They have done it again!
The Ison siblings - Emma, Tom and Sam - became possibly the first family to drive a winner each on the program at an Armidale meeting back in March.
The Tamworth based trio repeated that achievement when all three drove winners on the 10-race program at the Tamworth harness meeting on Sunday evening.
As a 16-year-old Emma drove her first career winner behind Fear No Evil at the Armidale meeting which on the day was followed by the eldest in Sam when he both trained and drove Bassey to a win which was followed by Tom who won on Gargzdai Girl.
It was Emma who kick started the winning process once again when she guided Tepary to a win in the opening event at Tamworth - the TAB App Pace.
“She felt like she was going good in the race and she has been working really well so I had high hopes,” Emma said of Tepary.
Tepary was notching up her 10th career win at race start 111, with the Ohoka Arizona-U R Whatu Eat eight-year mare having her last win back in October 2017.
“I hope I did the family proud,” the now 17-year-old Emma added.
After commencing from the eight barrier, Emma was placed second last of the field whilst the Geoff Harding trained and driven Fakes First was leading the field with Dubbo pacer Medonc (Madison Reynolds) racing out in the breeze.
As the bell sounded Cronin (Mitch Faulkner) commenced a three-wide run from the back of the field.
“They were going pretty slow and I was like kind of hoping he (Cronin) would go and cart us into the race,” Emma said.
Tepary went on for a 2.9 metre win over Jackeroo Shannon (Sarah Rushbrook) with Cronin another 1.9m away third.
“I think she (Tepary) was getting a bit tired but she finished off well,” added Emma who also won The Pub sponsored Drive of The Night.
Tom then continued on the family’s winning streak when he drove the Jarred Hetherington trained Lexy Can Wait to an all the way win in the Hygain Golden Guitar Final Thursday 24th January Pace.
“It was awesome,” stated Tom of the win.
“I drove him (Lexy Can Wait) the meeting before at Tamworth when he broke the track record.”
Lexy Can Wait clocked a mile rate of 1.55.1 for 1609m for the win back on December 18, before a trip to Dubbo for the Boxing Day meeting resulting in a sixth placing.
The win on Sunday night over the 1609m once again at Tamworth was contested in 1.55.4(MR) with Lexy Can Wait having a 27m win over Somebeach N Clovelly (Jarrod Alchin) with Colonel Joy (Madi Young) 2.9m away third.
“I was confident” added Tom “Jarred said he was ready to go - he said I have got him as close as I can get him so be confident”
“It was good as, just go as fast as we could for as long as we could tactics” added Ison.
Sam then rounded out the family affair driving Bassey to victory in the Garrard’s Horse & Hound Tamworth City Cup 24th January Pace.
Bassey contested the Maitland Inter City Pace the week prior where the mare finished seventh to the Kevin Pizzuto trained Persimmon.
“The draw didn’t help much in the Inter City Pace but she was up near the lead tonight and she loves being there,” Sam said.
After landing in the one by one for a few strides he elected to take Bassey up to race outside the leader Kenfury Lass (Caitlin McElhinney).
“When Somerosesomewhere didn’t cross like I expected I went to the death anyway. She (Bassey) felt good in the run.”
Raced by Rod and Di Hazell, Bassey presented the owners with a 40th wedding anniversary present of her own in producing career win seven.
“It is their wedding anniversary today and they are off on holidays,” added Sam Ison of the Hazells.
Bassey had a 2.5m win over race favourite Kenfury Lass. Is That So (Dean Chapple) was another 2.1m away third.
“Last time Emma got her first winner that’s what happened then - we all got winners - Emma started the night off good for us,” Sam said.
And for the proud father Andy Ison, he was “just as impressed” as when the record was set back in March.
“They are just too good - the best part of that was it was Emma’s first winning drive at Armidale and tonight she drove the first winner for 2019 at Tamworth,” he said.