Keeping Pace: Maitland's Morgan in fine form

Daniel Morgan: The 20-year-old will be kept busy this weekend with three drives on Sunday in Tamworth after five in Newcastle the night before.

Daniel Morgan: The 20-year-old will be kept busy this weekend with three drives on Sunday in Tamworth after five in Newcastle the night before.

REINSMAN Daniel Morgan is making the trip from Maitland on Sunday evening to contest the Tamworth HRC meeting and he is in fine driving form.

The 20-year-old had a career best last Saturday night at Newcastle when he drove four winners – two for his father Paul – along with outside drives for Michael Osborn and Kristine Jackson.

Morgan has three drives at Tamworth - two for Michael Osborn with Pay On The Pacer and Columbian Gold, and Shadow River for Kristine Jackson – that’s after he has five drives the night before, once again at Newcastle.

“I thought I had two or three good chances coming into last week’s Newcastle meeting but I didn’t think luck would go my way all night,” added Morgan.

THE Happy 60th Anniversary Toby and Judy Grant Pace has drawn some interest and congratulations to Manilla local’s Toby and Judy Grant who celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary through the week.  The duo have been around harness racing in the north west as trainer/driver/breeders longer than they have been married and will be trackside for sure on Sunday evening – that’s if they get over the celebrations on Saturday.

GREEN is the new orange – green grass that is, after the success of the Orange HRC meeting last Sunday. When you get compliments and the presence of the board of HRNSW, the CEO, the Minister for Racing, the Federal MP and the Mayor of Orange to your meeting - Towac Park Racetrack is most certainty on next year’s race calendar.

The crowd on hand were convinced the move to the grass-track racing has been an unqualified success and Teal once again shone through. Amanda Turnbull took out the two features, Angela Hedges won the Drivers Invitational and Ashleigh Grives (nee Siejka for the Uralla folks) also had a win.

THERE are two feature races at Tamworth this Sunday evening with the Joan Bullock Memorial and the Bearing Accessories Local Pace. The late Joan Bullock loved the sport along with her husband Peter, who is making the trip back from Bathurst, where he enjoys success in training for Rayngold. Peter took out the Joan Bullock Memorial feature back in 2011 when he trained and drove Lacy Shannon to success. Tamworth has a big nine card race with the first set to go at 5.50pm.

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