Michelle Fleming picks up a training double with wins in Tamworth and Sydney

Kootingal trainer Michelle Fleming sent runners to two tracks 400 kilometres apart on Saturday and came home with a win at each.

As The Lion roared at Royal Randwick, Herecum Da Drums beat all his opponents in the final race at the Tamworth Jockey Club.

The Lion won the $60,000 TAB Highway Handicap (1100m) by three lengths.

It was the four-year-old gelding’s second highway handicap and his fourth victory in 15 starts.

Fleming was “really excited” after a memorable day. The trainer was in Sydney to watch The Lion go around.

“He does love coming down here, though,” she said of The Lion.

“He loves travelling and the atmosphere. We’re having a ball with the horse and Chris [O’Brien] rides him so beautifully.

“It’s all very exciting stuff, to be at Randwick is very exciting. I’m just so lucky to have such good horses and great owners.”

Fleming said she would give The Lion a breather after the big win.

“Might have a look at something at Grafton for him,” she said of the fast approaching July Racing Carnival at Grafton.

“We’ll give him a little freshen up this week.”

Meanwhile in Tamworth, Herecum Da Drums notched his third win from 23 starts when the gelding finished strongly to beat Jane Clement’s Tango Time by a short neck in the Noelene Martin Memorial Class 2 Handicap (1000m).

It was also 27-year-old apprentice Wendy Peel’s second win of the day after winning the first race on Sue Grills’ More Than Magico.

Peel hails from Spring Ridge and had been with Peter Robl in Sydney for 18 months before moving to Tamworth six weeks ago.

“That’s my 12th winner,” Wendy Peel said after sooling Herecum Da Drums to a Noelene Martin Memorial Cup.

“He ran home super, came home really strong,” she said.


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