Carnival gold up for grabs

A little piece of Gold is set to herald the beginning of the Tamworth Pacing carnival next Wednesday night.

Fields will be released later this afternoon and all will be revealed as to the runners competing in The Pub Group Gold Nugget race with $10,000 prize kitty and a piece of gold – valued at over $2,000 – as the trophy.

Last year’s winner was Charli Dollar for Gunnedah owner Terry Gardner, while Inter Dominion campaigner Ultimate Art wrapped up the 2014 running and Bathurst pacer Major Gambler triumphed in 2015.

With the Maitland Inter City Pace just run and won, word is there maybe a few contenders from that race happy to come further north for the gold.

Look for your local pacers as well and be trackside to cheer them on.

The 54th Maitland Inter City Pace was taken out by Express Stride driven by Luke McCarthy.

It was the fourth time that McCarthy has been able to raise the trophy high and he vows to return for more!

McCarthy dove his first winner of the feature back in 2012 when he trained and drove Lettucerocku, followed then by All Eyes On Us in 2015 and Kept Under Wraps [2016] with both winners trained by wife Belinda and then Express Stride [2017] trained by Craig Cross.

The Maitland Inter City Pace had an added bonus this year with the safe arrival on race day of Tanner John Harmey – son for trainer Clayton Harmey and his partner Ang Morris - who had Heroic Outlaw engaged in the feature

Who Killed Kenny has risen again!

The gelding won again at Tamworth last Sunday night in taking out the Kidszone Tamworth Pace for local trainer and reinsman Danny Mackney, who was pleased with the six-year-old gelding.

“He was just short of a run” said Mackney who has driven Who Killed Kenny in all but three of his 57 race starts which has produced four wins and 18 placings.

“He is a bit of a sook” added Mackney.

If the Gold fever is really starting to take a hold of you - The Prydes Easifeed Golden Guitar Final will be staged on Friday Jan 27.

Taking a look back in the history books of 1985,  the now Listed Classic race was taken back to the Hunter Valley when the Barry Matterson trained and driven Titans Earl won the Final of the Golden Guitar Progressive Handicap with a mile rate of 2.16.2 for 2210 metres.

Prizemoney to the winner back in 1985 was $3,375.

In 2016 the prizemoney was $15,000 for the winner.

Please feel free to contact me on 0439818261 or keepingpace125@gmail.com

Thank you to all those well wishers through the week on the return of Keeping Pace! Good to be back.

Back in business: Who Killed Kenny and Danny Mackney after their Tamworth win. Mackney has driven the gelding in all but three of his 57 race starts.

Back in business: Who Killed Kenny and Danny Mackney after their Tamworth win. Mackney has driven the gelding in all but three of his 57 race starts.