ROWIN For Glory bounced back from an unlucky third at his previous start to notch a first career win for his new Narrabri stable at Tamworth Paceway yesterday.
The four-year-old gelding, raced by the Shepherdsons – Peter, Garry and Chris – had a tough up-and back run before sitting three wide to win the $3000 Equine Inn Tamworth Pace (1980m).
Rowin For Glory, a four-year-old gelding son of Riverboat King (USA), won by a neck from the fighting Recede with Lee Dillon 5.25m away third.
It was the first heat of three heats for the C0s with the $7000 Final run on Gold Nugget night at Tamworth Paceway.
“We’ll be back for that,” said Shepherdson after alighting from the gig.
“It gives us a week off and a chance to freshen him up,” the winning driver said.
“‘It’s a hot day too.”
Rowin For Glory has been with the Shepherdsons since September. “We went down to buy another horse from Paul Fitzpatrick and got talking about leasing another one,” Shepherdson said.
“He said he had one for lease (Rowin For Glory).
“He was a bit poor when we got him, Paul said he was a bad doer. Doesn’t matter what you give him, but we’ve been slowly putting some weight on him. He’s still a bit green too and does a bit wrong, we’re still sorting him out. But he does go all right.”
Rowin For Glory galloped his first run for the Shepherdsons and second time out he was an unlucky second to Tommy Shannon last week.
A little ill fortune mixed in with some driver error saw him jog to the line third.
No such problems yesterday as he raced three wide to a first victory at his ninth start.
While he won the first C0 heat Gotta Go Lucky won the second with Mark Callaghan, who drove the 2010 Golden Guitar winner Jasper Gold for Roy Rootes, and Shine On Wicklow won the third heat for trainer/driver Dean Chapple.