Keeping Pace: Ready to race under Friday night lights

Good boy: He's Our Boy and Dan Morgan heading to the line for career win number seven at Tamworth last week.
Good boy: He's Our Boy and Dan Morgan heading to the line for career win number seven at Tamworth last week.

Are you ready to trot out the end of the working week? Well you are in luck with the Tamworth Harness Racing Club hosting an eight-race meeting tonight with the first race set to go at 5.45pm.

Keeping Pace this week decided to speak with a few winners from last week as they head into the Wests Entertainment Group Spring Race night meeting.

Three of those last-start winners will meet each other in a $10,000 heat with a chance of heading to Menangle.

Maddison Simon kicked off her new race season on the front foot when the 16-year-old drove Mammals Rockstar to a win in the Lounges Plus-Made For You Ladyship Pace last week.

The mare is owned and trained by her grandfather Len Simon.

After racing in on the leader’s back – Redbank Olivia, Simon elected to go as the field entered the final turn before coming away for a 7-metre win over Artisticia Uno (Sarah Rushbrook) and Redbank Olivia (Dean Chapple) another three metres away third.

“She went really well today” Simon said after the win. “I knew she wasn’t going to lead the way but she got in behind the leader and proved that she was good enough in the end”

Simon nearly had another winner at the meeting when Sir Cracker finished second and tonight will head into the meeting with Dark Side in the opening event – Wests Platinum Pace TAB Pace; Mammals Rockstar in the Wests Entertainment Group Spring Raceday Ladyship Pace; and Itz Platinum Plus in the The Courts@East Pace.

Former Queensland pacer Seven Rippin Aces is relishing his move from Queensland and produced yet another win last week and will start from the two barrier tonight in The Courts@East Pace.

“He likes the front line draws. The closer he is the better he goes,” said trainer and reinsman Jamie Donovan. 

“This bloke hasn’t put a foot wrong since we moved here – he has settled in well to his new surrounds.”

Since his arrival to the north west back in July Seven Rippin Aces has had two wins and two seconds from five race starts at Tamworth and has drawn the two barrier in The Courts@East Pace.

“If I hit the front on Friday night there will be some yahooing!” laughed Donovan.

Donovan will have a big night at the Paceway as he will also take up three drives for the Weidemann stables.