Kettering Girl scores at big odds at Temora

Kettering Girl wins at Parkes at a previous start. Photo: file
Kettering Girl wins at Parkes at a previous start. Photo: file

Another big night for locally trained pacers when two of the more unwanted in betting pacers won feature races at the Temora Carnival Of Cups meeting last Saturday night.

The David Micallef trained Kettering Girl ($29.10), who had not won since winning at Junee in January last year, returned to the winners circle in the Milbrae Quarries Pace over 2000 metres.

Driven by Inter Dominion winning driver, Steve Turnbull (Smooth Satin), the six-year-old mare was given the perfect opportunity to win the race, settling toward the tail before being asked the question at the 400m marker, storming home to record a narrow but convincing win over Flaneur and early leader Salvator Mundi.

Kettering Girl is owned by breeders Brian and Robyn Smith with their daughter Hope at Murringo.

Not to be outdone, Wombat trainer Mick Prest presented driver John Vautin the perfect opportunity to record a feature win when Petes Pet Rock lead throughout in the Ex Services Club Cup.

Also starting 2020 with a bang was Matthew McCaffery and his family with their five-year-old mare Weona Blaster who secured her second race win at Temora the previous Saturday.

Having been purchased at the Ladbrokes APG Sales in Sydney in 2017 for just $9000, the mare has only raced on 16 occasions since her first start in May 2017 at Junee and has now won her second race.

Albeit by a narrow margin, the Cowra win when she was driven by Mat Rue, was enough to suggest another win would not be far away and the Temora meeting was the catalyst of her posting another win for the popular harness racing long time participants.

Matthew, a butcher by trade, has come through the ranks and with his father Greg and mother Cheryl supporting him, he certainly has the nohow to continue his run of welcomed good luck.

Matthew carries the colours worn by his late pop Noel Norton. Cheryl is the daughter of one of the most astute drivers and trainers in this part of the world in the late Noel Norton. Noel was a master at placing a horse to its best advantage and the many wins of Piccadilly Pride and others were folklore in this part of town.

Greg, a welder by trade at Normoyles, on the other hand was encouraged to take up the sport in his early years by the late Clyde Cooke and others including Lester Donges, Don Simpson and driving his own horses that he successfully raced included Just Mandy.