Mighty milestone for marvellous Amanda at Peak Hill

03:24 PM 16 Jun 2014 NZST
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Steve and Amanda Turnball
It was a milestone that crept up on leading Bathurst harness racing reinswoman Amanda Turnbull but it was one that she will savour for many years to come.

On the eve of her relocating to Victoria to start a new facet of her life with partner Nathan Jack, Amanda landed her 1000th winner at the Peak Hill Harness Racing Club's TAB Carnival of Cups meeting on Sunday afternoon in what can only be described as a mighty effort.

The 24 year old who has inherited the ability of her famous grandfather AD Turnbull and her equally talented father Steve not only busted through the 1000 winner barrier but she also bagged four winners and three placegetters on the eight race program.

Amanda didn't have to wait very long to crack the marvellous milestone as it came up in the second race of the afternoon when she combined with her brother Josh to score with Forever Texas ($2.30) in the Elders Rural Services Pace (2250m).

She charged the gelding out of gate three to lead and then proceeded to set a brisk pace.

And although the gelding was shortening stride as the race drew to a close, he boxed on determinedly to score by a head over Major Gambler ($18.30, Blair Hurst) which had applied plenty of pressure over the final 800 metres and was gallant in defeat.

Veracity Red ($3.80) was given every chance by Amy Day who tracked the leaders into the straight but he had to settle for third placing after failing to get on terms with them.

There were plenty of supporters on hand to offer congratulations to Amanda and she was presented with flowers and a specially made cake, inscribed with the milestone.

Shiraz Shannon ($1.80) scored a clear win in a lack lustre affair which was the Tony & Jill McGrath Pace (2250m) to give Amanda her second winner for the afternoon and trainer Bruce Dumesny his first winner in over 30 years.

And it was simply a case of the horse who got the best run got the money with Amanda landing the one out, one back trail with Shiraz Shannon who sprinted quickly at the top of the lane and pinched a winning break.

Tee Tiny ($11.90, Andrew Cassell) came from last to grab the second prize narrowly in advance of Snags Hall ($3.10, Steve Dowton) which led and had every chance.

Precious M ($1.80) continued the "mid meeting" assault Amanda inflicted on her opponents, taking out the Yardy and Rita Davis Memorial (2250m).

This time she was seen up in the death chair with Precious M and the horse was always travelling well within itself until Amanda hit the go button on the home turn.

The gelding dashed past the leader and then had to hold off a late challenge from Getaloadaher ($10.90, Blair Hurst) which had followed the winner every inch of the way.

Ryans Lane ($5.70, Steve Turnbull) was the pacemaker and although he was well rated in front, he failed to see out the distance and had to settle for third.

Cracka Stride ($1.30) could not have been more impressive than he was in taking out the Menangle Where Horses Fly Country Series Heat (1800m), completing Amanda's quartet of winners.

After enduring a real charge for the lead, Cracka Stride eventually worked to the lead with 1400 metres to run and Amanda simply ran her opposition off their legs, recording 1.57.9 on the way to a thirteen and a half metre victory.

Bohemian Art ($16.60, Anthony Winnell) was the early leader and then sat on the winner's back throughout, holding on strongly for second while Hallycould ($12.50, John O'Shea) ran a respectable race for third after being the other horse in that early speed battle.

The Peak Hill Ex-Services & Citizens Club Final (1800m) promised to be a great race and it was certainly shaping that way until the field reached the 400 metre mark when the two favourites for the race, Fantasy Level and Half Crown Gap struck trouble with the latter hitting the deck and dislodging driver Steve Turnbull.

Meanwhile, I Surf ($15.20, Murray Sullivan) emerged out of the pack after enjoying a cosy run and got clear near the line to score a strong win over Janets Ace ($15.50, Terry Robb) and Blessedbythebest ($8.50, Amanda Turnbull).

I Surf which is owned by prominent Penrith Solicitor, Greg Harris rated 1.58.3 and continued the great run of success being enjoyed by Forbes trainer Jason Gaffney who is building up a nice team of pacers.

It was a similar scene in the Tabcorp Park Menangle Country Series Heat (1800m) when Murray Sullivan took a nasty tumble from Bee Mine with 500 metres to run.

Stewards deemed the fall was caused by a racing incident and couldn't lay blame on any individual.

Thankfully Sullivan escaped with minor injuries as did Steve Turnbull in the previous race.

Highview Aria ($3.00) led in the race and again, Amanda Turnbull set a brisk pace.

Heza Nuther Melody ($10.50) was able to slot in behind the pace and it was at the 500 metre mark that driver Garth Hot shunted his way into the clear and went out after Highview Aria.

The pair settled down to a two horse war for the last furlong and Heza Nuther Melody got the upper hand over the concluding stages to record a strong three and a half metre win.

Grouse Party House ($18.10, Robert Clifford) worked home well after racing back along the pegs and he grabbed the third prize.

Amy Day made the long trip up from Goulburn worthwhile when she drew early blood in the opening event, the Rosewood Stud 3yo Pace (2250m) with Red Onahi ($3.50).

Day always had the flashy chestnut well placed in the running line and despite only winning by a nose, Red Onahi appeared to be the one to beat a long way from home.

Amy's cousin, Michael Day Junior was the one who almost upset the apple cart as he brought Pride Of Flight ($11.20) home with a well-timed run from near last and the close finish even left race caller, Craig Easey a little embarrassed as he went the wrong way.

Happy Napa ($29.50, John O'Shea) flashed up late to run third, just two metres in arrears.

Forbes trained youngster, Karinya Mully ($25.40) recorded a popular win in the Langlands Hanlon 3yo Pace (2250m) giving trainer, driver Gary Eyre and Trundle owners Tom and Col Quade a well-deserved win.

Eyre sat patiently at the back of the field for the majority of the trip and when he moved Karinya Mully to the centre of the track with 400 metres to run, the gelding sprinted quickly and rounded the leaders up in the twinkling of an eye.

On the line, he had a two and a half metre advantage over Artista Lombo ($2.10, Amanda Turnbull) which settled with a trail but then found the death seat with 800 metres to run.

Team Of Starzzz ($3.40, Amy Day) sat behind the leader and appeared to get his chance after seeing daylight in the straight.

Harness Racing New South Wales

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