Tamworth harness racing: eight-event program for launch of Friday night racing

Tamworth Harness Racing Club will end the working week in style by kicking off Friday night harness racing with an eight-event program.

Meanwhile, next week’s Friday night meeting will feature the final two heats of the JC Caffyn Plate Indigenous Series.

Driver will then head to Menangle the following Sunday to contest the final as part of the Fishers Ghost meeting.

The first two heats were contested at Wagga last week.

Cessnock reinsman Danny Gibson drove a winner, as did Forbes reinsman Jeff Brown.

Parkes will host heats three and four this Sunday afternoon.

Michael Brown, far left, the organiser of the JC Caffyn Indigenous Series, and indigenous drivers who contested last year's series.

Michael Brown, far left, the organiser of the JC Caffyn Indigenous Series, and indigenous drivers who contested last year's series.

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Matt Coffee is contesting the JC Caffyn Indigenous Series this year.

Matt Coffee is contesting the JC Caffyn Indigenous Series this year.

The industry was saddened last week to hear of the passing of Hugh Carmody.

He was 92 years old.

Hughie was a pioneer of the sport and founded Lochend Stud in Maitland in 1973.

The stud is still operated by the Carmody family.

A respected man among his peers, Hughie was devoted to the advancement of breeding in NSW and had much success.

He stood many stallions over the past half century, including NSW sire of the year Tyrolean Dancer.

“Hughie Carmody was a true harness racing pioneer – not afraid to invest in the breeding industry and did so with considerable success,” Harness Racing NSW chief executive John Dumesny said.

“He was also one of the most respectful men in the industry, a man who rarely contested an issue and being only too willing to advance the sport.”   

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Manilla reinswoman Courtney Sutherland will be back home in time to take two drives at Friday’s Tamworth meeting.

She will drive Jax Tellar for her family’s stables and Risky Buziness for the Ricky Gordon stables.

Sutherland ventured north on Wednesday night to the Redcliffe harness meeting to take a drive behind the Gary Litzow-trained Playnserious – who drove to a win at Tamworth before – and displayed some game driving in finishing third.

Ruato Bay won the event by 1.8 metres over Raring To Go, with Playnserious a short half-head away third.

It was the first drive for Sutherland at Redcliffe Paceway.

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Keeping Pace kept an eye on the first Bathurst Shootout last Friday.

The fastest qualifier, Modern Era from the Brad Hewitt stables, took out the final with David Hewitt in the spider.

The race was contested over 1200 metres.

The gross time was 1.24.6 and the mile rate was 1.53.5.