Day At The Track

Kiwi strikes back in Australasian Jr Drivers

04:53 AM 29 Feb 2012 NZDT
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Simon McMullan in the winner's circle
Simon McMullan in the winner's circle - after reining Charge Forward to victory tonight (Sept 14).
Duane Ranger photo

New Zealand champion Simon McMullan staged a form reversal with an all the way win on the $2.50 chance Life Boat for harness racing trainer Amanda Suvaljko in the first of tonight's heats of the Australasian Young Drivers Championships at Northam.

McMullan had finished last in both heats at Pinjarra yesterday and tonight's win gave his points tally a much needed boost.

Second was Victorian Ellen Tormey on the $18.80 chance Machlennan and third was Barton Cockburn on the $16.40 chance Village Conqueror.

Tormey picked up 12 points for her second placing to take her to 36 points and extended her lead in the Championship to nine points from Ken Rogers (27) and Kerry Ann Turner (26).

RATTRAY KEEPS UP THE FAMILY TRADITION

Tasmanian Todd Rattray worked Governor Johnny from second last, with 1000 metres to travel, around the field three wide before surging to the front in the home straight and then holding off the fast-finishing Governor Art to win by the narrowest of margins in the fourth heat of the 2012 Australasian Young Drivers Championship.

Starting at $9.60, Governor Johnny was one of three runners in the race for trainer Kristy Padberg.

Runner-up Governor Art, for trainer Christine Plozza, was reined by New Zealand North Island representative Zac Butcher while third was the defending champion Josh Dickie driving Too Bad.

POINTS AFTER FOUR HEATS

Driver Ht Ht Ht Ht Ht Ht Ht  
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Running
  Pts Pts Pts Pts Pts Pts Pts Tally
Ellen Tormey (Victoria) 17 7 12 3 0 0 0 39
Ken Rogers (South Australia) 12 9 6 5 0 0 0 32
Kerry Ann Turner (New South Wales) 5 17 4 6 0 0 0 32
Todd Rattray (Tasmania) 9 4 1 17 0 0 0 31
Barton Cockburn (Queensland) 7 5 9 7 0 0 0 28
Josh Dickie (Defending Champion -NZ) 3 12 2 9 0 0 0 26
Simon McMullan (New Zealand Champion) 1 1 17 4 0 0 0 23
Zac Butcher (New Zealand North Island) 2 3 3 12 0 0 0 20
Morgan Woodley (Western Australia) 6 6 7 1 0 0 0 20
Tim Williams (New Zealand South Island) 4 2 5 2 0 0 0 13

further two heats will be held at Narrogin on Thursday night.

Brooke HENDERSON

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