It was a great Mother’s Day present when Jax Tellar presented to the winner’s podium last Sunday evening after the running of the Tamworth HRC Volunteers Pace at Tamworth.
Driven by Manilla reinswoman Courtney Sutherland it was her second career winning drive and the second win for Jax Tellar this season with the Modern Art gelding making it a family affair as the six-year-old is raced by Courtney in partnership with her mother Donna while father Chris handles the training.
Sutherland had her mind on the task at hand and settled Jax Tellar outside the leader Big Riddle (Scotty-Jon Welsh) where she was happy to race until in the back straight on the final occasion Sutherland urged Jax Tellar along to come away for a nine metre win over The Know It All (Maddie Bond) and Sporty Shannon (Brad Elder) three metres away third with Sutherland picking up The Pub Group Drive of the Night.
Harness racing can be a tough game as we saw last Sunday at the Tamworth Paceway when both Anthony Varga and Michael Grima were dislodged from their gigs as the barrier pulled away at the commencement of the first running of the Tamworth HRC Volunteers Pace. At top speed of over 60 kilometres an hour at release point, both drivers were soon on the track after Sassy Shannon (Varga) and Iownaturbo (Grima) fell. Both drivers and horses are doing well with Anthony Varga returning to hospital for further x-rays on his arm and Michael Grima is enduring a cracked pelvis but we can report that both reinsmen are in high spirits.
Sadly this afternoon we will say farewell to one of our “Old Boys” in Merv Duncan with a service to be conducted at Alston Chapel, Lincoln Grove Memorial Gardens at 2pm.
Merv enjoyed great success over the years with his last stable star being Tosca Eagle who raced with success back in the late 80s. He celebrated many wins as both a trainer and reinsman. To Gwen and the Duncan family we convey our condolences.
After a win at Tamworth last Sunday Merry Jasper will be heading to Newcastle tomorrow night to contest the TAB Pace for Tamworth trainer Brendan Hunt with Maitland reinsman Mitch Chapple taking the reins.
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