Day At The Track

Turnbull aims up at 200

12:20 PM 31 Jul 2014 NZST
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Steve Turnball - closing in on 200 winners
Steve Turnbull is the leading harness racing trainer in New South Wales and it is no longer a case of 'if' he will train 200 winners this season in the state, it is just a case of 'when'. Turnbull came so close last year when he finished with 199.5 winners and admits he has targeted the double century this time around.

"Yeah, when the season started after we got so close last year the aim was to get 200 winners and just over a month ago I thought we might miss but we got seven winners in a week not long ago and that put a big dent in the number we needed," Turnbull said.

"The only other goal I would like to achieve is to train a derby winner, I've won Western Districts Derbies in the past but I would really like to win a state derby, that would cap everything for me."

Turnbull's daughter Amanda has been a big part of his success and he acknowledges it might be difficult to achieve the feat again with her commitments in Victoria growing.

"We haven't fully worked out how much she will be home next season, but we have the new Bathurst track opening up and it would be great if she would come home and drive for me at Bathurst and Menangle, especially Menangle because I only seem to be able to win races there from the stand."

"It is obviously going to have some effect but it just means that Mitch and I will have to do a bit more of the driving and hopefully there will still be plenty of winners."

With Turnbull only four winners away from the 200 he would love to get to the magical number with one of his Menangle horses.

"The horses I had in on Saturday night at Tabcorp Park Menangle have been really good for the stable this season. Horses like Christian Ruler, Heza Thrill, So Kool Harry and Ardle McArdle have all won their fair share of races and it would nice for one of them to bring up the 200."

By Greg Hayes

| Harness Racing New South Wales |


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