Day At The Track

Turnbull hoping for 200 training wins

07:31 AM 28 Aug 2013 NZST
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While Amanda Turnbull is in sight of becoming the first female driver in New South Wales to win 200 races in a season, her father Steve is in a battle of his own attempting to bring up 200 winners as a trainer in a season for the first time in his illustrious career. Turnbull will head into Wednesday's meeting at Bathurst on 196 winners but he believes he might just miss his target.

"I think Amanda might get to 200, I think I'm going to struggle but we are going to give it a crack because on the last day of the season (Saturday) I'm taking a team to Menangle while Amanda will take a big team to Dubbo," Turnbull said.

"It has been a great season for me, when you start every year you think if I can get to 100 winners then I have had a good season because that means you have effectively trained two winners a week but to get to 200 would be a very special achievement."

The key to Turnbull's success has been the decision to send all of his young horses to son Josh to be broken in.

"Normally I would have 40 horses in work but up to a quarter of them might be babies that are being educated so with Josh doing all of my breaking in and educating it has allowed me to keep my numbers up all year."

"A lot of the younger horses will go straight out for a spell at the end of the season and that will make it a bit quieter at home because the team would drop back to about 25 but that is still enough to keep us busy."

Turnbull is looking forward to enjoying a well earned break next month.

"I'm going to head over to Hawaii for a couple of weeks in September, Amanda is off to Hamilton Island next week and as soon as she comes back then we will head off."

"It would be nice for both Amanda and I to get to 200 winners and we are doing everything we can to get there because Amanda was even thinking about heading down to Wagga to race some if we had to, but if neither of us get there we can both be proud of a personal best anyway."

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

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