Day At The Track

Townsend hoping for Peak Hill success

02:00 AM 11 Jun 2014 NZST
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Harness Racing NSW
Alectown harness racing trainer Nathan Townsend has only one horse racing currently but he is hoping his lone charge can play a major role in the Peak Hill Ex-Services and Citizens Club Final this Sunday afternoon after winning a heat of the $10,000 event last weekend. Three Point Turn proved too strong for the short priced favourite Fantasy Level but Townsend believes he will need his runner to improve again in the final.

"We bought Three Point Turn from New Zealand and when we first got him we thought he must have been one of the slowest horses ever to come out of there but he is racing very consistently now," Townsend said.

"He doesn't have a very fast sprint but he can run 30 second quarters consistently, he just finds it a bit tough when they run a 28 second quarter because he just can't go with them. But with such a big rise in the Peak Hill track from the 600 metre mark to the winning post the track suits him nicely."

Sunday's meeting at Peak Hill is part of HRNSW's Carnival Of Cups and with the strong prizemoney on offer Townsend is hoping to grab a share of it for his owners.

"Unfortunately one of Three Point Turn's owners passed away a couple of months ago at the young age of 42 and it would be nice to get a good result for his family."

"I drove a horse in another of the heats called Half Crown Gap and I think he is going to take a lot of beating in the final. I was forced out wide a long way from home last Sunday and I poked along outside them and was only grabbed right on the line. He is definitely the horse to beat."

Townsend is hoping to qualify a three year old filly this weekend which would effectively double his team.

"She's by Art Major and I'm planning on trialling her. It has been a bit quiet for me in regards to the horses but I have been very busy on the farm which has taken up the majority of my time."

By Greg Hayes - SKY Racing

Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |


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