IT may have been a chilly day at the Tamworth harness meeting last Sunday but there were plenty of winners generating warmth.
Maddison Simon continued on her winning way when Dark Side won the West Entertainment Group Pace by two metres over Madeyamoney (Lola Weidemann).
Simon’s win made her grandparents’ day. Len Simon trains the seven-year-old gelding, and his wife, Maureen, owns the horse. “He raced really good,” Simon said. “I wished he had a little bit of cover in the race but he went alright.”
With Nice One Jon from the Dean Chapple stables leading the field, Dark Side raced at the tail of the field before being placed in a three-wide run as the bell went and taking the race over favourite Madeyamoney. Dark Side paid $12.10 for the win.
BASSEY produced her fourth win for the season in taking out the Thread Effects Ladyship Pace at Tamworth. “I know she can run,” the horse’s trainer and reinsman Sam Ison said. “She has ripped something out like that before.”
After racing towards the tail of the field, Ison positioned the horse in a three-wide run around the field with the mare Big Jim. Bassey recorded a neck win over the new acquisition for the Faulkner stables and the race favourite, Guilty Pleasure.
Since notching her first win at Maitland in November 2017, Bassey has had success at Armidale and twice at Tamworth for owners Rod and Di Hazell. She paid $21.20 for the win on Sunday.
We haven’t done a lot with him, but he had a lot of gate speed and won well.- Brad Elder
MONTY, or as we know him, Midnight Montana, made it into the winner’s circle again for trainer Richard Williams and gave Maitland reinsman Brad Elder a driving double for the day. “He was well graded again and Richie has done a good job with him,” Elder said after the win in the Prydes Easifeed Pace.
Midnight Montana has been a little treasure for his owner Barry Williams, and the eight-year-old gelding is getting close to race start 200.
The other winner for Elder was Sports Bounty, trained by his uncle Michael and having his first start for the Elder stables.
“I wasn’t 100 per cent confident going into the race,” Brad Elder said. “We haven’t done a lot with him. But he had a lot of gate speed and won well. There could be a few more ahead for him.”
The 10-race program at Tamworth also saw Moonbi trainer Dean Chapple produce both a training and driving double with Miss Contravene and Kudos Bert. The Mitch Faulkner stables scored a training and driving treble with Spirtio Nero, Somebeach N Clovelly and Onedin Highlander.
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