Old firm sets the record straight at Tamworth 

ANY Record rekindled some old combinations when he led and won yesterday’s Sky Racing Pace (1980m) at Tamworth Paceway.

Dean Chapple drove the first starter for trainer Ian “Ernie” Mabbott and the debutante responded by holding off Fantail (Rodney Atkins) for a 1.25m win in a 2:05.1 mile rate.

“Good to see him back,”  Chapple said after the win.

“The old Dr Rick combination is back.”

Dr Rick won 26 races for Mabbott, 23 of them with Chapple in the spider.

“The old yellow and white jacket with the brown sash,” Mabbott said.

“64 starts he (Dr Rick) had. Won 26 of them. Dean won 23 of them.”

Any Record is a half brother to Any Cause, a mare Ernie’s son, Mabbott, had plenty of success with until he “retired” recently.

“I taught the young bloke all he knows,” Ernie said of his son.

“I let him take over for a while but now I’m back.”

Neil Shaw, who sent Dr Rick to Ernie, bred Any Record and sold him to Mabbott for $3000.

“Anthony told Neil I only had a couple in work and that I’d buy him.

Ernie is glad he did and can see plenty more wins in store for the well built five-year-old son of Trump Casino.

It was a good day for Dean Chapple, he also drove Sin With A Grin to victory later in the day for his wife and trainer Julie Chapple.

Consistency has been the buzz word for Sin With A Grin this time in and that persistence paid off yesterday when the five-year-old gelding beat stablemate, Glenferrie Sunrise by a half neck in the Family Hotel Pace (1980m).

Sin With A Grin swooped on his stablemate to notch his first win since last May.

Julie Chapple trains both geldings at the Moonbi property she and husband and co-trainer Dean Chapple prepare their string of pacers.

“I didn’t see it,” Julie Chapple admitted of the race and win.

“We’ve got three in the next. But it was a huge run at Newcastle last week.”

With three to prepare for the next race she was busy preparing them to race at Tamworth Paceway.

First Clayton Harmey arrived with Glenferrie Sunrise and then Chapple returned with winner Sin With A Grin after piloting the son of Grinfromeartoear to his third career win and first since May last year.

“He’s had his foot on the till for a long while,” Chapple added.

“Last time in he was too inconsistent. This time, I’m not really sure why but he’s been really consistent.”

Chapple then drove Yamaha Lad to second behind the Rod Pike-trained and driven Norvic Flyer.

Pike took off just after the bell for the last lap and put a gap of around 10 lengths between he and the chasing bunch.

“She can run,” Pike said after his five-year-old mare’s seventh career win.

“She put in a 28.4secs around the back. They’ve got to be going 28secs to catch her.”

Pik was delighted too to break a little run of runner/up results.

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