Mid winter racing returns to Young Paceway

Blake Micallef continued his form with some handy placings at Leeton last Friday. He'll be aiming to score a win this Friday at the Young Paceway.
Blake Micallef continued his form with some handy placings at Leeton last Friday. He'll be aiming to score a win this Friday at the Young Paceway.

Patrons attending the second mid winter racing programme at the Young Paceway this Friday afternoon will again be hoping for ideal weather conditions.

The club’s previous meeting attracted a very good crowd with owners and trainers travelling from numerous country centres to compete in a very competitive nine race programme.

Following this meeting, the club will race again on Thursday night, August 23 before going into a mini recess before returning on Sunday afternoon, October 21.

Local drivers and trainers on the move

Trials were conducted last night (Monday) with five events that catered for twenty four horses from as far afield as Canberra.

Local trainers have been on the move over the past week with Leeton conducting an eight race programme last Friday afternoon.

Local driver Blake Micallef continued his form with some handy placings at the Riverina track.

Crusty almost got the chocolates with a close second in race three.

Rocknroll Queen ran another honest race to also finish second while Blake took control behind triple Young winner Arctic in the final race to finish just behind the placegetters.

Parkes raced on Sunday afternoon and again local trainers competed with mixed success.  It would have been a major blow for connections of recent triple winner Village Witch when the seven year old mare failed to secure a clear run soon after the start at Menangle last Saturday night.

Having been impressive at her last start on the same track on July 21, rating 1:55.5 and racing without cover three wide for the 1609 metre event, the Village Jasper mare finished at the tail of the field in the opening race of the night.

Keith Carmody eyes off The Kosciuszko

Local “Legal Eagle” Keith Carmody is in for a very long couple of months as the selections for the upcoming $1.3 million “The Kosciuszko” field draws a little closer.

Having tasted success with his consistent galloper Don’t Give A Damn earlier this year, he will certainly be looking to present a very strong case in his submission for inclusion in this first time conducted race.

Goulburn trainer Danny Williams will certainly have the big chestnut firing for the feature race to be run at Royal Randwick on October 13.

He’s had eight starts for five wins and two seconds including runners up in the Country Championships Final (1400m) at Randwick on April 1. Results from the second mid winter racing programme to be published next week.