HEDGES Avenue now has a picket fence beside her name after notching up her third straight win in taking out the Tamworth Country Music Festival 18th to 27th January Pace last Sunday at Tamworth.
Trained at Tamworth by Ian “Ernie” Mabbott, Hedges Avenue started as race favourite with Mitch Faulkner taking the reins.
“She is a nice, strong, tough mare and she got a bit fired up in the run but held on in the end,” Faulkner said.
“Last start, she sat out in the breeze and went 57 over the mile and out toughed them and she showed a bit more toughness over the longer distance in this win. I was having a bit of trouble holding her in the middle sections.”
From the one barrier, Hedges Avenue had an all-the-way win in the 1980m event with a mile rate of 1.58.5.
“She is a bit temperamental but I’m happy to get the drive on her,” Faulkner said.
It has also been a great training feat by Ernie Mabbot in producing four wins from Hedges Avenue from the mare’s last seven starts.
GOOD old Jax Teller was back in the winner’s circle at Tamworth with a brilliant run in taking out the Tamworth HRC Racing Carnival 16th to 24th January Pace from the three barrier.
Trained at Manilla by Chris Sutherland, it was his daughter Courtney who guided Jax Tellar to his eighth career win at race start 123.
“I was very happy with the draw - he finally got a good barrier draw and brought it home for us tonight,” Courtney said.
As the bell sounded, Jax Tellar raced out in the breeze with Whatevermate leading the field with Madi Young taking the reins.
Madi Young was making a top effort at the Tamworth meeting after a heavy fall the night before while competing at the Temora meeting.
The win of Bassey, trained and driven by Sam, was a great 40th wedding anniversary present for the mare’s owners...
Jax Tellar kicked away down the home straight holding on for a metre win over a fast-finishing Rolamax from the Neil Kleindienst stables driven by Dean Chapple.
“He is always happy rolling along in the front,” Courtney said. “I was confident out in the breeze but was a bit worried when Chappy (Rolamax) was coming down the outside.
“I’m happy the horse is back in the winner’s circle.”
Jax Tellar had his last win nearly 12 months ago on January 17, 2018.
THERE was a Dubbo invasion to the Tamworth meeting with trainer William Stubbs having to wait until the final event to pick up a win. Lovin Everyday took out the Sky Sports Radio Pace driven by Tamworth reinsman Dean Chapple.
“William has got the mare looking a million dollars and she raced accordingly,” Chapple said.
The Ison family also had a great showing at the Tamworth meeting with siblings Emma, Tom and Sam all driving a winner each.
The win of Bassey, trained and driven by Sam, was a great 40th wedding anniversary present for the mare’s owners - Rod and Di Hazell from Hazell’s Farm & Fertilizers.
GOOD to see former Tamworth trainer who is now domiciled in Bathurst, Peter Bullock, train a trifecta in the WIN News Pace at Bathurst on Monday. Enks Spot Shannon (Amy Rees) was the first to greet the judge by 6.8m over stablemate Jedda Shannon (Glenn McElhinney) and Shazam Shannon (Nathan Hoy) another 10m away third.
TAMWORTH owner Henry Campbell was trackside on Saturday night at TABCORP Park Melton to see his mare Reciprocity take out the Group 3 VHRC $30,000 Metropolitan Pace with a winning mile rate of 1.56 for 2240m – the mare also won the heat leading into the final.
Reciprocity is trained by Peter Manning and was driven by his daughter Kerryn, with the duo only having the mare for five race starts for four wins.
DON’T miss the upcoming Tamworth HRC Racing Carnival which starts on Wednesday night, January 16 with the running of The Pub Gold Nugget Race - followed by Heats of the Golden Guitar on Sunday, January 20 as well as the $15,000 Pit Express Starmaker 3yo Final at that meeting. Thursday, January 24 will see the running of the Garrard’s Tamworth City Cup and the Hygain $25,000 Listed Classic Golden Guitar Final.