All roads will lead to Inverell this Sunday for the club's big Carnival of Cups meeting.
And with an eight-race program set down, it is looking to be a good day out. There are also plenty of last-start winners on the program.
The $10,000 Tabcorp Carnival of Cups Pace has attracted two last-start winners, in Ballator Thor from the Greg Coney stables, and Rolamax for the Neil Kliendienst stables. Both runners will come into the feature with wins at Tamworth last week.
The win of Rolamax had an added bonus, with trainer and reinsman Neil Kliendienst picking up his first winning drive since his return to the sport after a 14-year absence. He is looking forward to gracing the Inverell paceway once again for the first time in a long time.
Armidale pacer Peggy Sue Shannon will also head to the Inverell meeting after a last-start win for trainer Les Enks, in taking out the Billy Grima Memorial at Tamworth on March 7. She was driven by Lola Weidemann, and will contest the Kevin & Kay Seymour Mares Pace at Inverell.
The Inverell meeting has also attracted plenty of Queensland trainers including the Dayl March stables, with my money going on Clintal Do in the final race of the day.
Local Inverell pacer Bandan has drawn the one barrier in the Blue Gem Contractors Pace and will have a strong following after a last-start win at Tamworth for trainer Julie Hobday, who trains the pacer for her father Col Hobday. It was certainly a special win by Bandan at Tamworth, as Col was celebrating his 79th birthday on the day. Happy birthday Col.
Inverell will kick off their big meeting at 2pm, and local identity Greg Kachel will be in town to call the program.
Tamworth trainer Ernie Mabbott enjoyed watching a first-up win from Cause A Big Scene, who was resuming from a spell at Tamworth last meeting.
The gelding had contested his last start back in May, 2018 for the Tim Gillespie stables in Queensland. Cause A Big Scene is raced by John Varga and his son Anthony, who also handled the reins for a 10-metre win over race favourite Jakes Art (Bread Elder) in the Dome Financial Group Pace.
The Mabbott stables then turned their focus across the border, with Hedges Avenue recording another impressive win, in the Australian Female Drivers Championship Heat 7 last Saturday night. Reinsman Kelli Dawson utilised the sprint lane in the race, with Hedges Avenue's mile rate 1min 56.1sec for 2138m. Hedges Avenue paid $34 for the win.
Hedges Avenue is raced by Mabbott, along with his son Anthony.