Local pacers enjoy success at Dubbo

Two Forbes trainers enjoyed victories at Dubbo paceway on Sunday.

Phil Thurston's For All We Know won the Marg Bradley Ladyship Pace on the heavy track, and Gary Eyre's Karinya Jude claimed her first win in the Stevenson Hydraulics Maiden Pace.

For All We Know was returning from a spell and Phil Thurston couldn't be happier with the way she has started, especially after drawing barrier 10.

"She had to do it fairly tough, but she stuck it out and was a nice winner for us," Thurston said.

With Mat Rue holding the reins, For All We Know sat at the back, then made her way around the outside with a lap and a half to go.

She had to sit outside the leader for a time, but found her way to the front and was holding on strong as she passed the post ahead of Marni White.

Thurston doesn't train many pacers himself, he and Denise concentrate on breeding standardbreds for harness racing.

They purchased For All We Know as a three-year-old, she raced in Queensland and has had a run with Mat Rue at Bathurst, who drove her to victory in a blistering 1.54 ?? in Goulburn.

With the current restrictions on travel for racing, they've got her back in Forbes and are

"She's a lovely mare to work with at home," he said. "She does get a bit stirred up at the races."

Under normal conditions, Thurston would be looking to take her interstate next.

He's glad to have Parkes and Dubbo racing again after earlier lockdown conditions limiting harness racing to Bathurst for a time.

"She's pulled up well after Dubbo so we'll probably go to Parkes," Thurston said.

For All We Know at home in Forbes, where she is trained by Phil Thurston. Photo courtesy of the Thurstons.

For All We Know at home in Forbes, where she is trained by Phil Thurston. Photo courtesy of the Thurstons.

Four-year-old Karinya Jude was well positioned in barrier 3 and got away well in Race 2 of the Dubbo meeting.

With Andrew Cassell holding the reins, Karinya Jude came right down the outside on the home straight to win from leader Write Time and challenger To The Lookout.

But the pacer Eyre - and co-owners Tom and Col Quade - are really excited about is Karinya Rocco.

The three-year-old gelding has won five of his 11 starts, with wins at Menangle and Wagga Wagga in February this year.

"For a while there he looked like he'd win anything," Eyre said.

But the trainer has returned the promising pacer to the paddock for a three-month spell with an infection in his foot.

"He's got ability," Eyre said, and the trainer is confident the young bay will make a full recovery and be one to watch when he does return to the track.

Harness racing is at Parkes this Sunday afternoon.

On the metropolitan tracks, look out for Nostra Villa from the Thurston stables.

Trainer Brad Hewitt drove the mare to a convincing win at Menangle on July 13, in a slick 1.50 mile rate.