Narrabri harness racing driver Chris Shepherdson was in action at the Tamworth Paceway last Thursday where he earned two second-placed finishes.

The local reinsman drove five-year-old gelding Killara Insanity to a near-win in the fourth race of the day before he was on-board another five-year-old gelding from the Shepherdson stable, Gojoe, which ran home second in race seven.

Shepherdson is an owner of both pacers alongside Peter and Garry Shepherdson and Neil Drysdale.

Race four was the 1980-metre Mel Mara HBNSW Stallion Tender Pace (NR up to 49) in which Killara Insanity started four in from pole
position on front line.

The pole position starter, Lasseter Shannon, eventually finished first by three-and-a-half metres as trainer/driver Dean Chapple drove his 700th winner.

Killara Insanity was one of the slower front row starters in that race but settled and established himself one out three back in fourth place with two laps left to run.

That is exactly where he remained with one circuit to go, then with 400 metres remaining he charged into second place to set up a final straight showdown with Lesseter Shannon.

The Chapple-trained-and-driven pacer held out Killara Insanity as Shepherdson and his fast-finishing gelding had to settle for second.

The seventh race of the eight-race program was the 1609-metre Stay Safe – Social Distancing Pace (NR up to 52) in which Narrabri pacer Gojoe started from the number eight barrier on the second row.

At the halfway mark and with one lap to go, Goejoe was two back on the inside in fourth.

He was still in that position with 500 metres left to run, however, space opened up in front and the Narrabri pacer pounced.

Goejoe and the Brendan Hunt-trained, Tom Ison-driven Balboa Shannon went into the final turn side by side as the clear front runners and it was a two-horse race down the home straight.

Balboa Shannon had the inside run and eventually had too much kick for Gojoe as the Narrabri pacer placed second by a metre-and-a-half.

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