BIG TOM Lombo made his debut for Ernie Mabbott a winning one when he finished strongly to win yesterday’s Allen Fox Equine Massage Lordship Pace (1609m).
The three-year-old colt had raced 14 times for southern trainer Greg Coney without success but rushed home from midfield to snare a 3.25m win from Ultimate Ace (Michel Formosa), with Nepbet (Peter Hedges) a half head away third.
“I was a bit worried down the back,’ driver Anthony Varga said.
“I’d never driven him before, didn’t know how he was going to go. But Greg (Coney) does a great job with them and he raced home well.”
Ernie Mabbott was in a similar frame of mind.
“I haven’t had that much to do with him,” Mabbott said.
“Greg (Coney) did all the hard work with him. Anthony (Mabbott) used to train a few for him and he sent us a few up.”
Chapple notched a double for himself and Mabbott when Kemira Cause won the TAB Rewards Pace.
Anthony Varga almost snared himself a driving double when Mithrys Magic went under by a half head in the TAB App Pace (1980m).
Double Barrel gave Uralla father and son, Peter and David Munsie, a good win when the five-year-old daughter of Art Major prevailed in a 2:03 mile rate.
It was her first win in almost 12 months and Dave Munsie celebrated by winning the next, the National Trotguide Pace (1980m) behind the Brendan Hunt-trained Smart Cecil.
It was the first time Munsie had seen the pacer, let alone driven him for his young Quirindi trainer.
“Full credit to Brendan,” Munsie said in a trackside interview with Mark Lowe.
“He rang me through the week. He’s a beautiful horse to drive.
“We got the run at the right time and the rest is history.”