Treble for local trainer at trots

07:12 AM 11 Feb 2014 NZDT
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Call Me Bond parading after his race win
Atomic Horizon being urged to victory in the shadows of the big top - the circus is in town in Warragul this week
Bushi narrowly scoring in the Ken Miller Pace Final
Gippsland trainer Michael Hughes collected three winners at Monday's Warragul harness races.
 
The Warragul local, who has recently relocated his training operation to Cranbourne, is enjoying great succcess with his team and that looks set to continue given the quality of horseflesh on display at Warragul.
 
Winners Atomic Horizon, Apollo Thirteen and Call Me Bond all carry good wraps among local harness racing followers, and should win further races.
 
Call Me Bond is raced by long time stable supporter Garry Rogers, while Michael's other two winners are owned by the Curran family, who have invested a great deal of time and money into trotting in recent years and are starting to reap the benefits.
 
The trio were driven by Nathan Jack, while Michael Hughes has now taken the lead in the Trainer of the Year award at Warragul.
 
Another local victor with a bright future is Live In Doubt who was most impressive in winning for trainer/driver Glenn Hunter.
 
The underrated horseman has placed Live In Doubt well during its short career - the horse also won at the previous Warragul meeting on January 31.
 
Glenn and his father Chris have been enjoying good success in recent times with their team of pacers and trotters.
 
Both Live In Doubt and Call Me Bond will compete in an $8000 Final at Tabcorp Park Melton on February 21.
 
Last Monday's feature race was the $8000 Ken Miller Memorial Pace Final, sponsored by the Warragul and District Light Harness Club in memory of their past President.
 
In what was a keen and exciting race, Melton pacer Bushi grabbed victory right on the post for Lance Justice. Bushi has been in excellent form since returning from a spell for his large group of owners.
 
Racing returns to Warragul for the $25,000 Eastern Challenge race on Monday, March 24.

Photos of Atomic Horizon being urged to victory in the shadows of the big top - the circus is in town in Warragul this week
Also Call Me Bond parading after his race win and the field charging down the home straight in the main race, along with Bushi narrowly scoring in the Ken Miller Pace Final
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