Three Narrabri-trained pacers raced to victory at a Tamworth Harness Racing Club meeting held at the Tamworth Paceway last Thursday.
The Jarred Hetherington-trained Lexy Moo and Listen To Lexy were victorious in races one and five respectively, while race three was won by the Peter Shepherdson-trained Capital Cullect.
Another Narrabri pacer placed third on the day, which was the Garry Shepherdson-trained Tralee Chic in race two.
In the first race of the day on Thursday afternoon, Lexy Moo raced for the first time since March, and also for the first time as a Hetherington-trained pacer.
The three-year-old filly showed exactly why she was the race’s $1.95 favourite from pole position.
She led the 1980-metre maiden pace from start to finish as Leigh Sutton drove his first of two winners for Hetherington on the day.
Race two was the 1609-metre Join The NSWSOA Pace (NR up to 47) in which the Garry Shepherdson-trained Tralee Chic started from the number four barrier on the front line.
The four-year-old mare, owned by Narrabri’s Nathan and Charles Dicks, Peter, Chris and Garry Shepherdson and Neil Drysdale, was driven by Anthony Varga and secured her eighth top-three finish in 25 starts.
She started fastest alongside eventual winner Mammals Destiny, which was driven by Andrew Bourke for Anthony Missen, and the two pacers paired off in the run to the first turn.
With 1200 metres left to run, Tralee Chic found herself running third the inside which was the same position she occupied with one circuit left to run.
She charged back into second place down the back straight and left the final turn still second to Mammals Destiny.
However, she was forced to settle for third after being overtaken by the Stacie Elliott-trained, Jake Hughes-driven Roll With Annie down the final straight.
The third race of the meeting was the 1980-metre Tamworth Treated Timbers – Horse Bedding Pace (NR up to 55).
The Peter Shepherdson-trained Capital Cullect started that race as the $2.50 favourite from the number four barrier on the front line and was driven to victory by Dean Chapple.
Capital Cullect showed early speed to break away alongside the Julie Hobday-trained, Blake Hughes-driven Christian Shannon to set the pace.
Christian Shannon led with two laps to go but Capital Cullect took the lead before exiting the next turn.
The seven-year-old mare, owned by Narrabri’s Nathan Dicks, Charles Dicks and Chris Shepherdson, remained in front with a lap to go then finished strongest to secure a 6.9-metre win from the Gregory Coney-trained, Madi Young-driven Heavenly Song which ran home second. Christian Shannon placed third.
That victory was the Narrabri pacer’s sixth in 71 starts. The $3120 prize took his lifetime earnings to $38,725.
Also involved in that race was Capital Cullect’s stablemate Sumthin Special which was driven to a fifth-placed finish by Anthony Varga.
The fifth race of the afternoon was the 1609-metre Australian Pacing Gold pace which was won by the Hetherington-trained Listen To Lexy which started the race from pole position as the favourite and led from start to finish, driven by Sutton.
The victory was her second in the six starts she has had since joining the Hetherington stable.
The Tamworth Harness Racing Club will host another meeting this Thursday. Five Narrabri-trained pacers are scheduled to run at that Tamworth Paceway meeting including Listen To Lexy (race three), Lexy Moo (race five) and Capital Cullect (race seven).
Narrabri reinsman Chris Shepherdson will drive in three races on the day.To order photos from this page click here