson gets Christmas present out

Friday, 7th January, 2011

Twelve-year-old Jackson Hockley with his horse, Last Communication, at the Attard stables yesterday Twelve-year-old Jackson Hockley with his horse, Last Communication, at the Attard stables yesterday

At the tender age of 12, Jackson Hockley will have his own horse running tomorrow night in the first trots meeting of the year.

Last Communication has been trained at the Attard stables under Jackson and his grandfather John Hockley’s capable hands for the past fortnight since being brought here from Adelaide.

The horse was a Christmas present from Jackson’s uncle and will be driven by family friend, Kate Attard. 

“He’ll prove himself on the track,” he told the BDT. The youngster’s grandparents got him into the sport of harness racing, and he said once they knew he was serious they told him he could have his own horse.

“I’ve always had an interest in horses,” he said. Jackson was keen to give the Attards a hand with their seven-strong stable in September and has stuck around eversince. 

Although he is at the Attard’s stable every day at 5:30am, Jackson said the work did not interfere with his school lessons. 

“Well, I go to bed early every night,” he said. The Burke Ward student owns all the equipment and other gear he uses to help with the working of the horses.

Jackson said he hoped other young people would follow his example so that harness racing could continue in the city.

“The horses respond really well to him,” said his mother, Deanne. “He’s a natural horseman. He talks to them all the time.”

Mrs Hockley said that even as a young child he had wanted a horse. Jackson helps train the horses, with the gig on, on a dirt track just behind the stables.

Last Communication has won prizemoney of $42,140 in his nine-year career and last year he had six starts for one win. 

Kate Attard will be driving Last Communication in race three tomorrow night.

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