Duggan ends season on a high

06:46 AM 02 Sep 2014 NZST
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Something Eyre was one of five winners for Ricky Duggan at Hobart

Star Tasmanian reinsman Ricky Duggan ended the 2013/14 harness racing season on a high when he drove five winners at the last meeting of the term in Hobart last Sunday night.

It was a personal best for Duggan who has driven a quartet on numerous occasions, including three times last June.

The haul took Duggan’s season’s tally to 83 wins, while not enough to overhaul Gareth Rattray (95) in the race for premiership honours, it should have earned him a bunch of points in the Halwes Medal count for which he is a top contender.

At the end of June dual Halwes Medallist Rattray held a slender three-point lead over Duggan in the race for the 2014 medal.

Rattray was sitting on 58 votes, with Todd Rattray third with 45 points when votes went ‘in camera’.

Rounding off the top 10 were Barrie Rattray (34), Nathan Ford (32), Rohan Hillier (27), Juanita McKenzie (23), Dylan Ford (21), Craig Hayes (21) and Zeke Slater (21).

Votes from the last two months of the term will be revealed at the annual awards night. With Rattray sidelined through illness during the past six weeks, the voting for the Halwes Medal promises to be very intriguing.

Duggan’s winners were Cardinal Spec, Our Chain Of Command, Oscar Blakedon, Giuliani and Something Eyre, with the son of Ohoka Arizona completing a hat-trick in the process.

Todd landed a double with Freyde and Tizsyalator as did top trainer Juanita McKenzie, who scored with Something Eyre and Our Chain of Command.

- PETER STAPLES

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