Hunter driver hits right chord

GUY Chapple celebrated a second Golden Guitar win with an “ultimate” double at Tamworth Paceway on Thursday night.

The Hunter Valley trainer-driver won the 2013 Golden Guitar Final by driving the Shane Tritton-trained Mach Beauty to a 1.1m win from Red Vee Hanover in a quick 1:58.8 mile rate, .4 outside Jasper Gold’s race and track record.

He then picked up the Hazells Farm & Fertilizer Services Final with the Michael Formosa-trained Ultimate Art, who won by 38.7m in a good 2:00.00 mile rate.

Chapple had won his first Golden Guitar with Neil Shannon, a gelding he trained, and was confident going into Thursday night’s final.

“We knew he was better than he had showed in the heat the other day,”  Chapple said.

In that heat he’d been beaten a half head by Make Some Magic in a 1:59.9 mile rate.

“He’s a good horse,”  Chapple said.

 Tritton agreed.

He had only just started training the son of Mach Three.

“A bloke, who I have never spoken too but dealt with only by e-mails, sent him from Melbourne,”  Tritton said.

“He’s sent me some nice horses too over the years. 

“They all said this bloke was a pretty good horse.

“I’ve only had him two months but he’d shown a bit.

“He went 56 in a trial and is definitely a better horse on a bigger track.”

That was one reason why he and Chapple elected to “sit in the chair” outside leader Packnplenty, to try to give him room to pace and negotiate the tighter Tamworth turns around the 750m track.

While  Chapple is an old Golden Guitar hand, with numerous drives in the final, Mach Beauty was Tritton’s first Golden Guitar Final runner.

“Guy was pretty confident about him and said he needed the run in the heats,” he said.

Tritton celebrated an unbeaten record with the gelding too.

Two wins from two runs has him thinking Mach Beauty might go on and win some nice races because of his toughness and touch of brilliance.

Chapple then celebrated by winning with Ultimate Art and almost made it a treble when Lifesa Ranger, trained by Michael Formosa, was a 3m second to Rod Pike’s Master Firehawke in the final race of Golden Guitar Final night, the Pryde’s EasiFeed Bio Mare Cubes Pace.

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