Narrabri’s harness racing trainers and owners had a weekend to remember, with four local pacers winning across two venues in a memorable 24 hours for the town.
On Saturday night Narrabri’s most dominant pacer in recent history Kid Montana raced to his third Albion Park win to the delight of owners Neil Drysdale, Nathan and Charles Dicks, and Peter, Chris and Garry Shepherdson.
The Peter Shepherdson-trained Kid Montana was driven by Ben Battle, with Chris Shepherdson his usual driver unable to make the trip.
The five-year-old gelding started the race from the second row wearing the number nine saddlecloth and raced to a 3.8-metre win following a dominant run home late in the race.
The next day there was a triple treat for the local owners and trainers in Armidale when Narrabri pacers were victorious in three consecutive races.
In the fourth race of the afternoon the Jarred Hetherington-trained Bettor Getta Lover lined up for his first start for the Narrabri trainer in what was actually the four-year-old gelding’s first start in Australia.
He took off from the second row in the number 10 barrier as the $2 favourite and showed exactly why as he was driven to an 11.8-metre victory.
Tom Ison, who drove the Hetherington-trained Corporal Luna to the Billy Grima Memorial victory at Tamworth a week earlier, was in the sulky for Bettor Getta Lover’s first win on Australian soil.
In race five the Peter Shepherdson-trained Capital Cullect raced to the closest victory of the four.
The six-year-old mare, owned by Chris Shepherdson and Nathan and Charles Dicks, started that race from the inside on the second row and won by half a neck.
Capital Cullect was driven by Dean Chapple, the father of Elly Chapple who drove the Garry Shepherdson-trained Sumthin Special to victory in race six.
Just like the other three Narrabri-trained winners, Sumthin Special started from the second row in that race.
The eight-year-old mare was able to get the job done as she won the race by almost four metres.
Three more Narrabri-trained pacers were in action across those two meetings.
At Albion Park on Saturday the Garry Shepherdson-trained Future Fun finished fourth in race five.
At Armidale on Sunday the Jarred Hetherington-trained duo Vinnie The Poet (race six) and Corporal Luna (race eight) finished last and fifth respectively.To order photos from this page click here