Racing reverted to a more acceptable weather pattern with the Young Harness Racing Club conducting a rare afternoon meeting at the Young Paceway last Friday.
With school holidays also on the calendar, the better than expected attendance added to the overall spectacle to another top day of racing.
Unfortunately, the day started off with an incident in the opening race with two horses suffering interference and their drivers becoming dislodged as the field approached the winning post as the bell lap commenced. Drivers Rodney Blythe and Emma Turnbull both required medical attention and the race was abandoned due to their misfortune and the presence of the attending medical paramedics.
John O’Shea continued his good winning form following his Bathurst success with a polished exhibition of driving in race two behind the Lester Hewitt trained Our Braxton ($1.30) who defeated Smack Dab Shannon ($9.80) and the Canberra pacer Poco Aces ($9.40 ).
There was certainly a good old fashioned feeling of satisfaction in race three when the Goulburn trained colt Whostolemypigeon ($7.90) came from fourth at the bell to defeat the more favoured Lucky Lyla ($1.80) and Siotada ($42.50). Driven by Amy Day, the Gotta Go Cullect three year old finished strongly in the straight to record a 1½ metre win and a mile rating of 2:01.9.
Nathan Turnbull came out in race four and drove the favourite Mister Satchmo ($3.90) to victory over an improving Barway Bill ($4.10) and the Grenfell trained Bally Barfly ($12.20) for Mark Hewitt and trained Ashley Hazell.
Eglington trainer Nathan Hurst elected to take the drive behind Jiggy Rhythm ($6.70) in race five, leaving his other stable representative, Tulhurst Cash ($3.10) in the capable hands of Angela Hedges who finished third after being eighth at the bell. Splitting the pair was the Steven Harris trained Sunrising ($8.70) with an impressive 1:58.1 mile rating and a winning margin of 5¼ metres in favour of the winner who posted a slick 28.5 first quarter.
Canberra trainer Michael Hawke was rewarded for his consistency and continued support of the Young club with a long overdue win with Huge Attitude ($1.80) in the final race of the afternoon. Having not won a race in his previous eleven starts, the Grinfromeartoear seven-year-old gelding has now put together a total of sixteen wins for his dedicated owners.
Young will have another afternoon meeting this Friday July 21.