Owner Sue Dean and trainer Brett Hutchings were over the moon with Lucky Laag’s second win in a row. sub A number of local trainers and drivers headed to the Dubbo Harness Racing meeting last Sunday afternoon optimistic of having good success.
But it is doubtful that anyone would have anticipated how the afternoon would unfold.
The meeting saw leading stables from Bathurst in attendance and despite a winning double for trainer-driver Steve Turnbull with Skewbridge Road and The Space Invader, it was an unusually quiet day for the likes of Nathan Hurst and Ashlee Siejka.
The afternoon began with a bang when the Adam Bellach trained Highly Excitable ($4.20) scored a tough win in the Daily Liberal Pace (2120m).
Driven by Parkes reinsman, Steve Dowton and part owned by Bellach and stable owner Cameron Dunn, Highly Excitable raced without cover but was still able to forge clear for a five metre win.
The Parkes connection continued in race two, the Agriweld Pace (1720m) when Dubbo trainer Greg Pay employed the services of David Harris Junior to guide Sanity Claus ($5.60) to an eight metre victory over Forbes mare Baked In The City.
It was a great front running drive by Harris who often drives for the Pay family, the association yielding strong results.
Murray Sullivan’s assault started in the TAB Competitive Stakes (1720m) when the highly talented reinsman reunited with Parkes trainer Brett Hutchings to land the Sue Dean owned Lucky Laag ($6.60) home first with a clear three and a quarter metre victory in a smart 2.00.8.
For Sue, it was a satisfying result as the mare produced an identical front running performance to that on her home track a week earlier, making it back to back wins which Mrs Dean explained is a rare feat for her as an owner.
Loch Lochy ($3.80) was the second of Sullivan’s treble, scoring a 12 metre win in the Hogs Breath Café Competitive Stakes (1720m).
The gelding has proven to be an enigma this season but he put it altogether to record an emphatic win, rating 2.01.9 to give trainer Jason Gaffney a much needed lift as he was hospitalised on Sunday morning due to illness.
Jason’s sister Emma races Loch Lochy who is an above average pacer when he is on his best behaviour.
The David and Audrey Mason owned Kyalla Stuart (Nathan Hurst) made it a Forbes quinella.
Enjaycee ($5.20) capped off a top afternoon for Sullivan as he was able to land the money with a pacer trained by his brother Braden, scoring a solid two metre win in the Dubbo RSL Pace (1720m).
He was chased home by Parkes pair Lucky Shannon from the Terry Powter barn and Poppy Cee (Andrew Cassell).
Nearby Grenfell got in on the act when the Robert Anderson trained and reined Holy Camp Girl ($5.00) stormed home from near last to take out the feature event of the afternoon, the Dubbo RSL Resort Christmas Cup (2120m).
Anderson showed patience on the mare and she unleashed a dazzling sprint over the final 300 metres to overhaul pacemaker, Smack Dab Shannon (Michael Munro) by the barest of margins, a half head.
Central coast visitor Lavra Bhutan (Guy Chapple) may have been a touch unlucky after racing behind the leader and getting out late.
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