Harness Racing: Christian Shannon sprints around the field to win Stewarts Grain Trading Pace

Strong win: Christian Shannon goes to the line nicely for Tamworth trainer and reinswoman Sarah Rushbrook at Inverell on Sunday. Photo: Coffee Photography
Strong win: Christian Shannon goes to the line nicely for Tamworth trainer and reinswoman Sarah Rushbrook at Inverell on Sunday. Photo: Coffee Photography

Christian Shannon broke through for a second win this season for Tamworth trainer and reinswoman Sarah Rushbrook at Inverell on Sunday.

“I have been busting to get him in a race where I can actually get a sit with him,” Rushbrook said. 

Rushbrook found herself three back on the outside running line with the bay gelding before formulating a three-wide sprint around the field with 500m to go in the Stewarts Grain Trading Pace.

“In trackwork from behind he (Christian Shannon) is unbeatable and when I saw the seven draw I thought finally - the speed was on and it just suited him,” she said.

“I had to steer him off a little bit on the home turn being a knee knocker, so he did well.”

Christian Shannon had a 5.5m win over Gargzdai Girl (Tom Ison) with Captain Charge Over (Stacey Weidemann) another 2m away third.

With light rain falling throughout the meeting Rushbrook was happy with the Inverell Paceway.

“I can’t fault this track – the rain has done it good,” she said.

“We will now go to the Armidale meeting on Sunday.”

With the Teal trouser campaign still active for the Harness Racing NSW Ovarian Cancer Fundraiser, Rushbrook celebrated her second win for the Teal Appeal.

“This season is the first season I have won a race in the teal pants and now I have won two so I am stoked that I can even contribute,” she said.

Sydney based reinswoman Maddi Young also added to the Teal Appeal at Inverell when she drove Ultimate Dawn to a win in the Wade Street Meats Pace.

“It is actually my first win in the teal pants this year,” said Young, who took the drive for Tamworth trainer Greg Coney.

“It’s good to win for the cause.”

Sitting toward the back of the field with Ultimate Dawn, Young elected to go three wide around the field up the back straight on the final occasion.

“I felt they were all struggling down the back and my horse was still travelling alright so I thought I might as well just go with it - I just took off up the back,” she said.

Ultimate Dawn had a 5.7m win over Rushbrook’s Jackeroo Shannon. Alyeska Dream (Tom Ison) was third another 2.7m back.