Day At The Track

Josh Duggan takes Young Drivers series

07:46 AM 20 Apr 2012 NZST
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Josh Duggan (middle) receives the spoils
Josh Duggan (middle) receives the spoils - from Les Chapman (Maryborough) & David Aldred (Bendigo).

Tasmanian born and bred Josh Duggan (son of leading Tasmanianharness racing driver Ricky) who is attached to Chris Alford's Bolinda stable, was the victor of the Young Drivers Challenge after winning both the fifth and sixth heats at Bendigo on Thursday (April 19) aboard the roughie Statelyness and Henry Ducket.

Statelyness (Justanotherpoorboy/Stately) trained at Heathcote by Terry French, led throughout from the pole to score from the favourite Aristotleonassis (Matt Rue) which raced wide and Rosenlea (Ellen Tormey) who followed the winner using the sprint lane to no avail.

Henry Ducket (Pacific Rocket/Coringa Moon) from John Newberry’s Bunbartha barn led out from the pole, before taking a trail when pressured by Lifes A Flyer.

Enjoying the run of the race, Henry Ducket eased away from the markers approaching the home turn when the leader collapsed, before switching down to the sprint lane and finishing best to defeat Andy Miller (Ellen Tormey - three wide home turn and Gordons Ville (Rhys Nicholson - one/one – three wide last lap).

Andy Miller was later relegated to third for excessive galloping approaching the winning post.

The top four points earners being : Josh Duggan (65), Ellen Tormey (62), Jake Webster (53) and Blake Jones 52).


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