Locals on the pace in regional racing

The successful Diesel Shannon after a win in Forbes. Pictured are Jason Gaffney holding Darby Edgerton, Warwick Edgerton, Braden Sullivan, driver Mckayler Barnes, Emma Gaffney and Tim Wren.
The successful Diesel Shannon after a win in Forbes. Pictured are Jason Gaffney holding Darby Edgerton, Warwick Edgerton, Braden Sullivan, driver Mckayler Barnes, Emma Gaffney and Tim Wren.

Local pacers have represented Forbes well around the region in recent weeks, with wins at Leeton, Young, Dubbo and even further afield.

Jeffrey Brown’s pacer Frank’s Fortune turned his past form around to score a good win at Leeton three weeks ago, taking out the Brosos Farmland Supplies Pace over 2147m paying $29.90.

The new season racing commenced on Friday September 1 and Murray Sullivan was the first local to land a win with Montana Maestro at Young.

The pacer had been out of the winner's circle for quite a while and in other stables before returning to the Racecourse Road stables of Sullivan. It scored at odds of 25-1 over 2100m.

On Saturday September 2 Diesel Shannon, who’s currently holidaying in Queensland in the Turpin stables, scored a good win at Albion Park.

Diesel Shannon is still owned by the Forbes connections, but the pacer found it hard to win in this area, is now appreciating the Queensland sunshine.

On the same night, Eugowra’s Pat and Ron Jones scored memorable wins with success at Menangle.

Fioki paid $6.50 in winning the race named in current trainer’s name, the Kerryann Turner Provincial Trainer of the Year Pace.

Burra Sullivan, trained by L Jurd and driven by D Morris, scored in the Clintons Toyota Campbelltown with a mile rate of 1.50.9.

On Wednesday September 6 at Bathurst, Cyclone Charlie, trained by Gemma Hewitt and driven by her fiance Mat Rue, owned locally by Phil Thurston, scored a first-up win. The mare was well supported, paying $2.20 as favourite.

The action then moved to Young on Friday night, when Digger Shed, trained locally by Terry Hush, broke an 18-month run of outs to score at 20-1.

The pacer had been in the wilderness for some time, with illness preventing Hush from getting the best out of him. He employed the Bathurst driver Mitch Turnbull to score an outstanding win.

After Turnbull ran forward to sit in the death, Digger Shed then simply ran away from his opposition. This could lead to further success and even a shift to the powerful Steve Turnbull stables.

On Sunday at Dubbo, another one to break back into the winner’s circle after a long absence was popular clerk of the course Terry Robb with his pacer Harley James. Robb also sought the Turnbull polish with Emma Turnbull the successful driver.

Harley James is only a lightly-raced pacer so further wins could be in store.

Success hasn’t only been enjoyed by these trainers, Gary Eyre has also had placings recently with Cherish Art and Karinya Mully.

Rocknroll Angel is now under the care of regular driver Angela Hedges at Eglinton. Narrowly beaten at their first start for this combination, but has since been a late scratching through illness.

Pacing preparations in this area now focus on Eugowra’s rich Canola Cup on October 2.

Scotty Titian for Murray Sullivan is the only local known to be contesting the series.