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SHE'S one of Australian sport's premier players in any code. And Bathurst's champion horsewoman Amanda Turnbull will certainly have a target on her back when she heads for Menangle for the annual Lady Drivers Invitation race to be run as part of the Carnival of Miracles this year. Turnbull is one of a star-studded field to accept invitations to contest the $20,400 penalty-free race against a line-up of drivers with the perfect blend of experience, youth and enthusiasm to ensure this will be one of the most competitive in what has become an annual event. One driver who is still chasing her first Menangle win is former Queenslander Amy Rees, who has been landing more than her share of wins in the Western Districts since making the move south to settle there. She knows only too well how difficult it can be to get the better of Turnbull when the heat is on. "There's no question that horses do run well for Amanda, but it doesn't pay to worry about her in a race as there are always plenty of others that can beat you as well," said Rees. "It usually comes down to the horse you are driving, where you are drawn and whether or not you can get that little bit of luck when you need it in a race. "I haven't been able to land a winner at Menangle yet but I'm looking forward to driving in the race. "And I just know I'd be pretty excited if I happen to win it." The invitees this year have been based around their efforts in last year's premiership, along with the current champion of the prestigious J. C. Caffyn Plate, Jess Prior, who has been included this year. The field is: Amanda Turnbull, Steph Lippiatt, Ash Hart, Emma Turnbull, Amy Rees, Jemma Coney, Madi Young, Ellen Rixon, Amy Day, Jess Prior.   by Club Menangle

CHAMPION Bathurst trainer-driver Amanda Turnbull is chasing another feature race win on her home track when she contests the qualifying heats of the Bedwells Feed Barn Star Trek on Wednesday night. Since returning to New South Wales, Turnbull has clocked up plenty of kilometres as she has enjoyed the spoils of the TAB Carnival of Cups and her success rate has been astonishing. She began her roll at Dubbo in mid-December when she was involved in four of the feature-race winners including the bonny mare Gotta Party Doll, who took out the Red Ochre Classic with Isobel Ross in the gig. Turnbull trains the New Zealand-bred mare that has since gone on to win the Langlands Hanlon Parkes Cup and the Temora Pacers Cup. Ironically, her quietest Carnival of Cups meeting was at Bathurst on Boxing Night when she drove just one winner but she did bounce back at Parkes five nights later with a winning treble. She and Ross took four horses to Temora to contest two races that resulted in two winners and two placegetters for the stable. Just a week later, the successful combination headed to Tamworth with three horses to contest the heats of the Multiquip Golden Guitar and have qualified two runners for the $30,000 final, to be run this Sunday evening. But Turnbull’s focus will be set squarely on ensuring that she can qualify horses for the $16,670 Star Trek Final, which is scheduled for next Wednesday night. When the feature was last run in November 2019, Turnbull was aboard the favourite RNR Windermere, who could only manage seventh placing behind Rock On, trained and driven by her father Steve Turnbull. Turnbull will be aboard former New Zealand pacer, Bundoran in the first heat, a gelding having his first start in Australia. The winner of two races has been given just one official hit-out by Turnbull since crossing the Tasman and looked sharp in a runaway trial win at Bathurst on Monday night. She has chosen to drive Allset in the second heat, a son of Elsu that appears to be a star in the making. He won two in Victoria before finishing second at Menangle on December 5. Her other runner is Wattlebank Lass (Isobel Ross), who has been very consistent since arriving in Australia late last year.   HRNSW MEDIA

Bathurst Harness Racing Club's best of the best for the 2019-20 season were celebrated recently as the year came to a close, with Bernie Hewitt and Amanda Turnbull taking home the top trainer and driver awards respectively. Hewitt finished his season with 66 wins at the Bathurst track while Turnbull once again took out the driver's award with 60 victories, despite missing the back end of the season while in Victoria. Chris Frisby's Aphorism was the Horse of the Year winner thanks to his seven successes at home while the ever dominant Art Major was the top sire of the season with 31 Bathurst victors. "We're very happy to have won that award. Chris and Anthony have done a fantastic job along with all of their staff at home," Aphorism's owner Ben Settree said. "Fran Hausfeld bred the horse and she's still involved with the horse and for her to win that is a big thrill too. We're delighted to have that honour." Aphorism went on a hot streak at Bathurst across May and June where he claimed four wins in the space of five races. In the strike rate awards Frisby came out as the top trainer with one winner every four races while Turnbull claimed the same honours in the driver's battle with a winning effort every 3.9 drives. Amy Rees claimed her first award at the club as her 20 wins for 2019-20 saw her named the Junior Driver of the Year. Rees was surprised by the honour but was quick to play down her efforts, believing the COVID-19 affected season favoured her statistically. "I wasn't really paying too much attention to the numbers, to be honest, but I felt at the time that I was having a pretty good season," she said. "With COVID it meant we were pretty much racing at Bathurst for a lot of the time and I still had my claim while a lot of other junior drivers couldn't travel. Ash [Grives] was also pregnant so I was driving for her team as well, which was helpful because I got a few winners with her too. "I feel that if we had continued counting into the extended season [until the end of December] then Justin Reynolds definitely would have caught me because he was having a great end to the year. I'd say he'll be a top candidate for grabbing that award this season." Alexander Grant Reprinted with permission of The Western Advocate    

IN a year of many restrictions it has not put a stop on Amanda Turnbull’s success.  The dual-state horsewoman is amongst the top 10 trainers and drivers in both New South Wales and Victoria.  Having returned back to her roots in Bathurst recently, Turnbull has stamped herself as one of the top trainers in Victoria this season with 71 wins to her credit.  Meanwhile, back on home soil, Turnbull has amassed more than 80 wins as a trainer and over 120 wins as a driver, thrusting her amongst then top 10 in each division in NSW.  And there is no stopping Turnbull as she takes a team to Goulburn today while also having starters at Shepparton, Victoria.  Turnbull has Wattlebank Lass, Lifeofbrian and Vigoroso nominated at Goulburn while also obtaining outside drives for her father Steve Turnbull with Ideologist and Our Bettor Dancer as well as Toldyaso for trainer Michael Hawke. iForm Goulburn best bet Race 2: Stone The Eagle (7) Promising type who will prove hard to toss bringing strong trials credentials into this race. Goulburn next best Race 3: Abettasecret (9) Will be in the finish following last start effort when having something to give before going off stride. Play the exotics The Goulburn Quaddie  Race 5: 3-5-8 Race 6: 9-10-7 Race 7: 10-9-1 Race 8: 3-7-1 $81 for 100%

A terrific Amanda Turnbull drive and training performance enabled an outstanding mare, Speak No Evil, to claim the Benstud Queen Of The Pacific and the first Elizabeth Clarke Mares Triple Crown. The Lauriston Bloodstock bred and owned five-year-old added tonight's $100,000 Group 1 to last week's Angelique Club Pace, winning successive legs of the Crown series to secure the $10,000 bonus. "What a night, it's been great,” Turnbull told Trots Vision. “Just so happy for the horse, she's come along a long way in our stables. "Lauriston have been good to us and they've given us a couple since I've been down here. They just dropped her off and she's been there about six weeks, a bit longer, and every time you take her out she just gets happier.” And owner-breeders Anne and Bill Anderson would have been rapt with their decision tonight after a flawless performance from both horse and driver. From gate 11, Turnbull settled Speak No Evil five back in the running line and there she remained as first No Win No Feed and then Nostra Villa sat outside the leader Bettor Enforce. Her reinsman Brian Gath kept the quarters ticking over at good time and that kept the challengers at bay, cranking it up with a 27.8-second third quarter that crippled the attempt of Havtime to make in-roads at the head of the three-wide line. That provided an opportunity for Turnbull, who was at the tail of the field but instead attacked via the running line hopeful a window would open. When it did at the turn she advanced and Speak No Evil's blistering sprint separated her from the field, claiming Bettor Enforce in the final strides to win by 1.4 metres. “I thought I would have to do something like that,” Turnbull said. “I didn’t want to have to go too early at the bell, just because I thought they ran so quick down the back. “It was probably a (more) slowly run race than I thought it would be, but when she got the run through the middle and those ones three-wide just struggled a little bit I was pretty confident, because she shows a lot of speed at home. She’s probably better with a sit at home, so I was confident she could do it, just needed the luck in the run.” She got that and produced a narrow win over Bettor Enforce, who’d been valiant in running second and setting the foundation for the race record 1:55.6 mile rate over the 2760 metres. The win was good reward for the Bathurst born and bred trainer, who admitted post-race her 25-team only continued to knock up getting winners in Victoria “because I’m stuck here”. “I’d love to get home (to Bathurst), but I can’t at the moment,” she said. “My plan was to come for winter while we didn’t know what was going on through covid. I haven’t been able to get home since. My stable’s gotten bigger and bigger here and I’ve got a really, really nice team now.” She also won earlier tonight with Catch A Moment in the Group 3 Alabar Vicbred Championship Final, with James Herbertson steering the four-year-old to the front from where he took the honours comfortably. RELIVE SPEAK NO EVIL'S WIN AND HEAR FROM AMANDA TURNBULL:   HRV - Michael Howard

With a cheeky grin harness racing trainer/driver Steve Turnbull snatches the race cloth out of daughter Amanda's hand and takes them back to the racks while shaking his head. It's because she bolted down the inside to win Wednesday night's TAB Western Region Championship Heat 1 (2,260 metres) with Animal ($3.20), just as Steve had looked to have the win sewn up with Firestorm Red ($1.35 favourite). The two Turnbulls exchanged friendly banter in the stables post-race and the younger of them had a smile on her face throughout it all. And that's no surprise when you consider the ticket she just booked. Victory for Animal has earned him a place in the Group 1 $100,000 TAB Western Region Championship Final to be held later this month. Turnbull knew the draw would make for a tough heat but her runner turned up at his best. "I didn't think I'd be able to catch. He had the better draw and I was stuck on the fence," she said. "He raced so good. When he didn't pull I knew he'd get home. "He's always had a bit of ability but can overrace and that takes the sting out of him. Tonight he was pretty good. Once he found the helmet he relaxed straight away." Talent-wise there has always been very little between Animal and Firestorm Red but favouritism in Wednesday's heat fell to the latter courtesy of his favourable draw. After Cobbity Chic forced him to do some early work Firestorm Red eventually found the lead from gate five while Animal - off the second row - had to settle for three back on the pegs. Firestorm Red crossed into of Carramar Times Up to take up the running and Cobbity Chic pushed ahead to settle in the death seat. Animal raced in fourth with Enk Spot Shannon to his outside. Steve Turnbull began to ask questions of his rivals around the 400m mark. When he asked Firestorm Red to pick up the pace he quickly put on several lengths to Cobbity Chic and Carramar Times Up. The fading Cobbity Chic kept Animal boxed inside and that meant Amanda Turnbull would need the sprint lane to play the catch up game. Animal dived to the inside of Carramar Times up when the lane emerged but was giving up nearly 10 metres to the favourite. Steve Turnbull took a glance over his left shoulder at the 200m and could see Animal making a charge. In no time he would be looking at Animal racing ahead of him. Animal won the race by 1.1m and recorded a 1:59.2 mile rate. Firestorm Red, plus all other runners who failed to win, will get their second chance in the next round of heats. Alexander Grant Reprinted with permission of The Western Advocate

The father and daughter combination of Steve and Amanda Turnbull were at the height of their powers at Gold Crown Paceway last Wednesday night. Modern Maestro scored a sound win in the TAB Odds and Even Pace (1730m) at $1.45 favourite.  The seven-year-old bay gelding motored round the outside to win by more than two metres. Amanda Turnbull was full of praise after ending a winless streak. ‘’He felt good and was always going well and he’s good horse,’’ she said. Rattling off a mile rate of 1:56.9 on quick final sectionals. It wasn’t long before the master driver was at it again for her astute father powering Better Than Red to an easy win in the Three-Year-Old Colts and Geldings Pace. Off good gate speed the Betterthancheddar bay/brown gelding dictated terms to win by more than three metres, racking up a double for the Turnbulls. Nathan Turnbull also grabbed a double, Kotiro creating a hat-trick of wins at Tamworth and Parkes.  The four-year-old bay mare heading to the big smoke after winning the Club Menangle Country Series Heat (1730m). Turnbull and Kotiro had good gate speed and rushed home over the top ($9.50) to beat hot favourite Spike Robyn, pleasing his owners who were trackside for the win. ‘’He just gets better and has improved a lot after coming here with not a lot of form,’’ he said. ‘’He will go well in the final I reckon.’’ The Bathurst Toyota Ladyship Pace gave Nathan Turnbull a well-earned double with Sweet Luck producing. The four-year-old bay mare began quickly and the off a strong win at Dubbo made it back-to-back victories. “She is very good and Josh has done a good job with her,’’ Nathan said. Farren Hotham

He might have 'dawdled' early on, but when the harness racing four-year-old Hot Embers hit the top of the home straight at Dubbo on Sunday he was firing. The John O'Shea, Bathurst trained four-year-old zipped away from his rivals in the Harness Racing New South Wales Rewards Series Final (2,120 metres) to post a commanding all the way win. Hot Embers, with Amanda Turnbull in the gig, finished 10.7m clear of his nearest rival as he showed why he was the hot $1.45 favourite for the decider. A week earlier in his heat at Parkes, the Courage Under For x Our Super Party four-year-old sat in the death seat before forging to the lead mid-way down the home straight. This time his win was assured earlier. From barrier six Hot Embers punched on into the lead early in the decider, but once in front Turnbull eased off with the favourite. Hot Embers was able to pinch splits of 32.9 and 30.8 seconds for the first two quarters of the last mile, yet he still led by a length over stablemate Jo Jo Zip on the bell. Down the back straight for the final time Turnbull urged Hot Embers to up the tempo and he responded as the field strung out behind him. He then found another gear at the top of the straight, clocking a 29.4 final sectional as he notched up the fourth win of his career in a 2:03.5 mile rate. It was the 10th win of the season for O'Shea's stable and Turnbull's 138th winning drive in NSW for 2018-19. By Anya Whitelaw Reprinted with permission of The Western Advocate

“She's going to leave them all crying at the chapel”. That statement from harness racing race caller Craig Easey as he watched Tintin Naturally power down the home straight in the Elvis Championships Final (2,040 metres) on Wednesday might have been a little cringe-worthy, but the winning run was anything but. The Amanda Turnbull trained and driven $1.30 favourite led from start to finish in the annual Parkes Harness Racing Club feature. The five-year-old Tintin In America x Natural Hanover mare was rated nicely in front then kicked away from her rivals after turning for home, finishing 7.3m clear of second placed Reverse Psychology (Nathan Turnbull, $41). Easey, a man known for his entertaining calls across the Western Districts, embraced the spirit of the meeting which is part of Parkes’ Elvis Festival. As they ran down the back straight for the first time he quipped “They’re picking up their blue suede hooves and putting them down nicely” and later as contenders jostled behind the favourite he came out with “It’s now or never as they race down the back, Tintin Naturally out in front.” But the puns aside, Easey’s observations were spot on. Tintin Naturally got away well from barrier one to lead and travelled nicely throughout. A 52.2 first half of the last mile meant she was poised for a strong finish and she produced.  It was her fourth win from her last five starts. Wednesday night marked the fifth time Turnbull had lined up for a drive in the Elvis Championship Final, a race which first featured on the Parkes program in 2013. Turnbull placed third in that inaugural final aboard the $3 favourite Our Buller Boy and in the two years which followed, was off the pace with a 10th (Whispering Lass) and ninth (Cullectomatic). In 2017 the talented The Lagoon trainer-driver finally added an Elvis victory to her long list of feature race successes, Greenngold getting the job done for her as the $2 favourite. Turnbull did not get the chance to go back-to-back, not qualifying a finalist for the 2018 edition, but on Wednesday Tintin Naturally showed exactly why he held favouritism. While that feature win was the highlight of the meeting for Turnbull, it was not her only success. She took out the opening race of the evening, a Club Menangle Where Horses Fly Heat (1,660m) aboard My Secret Beach ($1.30 favourite). Turnbull then made it a winning treble for the meeting as Mach Le More ($1.40 favourite) won an Evolution Series Three Year Old Colts and Geldings Heat (1,660m). By Anya Whitelaw Reprinted with permission of The Western Advocate Want to keep up to date with Bathurst sport? Sign up to our daily newsletter and breaking news alerts here:   FACEBOOKSHARE TWITTERTWEET EMAIL

NOW Eye See and Ominous Warning extended already impressive records with strong wins in last Wednesday’s Star Trek semi-finals and the battle between them in Friday’s $15,000 final at Gold Crown Paceway should be a beauty. Amanda Turnbull earned Drive of the Night honours from racecaller Craig Easey for her effort in the first semi, keeping open her options with Now Eye See in a spirited early speed battle before a deft piece of driving that saw her obtain a nice trail in the running line. It could so easily have gone badly wrong for the favourite combination. They came three-wide around the final turn, and momentarily looked to be struggling, before knuckling down to grab the win from death-seating Life Lavros NZ and the fast-finishing Delilaah NZ. It was a trifecta result for leading sire Bettors Delight. Less than four metres separated the first six home, with Grosestar, Reverse Psychology and a desperately unlucky Tintin Naturally NZ, a stablemate of the winner, making it through to Friday’s decider. The daughter of outstanding matron Grace Robinson now boasts seven wins and four places from her 11 career starts. Victory in the final will take her earnings past the $50,000 mark as she gives chase to her six-figure siblings Two Eye See, Oh Eye See, Eye See Diamonds and Hardhitter. Two races on, in the second semi-final, the Peter Trevor-Jones-trained, John O’Shea-driven Ominous Warning lived right up to his name, delivering a resounding “Anything you can do...” message of his own by leading throughout and bolting away over a 55.2s final half of the 1:54.7 trip. With 10 wins from his last 11  runs, including a Menangle Country Series final just three days earlier, and 16 wins from 27 lifetime runs, he will crack $100,000 in earnings with a win on Friday. Arcachon held down second after trailing the leader throughout, and it was impossible to miss the run of Schouten Island, which flashed home from a mile back for third, ahead of Afterdinnerspeaker NZ, Tulhurst Cash and Abercrombie Tab. If there’s to be an upset in the final, it could come courtesy of Schouten Island, which looks to be at the top of his game right now. He’ll be well handled by Amy Rees, who would like nothing more than to get a feature race win at the expense of her boyfriend John O’Shea. The barrier draw, to be conducted on Tuesday, will have a strong bearing on the market for a final that is sure to attract a very big crowd to Gold Crown Paceway. Other winners on Wednesday included:  Letsgotothehop NZ (Jason Grimson), all the way in C2-C3 grade, continuing the great Bathurst run recently for Camden trainer Tim Butt ; Royal Story (Bernie Hewitt), which produced a barnstorming finish right over the top of her fast-class rivals ; Castalong Shadow (Geoff Simpson), leading throughout in C0-C1 class and getting back to that Gold Crown-winning form from 2017 ; and Bettor Jiggle (Josh / Amanda Turnbull) , kicking off his 3YO season in impressive style with a dominant win in an Evolution Series heat. Heats of the HRNSW Rewards Series were taken out by parent-child combinations David and Brad Hewitt, with Allstar Sea, and Wendy and Emma Turnbull, with Lucky Nutter. They’ll be the testing material in the $10,000 final this Friday. And on that generational theme, congratulations to trainer Ashlee Grives, and husband Ryan, on the birth of their first child late last month. All of seven days old, baby Dulcie was completely unruffled by her first visit to the races last week, to cheer on mum’s runners, including Life Lavros, runner-up in one of those semi-finals. She’s sure to back up again this week, and if things pan out just a touch better, she’ll play her own  starring role in a Star Trek. TERRY NEIL

Sunshine Sprint winner Tact Tate has been sold. The Amanda Turnbull prepared pacer will do his future racing in North America and is scheduled to fly out this weekend. Tact Tate scored a brilliant victory in the Gr.2 $50,540 Garrards Sunshine Sprint in 1:53.0 defeating Celestial Arden and Ohoka Punter before finishing an unlucky 6th behind Let It Ride the following week in the Gr.1 $200,540 UBET Blacks A Fake Queensland Championship back in July during the Queensland winter carnival. The McArdle gelding was unplaced in his only start since the Brisbane campaign, finishing 9th behind Gotta Go Ya Hu on September 15 at Menangle. “It obviously was a very tough decision but there was plenty of interest in him and things moved along pretty quickly and he’s headed out this weekend. He’s been an absolute ripper for me and all of the other owners and provided us with so much fun and excitement, he won two Gr.1 features and I’m sure he’ll do a great job in the States.” Co-owner Steve Salter said. Purchased for a moderate amount from New Zealand back in 2015, the former Southland pacer transformed into a great money-spinner for his connections winning 11 races including his first five starts in Victoria. His biggest victories came via the Gr.1 $100,000 Bonanza at Melton in a career best 1:51.9 and the Gr.1 $100,000 Bohemia Crystal FFA at Menangle defeating Have Faith In Me in 1:53.6 for 2400m. Other feature victories include the Gr.2 $50,000 Treuer Memorial and the Gr.3 $30,600 Sydney Cup. His most recent victory came via the Sunshine Sprint back on July 14. In recent times, former southern hemisphere pacers have performed exceptionally well in North America highlighted by the deeds of star mare Shartin and the mighty champion Lazarus. Shartin, a former winner of the Queensland Oaks, has confirmed her ranking as the best pacing mare in the world this year with a string of feature race victories throughout North America and Canada. The Tintin In America mare has banked more than $820,000 this year.   Chris Barsby

A 50th birthday celebration on the Gold Coast back in July was the catalyst for the debut win of Pop The Bubbles at Bathurst Gold Crown Paceway last Wednesday night. Nicki Inwood, Nicole Lavelle and Kellie Dunbar took time from Grant Inwood’s birthday bash to watch Amanda Turnbull’s Albion Park Group One win with Tact Tate and decided that they’d like to share the excitement of owning a successful horse. And it should be named after the pina coladas they happened to be drinking at the time. Things moved very quickly after that with fellow celebrant Jenny Turnbull straightaway making contact with Amanda, who explained that she’d been keeping an eye on a Sportswriter filly over in New Zealand, which would be just the ticket for the girls. By the time the group flew back to Sydney the next day, they owned the horse, and to make it even better, she was named Pop The Bubbles! A very close second at her Australian debut at Bathurst the previous Wednesday saw the four-year-old come in for strong support this week, and Steve Turnbull took full advantage of a favorable inside draw to lead throughout in the CO/C1 sprint that closed the Bathurst proceedings. There was never any doubt how the excited owners would celebrate the win, raising glasses of bubbly back in the clubhouse, in confirmation that the ownership caper was every bit as good as people said it was. The win completed a good night for the stable, which finished with three winners. Steve drove a double which began with Shandance in the C2 Club Menangle Country Series Heat, and Mitchell supplied the other win with the ‘death seat’ effort of Grosestar in the CO Where Horses Fly Heat. Robbie Morris and Dance For Glory scored a strong win in the fast class sprint, working early to find the death seat and applying plenty of pressure to the leader Thunder Dance , which broke on the home turn, leaving Dance For Glory well clear turning in. The winner was well down in grade from his recent Menangle runs and won accordingly. Mat Rue took a driving double for father-in-law Bernie Hewitt - a gutsy all the way win with Trunkey Digger in a CO sprint, after blistering early sections, and an equally tough win from the death seat, with Lady Swiss in the three-year-old class, for her second win in succession in this grade. Racecaller, Fred Hastings gave his Drive of the Night award to Tom Pay, aboard Havana Moon, for Gemma Rue, in a C1 sprint. Tom bided his time at the back end of the field during the early stages, bringing Havana Moon into the race at the turn and busting clear over the closing stages. With Penrith Rugby League supremo, Phil Gould a part-owner of the winner, and driver Tom Pay being a nephew of Canterbury Bulldogs coach Dean Pay, there was a real football feel to the race. Quite appropriate for September. TERRY NEIL

RACECALLER Fred Hastings might not have used the precise term to summarise Amanda Turnbull’s 'Drive of the Night' at Bathurst Gold Crown Paceway on Wednesday but the horse’s name - Aintnobettor - perfectly summed up her winning effort. In the opening race of a new Bathurst season, a C0 Club Menangle heat over the sprint trip, she faced an awkward draw on the inside of the second line, but eased back following the start, got onto the three-wide train in the early stages and was actually in front for most of the last lap, dashing home in a 28s final quarter to hold off the on-pace runners Walk On Kimmy and Grosestar. The win - number two in 16 starts -broke a sequence of five seconds for the Bettors Delight gelding, his trainer-driver admitting “ I was beginning to wonder lately if he knew how to win, but to his credit he toughed it out tonight and finished the race off well.” If the win was well-deserved for the horse, and certainly for an outstanding drive, credit was also due to the owners, Adelaide-based couple Terry and Ros Cluse who have been very good supporters of Amanda Turnbull. In the following race, a C2 Country Series heat, Amanda completed a double when leading throughout with the short-priced favourite Executive Dash NZ, the Well Said four-year-old notching up his fifth win from just 11 career starts. The naming theme established by Aintnobettor was carried through to the back half of the meeting, with three appropriately-named winners. The field for the  C1-C3 Guaranteed Ladyship Pace included a Kitty, a Carly, a Suzie, a Porsha and a Ruth, but they all played second fiddle to favourite Nova Time NZ, a recent addition to Brad Hewitt’s stable. The come-from-behind winner was named for a star, perhaps, but we’ll stick with the female theme and opt instead for Nova Perris as the inspiration. A large and happy group of “senior cits” came onto the track for the presentation of the R0 grade South West Community Transport Pace, won by leader Young Cambo, for Emma and Wendy Turnbull. The winner is a Million Dollar Cam full-brother to Old Jack Cambo, named by former HRNSW chairman Graeme Campbell for his father, and Graeme’s since acquired a sister who’s to be named for his mother, so the win wasn’t as ironic as it might have seemed. Our Uncle Jim, trained by Chris “The Man from Uncle” Frisby, and driven by his son Anthony, scored an authoritative win in the 3YO Evolution Series heat. The Western Terror gelding charged home over the top of his rivals, marking a return to the Frisby home track after a very successful Queensland campaign which concludes this week. Peter and Marie Neil were on hand for the Owners Association bonus races, and presented $1,000 bonus cheques to the connections of Karloothreeothree -successful via the sprint lane in the fast-class event for Mitch Turnbull - and Our Little Digger, which bounced back to form in coming off the speed in the C0-C1 NSWSOA sprint, for Bernie Hewitt. NSWSOA subscriptions for the current season are due at the present time, and for just $55, represent wonderful value. The Bathurst HRC presentation night will take place on Friday, October 12 , following the excitement of the Bathurst 1000 race week,  when the Gold Crown Paceway will host two meetings including its own Shootout time-trial series, which proved such a hit last year Terry Neil

OWNER Steve Hunt spends his working life doing the driving duties on interstate trains, heading north to Sydney or south to Melbourne from Junee Station, near his Cootamundra hometown. After the stunning Australian debut of his part-owned two-year-old Obi One NZ, at Gold Crown Paceway Bathurst on Wednesday night, he might soon be making those trips as a passenger, to tackle the Victoria and New South Wales Derby races. What a capital idea! In the Betterthancheddar 2YO Pace, the McArdle gelding came out of the gate like the Southern Aurora, before handing up to Roger That which maintained the speed to run a lead time of 46.2 seconds. That’s an exceptionally quick lead time at Bathurst for any horse over the 2260 metres race distance, but especially so for two-year-olds having their first try at the distance. A first half in 60.1s was followed by a slick 28.6s third quarter as Brad Hewitt kept the leader running, but then Amanda Turnbull switched Obi One to the outside, rather than waiting for the sprint lane, and he roared away down the straight to win by an ever-increasing margin of 23 metres. His final sectional of 28.2s produced a mile rate of 1:56.1, seldom bettered by open-class horses at the circuit, and it completely obliterated the 2YO record of 2:01.7 set by Heavenly Shades three years ago. “There’s your Derby favourite !” was the admiring comment from Mat Rue as he headed out to the parade ring for the following race. The youngster had placed at his only NZ start back in June, and his breeder has retained a half-share in the horse, joining a number of Turnbull stable regulars in the new ownership. It was only last Friday that the horse arrived at Amanda Turnbull’s Lagoon stables. On Monday he had an easy outing in an experience trial to check out the track and mobile, and on Wednesday - remarkably just five days after saying goodbye to his Kiwi stablemates- he was winning in Oz. Mat Rue’s appraisal of the budding star was based on performance, but he would be equally enthusiastic about the youngster’s breeding : his grand-dam Fleet Vance is a half to Alldatglittersisgold, the dam of millionaire Bling It On and a wonderful mare in Baby Bling which Rue drove to success in a Miracle Mile. Steve Jones- whose 25-strong horse portfolio includes rising star Ellmers Image and this week’s ABC aspirant Our Positano - and his fellow owners look to have something special in their latest acquisition. In other news from the meeting, Mackayler Barnes took her season’s tally to 22 after a driving double - her first at her home track - with Stitched Up and Jedda Shannon, earning racecaller Fred Hastings’ Drive of the Night award for the latter. Her smile was bigger than ever. TERRY NEIL

A win on the punt and a quick scroll through social media started a chain reaction that would lead Steve Salter, part-owner of dual Group 1 winner Tact Tate, from Victoria to Brisbane this weekend.  A masterful drive by Amanda Turnbull helped Tact Tate complete a long-awaited comeback to the winners’ stall in last week's Group 2 Sunshine Sprint, following a near 15-month stint on the sidelines through injury.   Salter bought into the gelding in August 2015 after Nathan Jack posted a notice via ‘Twitter’ that he and Turnbull were looking to syndicate a horse they’d bought from New Zealand. “I had a lucky win on the punt one day and then I saw that Nathan put it up on Twitter. I had always wanted to have one with Nathan and Amanda and I know Amanda likes the McArdles, so when I saw McArdle in the breeding I thought ‘Why not?’,” he said. “What I also bought into was a great bunch of owners. I have made lifelong friends and Nathan and Amanda have been terrific … I can’t speak highly enough of them.”  Tact Tate's Group 1 wins include the 2016 Nestle 4YO Bonanza and the 2017 Bohemia Crystal. But following the Bathurst Mayors cup in March 2017, scans showed the gelding had suffered a bone chip. He would race just once between then and June this year. Salter praised Nathan and Amanda for nursing Tact Tate back to full health.  “Hence the excitement after we won,” Salter said. “I had a few of my mates asking me ‘Why are you so excited, the Grand Final (Blacks A Fake) is next weekend’. “But it was the knowledge that we could have lost him that made the win all the more special.” Salter said he had now made lifelong friends in the ownership group, and hopes to be celebrating just as hard this weekend.  "I don't see any reaason why he couldn't (win). Hopefully he doesn't have to spend too much energy early. I'm worried about a couple inside us but if he shows the speed he did last week he can be up there. It's a Group 1 race and you've got to be in it to win it!"  Tact Tate can also earn his connections an extra $50,000 in UBET Grand Slam Bonuses, if he is able to win on Saturday night. A minor placing would also give them $15,000. Ohoka Punter and Celestial Arden can also earn their connections an extra $15,000 should either place or win.  By Alex Nolan Racing Queensland

The final leg of the 2017/18 Australian Pacing Gold Grand Circuit takes place this weekend. And the destination is Brisbane. The Gr.1 $200,540 UBET Blacks A Fake Queensland Championship will conclude the eight leg series and global superstar Lazarus will be crowned Grand Circuit champion following a shocking injury to Soho Tribeca last weekend. Heading into the final leg, Lazarus held a 99 point lead over Soho Tribeca but victory for the latter would’ve secured a thrilling victory but, unfortunately, a leg fracture sustained in the Sunshine Sprint has wiped out any chance of securing the title. So, with Lazarus guaranteed the title of Grand Circuit champion for the second straight year, the door has been left open for others to improve their position on the leaderboard or even perhaps, get on the leaderboard for the first time this season. The Sunshine State feature named after the greatest champion of all-time is staged over the 2680m and features some very richly talented pacers including last week’s feature race winner Tact Tate. The Amanda Turnbull trained and driven gelding scorched around the Breakfast Creek oval in a time of 1:53.0 taking the sprint feature and now looks to complete the Brisbane feature race double. In recent times, Hectorjayjay (2017) and Im Themightyquinn (2014) have completed the Queensland double and Tact Tate has a terrific chance of joining that exclusive club. Possessing blinding gate speed, Tact Tate will start from gate 6 and looks a great chance of finding the pegs early again. A major threat for Tact Tate could come from within with Atomic Red, prepared by Amanda’s father Steve; the ultra-talented four-year-old produced an eye-catching effort last week behind Tact Tate when fifth after starting from a nasty second-line draw. The rise in distance will suit Atomic Red and the ideal front-line draw (4) is another major plus. With the Turnbull name synonymous in harness racing, the father/daughter combination have filled a top two finish on many occasion but are yet to achieve the feat in a Grand Circuit event. Can they etch their names into the record books this weekend? Champion trainer Tim Butt is no stranger to Grand Circuit glory and is represented by a pair of outstanding chances with My Field Marshal and Let It Ride. My Field Marshal (1:46.9), the fastest pacer in Australasia, is looking to bounce back following a flop performance last week in the Sunshine Sprint when finishing at the rear of the field after racing three-wide throughout. A runner-up in this event last year, My Field Marshal will start from gate 11 with Anthony Butt taking the drive. Let It Ride, a proven Gr.1 winner, will start from gate 3 with Dexter Dunn booked to drive. A winner of his past five starts, Let It Ride makes his debut at the Grand Circuit level but looks ready following his victory at the track last week. Victorian trainer Dean Braun is chasing his maiden Grand Circuit victory with classy mare Carlas Pixel, the Gr.1 Ladyship Mile winner must overcome gate 13 – the outside of the second-line. The regally bred mare will again have the services of star reinsman Luke McCarthy. Cruz Bromac, a winner of the Gr.1 Len Smith Mile two starts ago makes his Albion Park debut and faces a second-line draw after landing gate 10. The Kevin Pizzuto trained gelding disappointed last start at Menangle when finishing 7th. Perennial Albion Park performer Ultimate Art returns to Brisbane and tackles the staying feature following some strong efforts of late at Menangle. Under the care of Queensland born but Sydney based Shane Sanderson while regular trainer Michael Formosa holidays in Malta, Ultimate Art will start from gate 9. Ultimate Art finished third in this race back in 2016 behind Ohoka Punter and Hectorjayjay. Young Cameron Hart takes the drive. Another Sydney trained runner is Celestial Arden for Kerryann Turner and Robbie Morris, the talented gelding has drawn poorly in gate 7 – the outside of the front-line. Celestial Arden was a runner-up last week behind Tact Tate in the Sunshine Sprint. Leading trainer Grant Dixon is duly represented by Alleluia (gate 1) and 2016 winner Ohoka Punter (gate 12). Both pacers are racing in excellent form. Proven Albion Park feature race winner Glenferrie Hood starts in his second Blacks A Fake (9th in 2016) and will start from gate 5. Pete McMullen takes the drive for trainer Wayne Graham. Bodhi Tree tackles his biggest challenge to date the injury prone pacer continues to defy the odds and boasts outstanding recent form. Prepared by Peter Greig and Patrice Madden, the Blissfull Hall gelding will start from gate 2. Giant former New Zealand gelding Hughie Green is listed as the emergency (gate 8). In total, the 13 runners have won 265 races while amassing more than $5.48 million in stakes. The UBET Blacks A Fake Queensland Championship is scheduled as race 8 and listed to start at 8.40pm local time.   Chris Barsby

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