Day At The Track

Sarah Rushbrook claims victory with Gotta Rush

11:18 PM 21 Jun 2019 NZST
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Tamworth's Sarah Rushbrook helps guide Gotta Rush to victory.
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Tamworth's Sarah Rushbrook ticked all the boxes with the win of Gotta Rush at last week's Tamworth harness meeting when listed as owner, breeder, trainer and driver.

Gotta Rush won the Psarakis Accounting Pace after overcoming some inference on the first turn of the 1980 metre event before Rushbrook elected to travel three wide around the field to take the lead.

"I got checked on the first turn and ended up three wide. I decided to push forward and the lead was there so I took it," said Rushbrook after the win.

"I drove her like she was a good horse" added Rushbrook who is more than proud of the efforts of the four-year-old mare, especially after a short period of health issues with Gotta Rush."

Gotta Rush gained her first win back in April 2018 at Narrabri followed by three minor placings before spending 10 months in the paddock with an unknown alignment.

"We took her away from the track as we could not pin point the illness- even sent her to Randwick Equine with no result - but she is back on track now - and I'm glad," added Rushbrook.

Gotta Rush resumed her racing back in April this year and with four runs back produced the impressive win.

"She switched off turning for home - she only does what she needs to until something comes at her - then she is like a cattle dog and fights," relayed Rushbrook.

Newcastle on Saturday night will be the next start for Gotta Rush who will commence from the three barrier in the Firestorm Fire Protection Brisbane Stakes.

"I have to give her an opportunity," added Rushbrook with Gotta Rush having only 26 career starts for two wins and four placings.

Young guns Jack Callaghan and Jake Hughes have been selected to represent the Hunter/North West Regions at this week's 2019 New South Wales Rising Star competition.

The event pits some of the best and brightest young drivers from around the state against each other and sees them battle it out for the top prize.

Callaghan at just 17, has had 35 career wins and states his father Mark Callaghan along with John and Todd McCarthy as his biggest career influences and is looking to make harness racing his career and to drive Group 1 winners.

Hughes (Hunter/North) also aged 17 has had 27 career winning drives including his last winning drive being last Monday at the Maitland meeting behind Royal Lefty from the John Radley stables.

The first round of heats will take place at Tacborp Park, Menangle on Tuesday.

Tamworth will host its next harness racing meeting on June 27.

By Julie Maughan

Reprinted with permission of The Northern Daily Leader

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