McCarthy received a gold watch for his efforts and was very complementary of the 1000 metre Pinjarra harness racing circuit, in fact he has been a regular sight at Pinjarra meetings during the Inter Dominions. John McCarthy showed all his class and experience winning the Carlton Mid International Invited Drivers Pace at Pinjarra Paceway Yesterday (27th February).
In front of a large crowd, including many tour groups, the Queenslander reined home last start winnerSheila in a slick 1:57.9 mile arte over the 2170 metre journey.
The race also featured Anthony Butt, Jim Douglass, Mogan Woodley, Colin Brown, Chris Lewis, Matthew White, Logan Holllis as well as top juniors Zac Butcher and Todd Rattray.
Filling the placings some five metres in arrears were local heroes Colin Brown (General Naseem) and Chris Lewis (Ronan Maguire).
Young New Zealand driver Zac Butcher set a solid early pace on Libra Belle but was pressured a long way from home including a three wide move by Logan Hollis (Old McDonald), Hollis is the care-taker trainer offor the V75 Inter Dominions.
When questioned post race about the V75 Inter Dominion Final on Friday McCarthy said "I've got the good draw (number 1) so I just have to try and make every possible use of it."
ier in the day the first two Inter Dominion Young Drivers Championship heats went the way of the fairer sex.
The first was taken out by Ellen Tormey from Victoria, with a patient drive over the longer 2670 metres, driving the well fancied Beautiful Night for trainer Peter Tilbrook. Second was Ken Rogers (South Australia) driving Hooza Clever Bunts and Todd Rattray (Tasmania) on Imali was third.
The second heat was won by the front runner Torrevean Amunindi rated perfectly by New South Wales driver Kerry Ann Turner in a slick 1:56.3 mile arte over the 1670 metres. Filling the placings were defending Champion Joshua Dickie (New Zealand) driving Brugars Luck and Ken Rogers on Aussie Vision.
Ellen Tormey leads after two of the seven heats on 24 points from Kerry Ann Turner (22) and Ken Rogers on 21. The series moves to Northam on the 28th followed by heats at Narrogin and Gloucester Park.
by Revell DOUGLAS