Day At The Track

Harpley brings up first Menangle metro double

02:30 PM 31 Jul 2014 NZST
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Bruce Harpley - pictured winning aboard Frith.

Junee trainer Bruce Harpley only has three horses in work currently.  Frith is the star of the team and she has been entered at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night but Harpley's other two horses, Sokys Bigbullet and Justanotherslippa were able to provide him with his first metropolitan double at Menangle when they won their respective races on Saturday night.

"I'm pretty sure that is my first metro training double, it definitely is my first metro training double at Menangle, I've driven a few winners for Bernie Kelly at Harold Park and Menangle but to train a double was very exciting," Harpley said.

"What made it even better was that both races were Country Series Finals which means all three of the horses in my stable have won $25,000 feature races in the past couple of weeks which makes it a lot easier to get up and work them in the morning, that's for sure."

Sokys Bigbullet proved too strong for short priced favourite Millwood Liberty rating 1:55.6 for the mile.

"There was a bit expected of him after he made such a good start to his career but what a lot of people don't know is that he had a soft palate operation last season and it has taken him a while to put it all together."

"Actually it has only been in the last month or so that he has really started to feel like his old self again, I have nominated him again for Menangle on Saturday night and then he can have a spell."

Justanotherslippa brought up the second win of his career when he took out race six.

"It wasn't an overly strong race and I thought it was going to come down to who got the most luck and it all worked out nicely for me."

"These country finals are great for us country trainers, up until I won two heats at Bathurst before these finals I had never won a heat, let alone a final so it was nice to win a couple on the same night."

By Greg Hayes (Harness Racing NSW)

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