All smiles for Ison’s double

Young Tamworth reinsman Tom Ison celebrated well at the Inverell meeting after driving a double with Western Safari for local Inverell trainer Col Hobday and Benji M Brogden who is trained by his father Andy Ison.

Midnight Montana with Richard Williams in the spider after the Inverell win. Picture courtesy of HRNSW.

Midnight Montana with Richard Williams in the spider after the Inverell win. Picture courtesy of HRNSW.

The younger Ison produced the biggest smile possible after going over the line with Benji M Brogden, who had a five metre win over Miss Catalina.

“That win was really special – we only had the horse for a week” said Ison.

“He (Benji M Brogden) felt really good in the race and he was punching down the back to come home strong.”

With 36 Queensland horses at the Inverell meeting another to gain a double was Warwick trainer and reinsman Dayl March who had a win with smart three year old Clintal Do from his own stables and behind the Lola Weidemann trained Pepperall.


What would one do at race start 150 – win of course!

That was the case for Midnight Montana in the opening event at Inverell last Sunday.

There was no problem for the seven year old Rollon Bigred gelding when he went straight to the lead to hold his opposition at bay before a four metre win over Diamondsfromheaven and Jax Tellar another two metres away third.

Raced by Queensland owner Barry Williams Midnight Montana is trained and on this occasion driven by his son Richard.

“He has been racing really well and with no luck so I am really happy” said Richard Williams after the win. “It’s a leader’s track”

From 150 starts Midnight Montana has gained 11 wins and 29 placings.


Hunter Valley junior reinsman Brad Elder – who has graced the Tamworth Paceway on several occasions drove his 100th winner last Tuesday night at Newcastle in the opening event behind Kenandi Illusion trained by his father Darren.


Recent Tamworth Cup winner Better Than Max really showed them at Bathurst on Wednesday night. The Darren Reay trained and Grant Fuller owned gelding beat fellow Hunter Valley runner Ultimate Art in the Hondo Grattan Sprint.

Driven by Luke McCarthy, Better Than Max clocked 1.52.7 for 1730 metres setting a new track record.

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