Two shades of grey make for winning story at Tamworth

GREY was a winning colour for 16-year-old Tom Ison as well as Queensland visitors Julie and Lola Weidemann at Tamworth Paceway yesterday.

Grey Ghost Gum and Julie Weidemann on the way to a win at Tamworth Paceway yesterday.  Photo: Gareth Gardner  240714GGD03

Grey Ghost Gum and Julie Weidemann on the way to a win at Tamworth Paceway yesterday. Photo: Gareth Gardner 240714GGD03

Ison was having his first day of driving and, at just his second drive, the Year 10 student at Tamworth High School won with Pipers Challenge.

“My first day. I  love it,” the teenage debutante said.

Earlier, Ghost Gum, trained and driven by Julie Weidemann, won by a neck, the rose grey two-year-old gelding holding on to beat Moonbi gelding Cobla Tee Dee in yesterday’s Renew Your Membership Before July 31 Pace (1980m).

Besides driving  the flashy grey, Weidemann also owns and trains the son of Jet Laag.

“We bred him too,”  Weidemann said after the narrow but decisive win.

“We bred his mother (Eagle Street) too. She wasn’t too bad, pretty handy.”

Ghost Gum has been something of a “handful from day dot”,  Weidemann added.

“He was a magnificent bronze colour when he was born. He’s getting white now.

“That’s his second win for us – hopefully he’ll win a few more.”

Ghost Gum won the second of eight races at Tamworth Paceway yesterday.

The Weidemann sisters brought 10 pacers down from their Clifton base.

“It’s not too bad a drive, only six hours,” Julie said.

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