Gelding streets ahead

A HUGE reversal in form saw Harris Street take out the second race at Tamworth Paceway on Friday.

The Muswellbrook-based Bruce Parkinson-trained gelding has recently had two ninth places and a tenth in its past three races.

The last win for the five-year-old was way back in July 2012 at the same course.

Driver Peter Hedges put the dramatic change of form down to the horse maturing.

“He is a very green horse and still has a lot to do,” Hedges said.

“At the same time we have had a few outside draws and unlucky runs.”

Following a couple of trial rides in the Hunter with Hedges on board, both driver and trainer thought he would be right for the Tamworth race.

“When we drew one we knew he would take some beating,” Hedges said.

“I thought the favourite would be hard to beat, but he ran well and we did it.”

Narrabri’s Garry Shepherdson-trained the favourite Nepbet, and the brown gelding was right in the race.

The two horses led from the start and broke away from the rest of the field by three lengths after the bell.

Harris Street was in front and the inside run gave him the race by a length.

“The pace of the race was quite good and suited,” Hedges said.

“We had some fairly nice sections early which set it up.”

With another win under his belt the horse will now return to Muswellbrook.

“We will see how he pulls up and decide where to go from there,” Hedges said.

“We might come back to Tamworth, although we will probably look for a run around Maitland or Newcastle next.”

o The THRC now prepares for their big Golden Guitar Carnival that starts with the Wednesday Gold Nuggett meeting on January 15.

That is followed by the Sunday, January 19 twilight meeting that will include heats of the Golden Guitar before the Friday night, January 24 Golden Guitar Final meeting.

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