New trainer finds key to Big Tom Lombo

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.”

Big Tom Lombo and Anthony Varga (left) are waiting to finish on and claim leader The Ultimate Legacy at Tamworth Paceway yesterday. Photo: Barry Smith 080514BSF01

Big Tom Lombo and Anthony Varga (left) are waiting to finish on and claim leader The Ultimate Legacy at Tamworth Paceway yesterday. Photo: Barry Smith 080514BSF01

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