John Still Loves That Winning Feeling

Aug 28, 2019 John Still Loves That Winning Feeling

Prominent owner John Wolfe is living proof that the thrill of winning is something that never goes away.

Wolfe, who is best known as the owner of former Australian Horse of the Year Shakamaker, was tickled pink after his pacer Sir Fortune won the SBG Accountants Pace at Cranbourne on Sunday night.

Sir Fortune recorded his second success from his past four starts since joining the local stables of trainer Dylan Stratford in a win that Wolfe described as “magnificent”.

“I still get a huge kick out of seeing my horses race well,” Wolfe said. “He was perfectly driven and looks like he might be capable of winning a few more”.

“He seems to have settled in well at Cranbourne and is in good hands,” Wolfe added.  

Wolfe’s enthusiasm after his win on Sunday night is refreshing coming from a man who has already scaled the heights of success in harness racing.

Wolfe could have barely dreamed of what was to follow when he purchased a young colt by Bookmaker out of Shakira for $2500 at the 1997 Australian Pacing Gold yearling sale.

Shakamaker went on to bankroll $2,219,634 from 81 career starts that yielded 46 wins. The entire’s brilliant career included wins in the 1998 Australian Pacing Gold final, the West Australian Derby, the Ben Hur, the Tasmanian Pacing Championship, the South Australian Cup and the Victoria Cup.

His crowning glory however came in the 2000 Inter Dominion at Moonee Valley when Shaka produced a come from behind victory before a massive local crowd.

Sir Fortune will never reach the heights of Shakamaker but John Wolfe is still enjoying his involvement in our sport and is keen to take up an open invitation from Stratford to spend some time at the Cranbourne Training Centre in the coming weeks.

“Dylan’s asked me to come down and see Sir Fortune and Classic Maker and have a cup of coffee. I don’t drive these days so I’ll have to get Glenys to drive me down when the weather gets a bit warmer.”

By David Scott

Photo: Claire Weston Photography