Pacers off to strong start

With Bruce Chandler

Forbes Diggers Harness Racing committee is harnessing up for its 2020 season, its 67th year of racing, following the AGM.

Lex Crosby continues as the organisation's president with Emma Gaffney in the secretary's roll and Jocelyn Stewart as treasurer.

The traditional Anzac Day meeting, supported by Forbes RSL Sub Branch and featuring a series of memorial races, is on again on April 25.

The club's TAB meeting follows the following Sunday, May 3.

The festive season has certainly brought ham and chocolates home for local harness racing fraternity.

Adam Bellach has had four winners: Carla's Angel resumed from a break and qualified for a country series final at Menangle, where she ran a creditable fourth placing and followed this up with two very impressive wins at Bathurst track.

She showed blistering pace to lead all the way and followed up the next week with a come from behind win.

She then contested the fast class race at Parkes on New Year's Eve, when she finished towards the rear but she did lead early and set a cracking speed which resulted in a track record to Riverina pacer Rubies For Tash.

Bellach's other pacer Womenwhiskeyngold has had wins at Young and Parkes.

Unico Enchantress NZ and Murray Sullivan show off their speed during their win in the Gerard Yeo Memorial Race at Dubbo on Boxing Day evening.

Unico Enchantress NZ and Murray Sullivan show off their speed during their win in the Gerard Yeo Memorial Race at Dubbo on Boxing Day evening.

Jeffrey Brown has been a long time out of the winner's circle but his pacer Polished Rocks scored at Dubbo on Boxing Day.

Tom Pay from Dubbo took the reins for Brown and the pacer enjoyed the drop in grade from recent competition.

At its previous start, Polished Rocks had finished seventh in a much higher class race behind the old marvel Beetson at Bathurst.

Beetson, who was having his 200th start at Bathurst, scored his 42nd win.

The rising 13-year-old, part-owned by Forbes' Rod and Debbie Wenning, continues to defy his age.

Having won a Bathurst Gold Crown as a two-year-old, he's now been competitive for 10 years.

He's amassed group wins in the Canola Cup at Eugowra and the Carousel final at Menangle.

Another local trainer to enjoy success is Gary Eyre. Eyre enjoyed early season success with Karinya Max for popular local owner Glenn Egan.

On New Year's Eve he produced smart three-year-old Karinya Rocco who scored an outstanding win when it ran a sub-two-minute mile facing the breeze for driver Emma Turnbull.

Murray Sullivan came out of retirement for a drive at Dubbo on Boxing Day evening, when he steered the Jarred Hetherington-trained Unico Enchantress to a win.

Sullivan showed he's lost none of his skills, when he saluted on the short-priced favourite. Your correspondent is glad to see him back in the gig.