Forbes feature thrill for Young's Blake Micallef

Blake Micallef drives the Steve Turnbull-trained Mach Daddy to victory in the Forbes Diggers Harness Racing Club Final on Sunday. Photo: Kristy Williams
Blake Micallef drives the Steve Turnbull-trained Mach Daddy to victory in the Forbes Diggers Harness Racing Club Final on Sunday. Photo: Kristy Williams

Young harness racing driver Blake Micallef enjoyed victory in one of the features at Forbes' Carnival of Cups on Sunday.

Micallef drove three-year-old gelding Mach Daddy to victory in the Forbes Diggers Harness Racing Club Final (2060m), winning by a comfortable 5.4m margin from their closest rival.

The $6480-to-the-winner race was one of two headline events on the program which included the Jack Honan Championships Final.

Mach Daddy's win was the gelding's fifth from 22 starts.

Stablemate and race favourite Saint Julien dropped out of the contest after leading early and was stood down for a vets examination.

Mach Daddy capitalised and went on to win.

"We had to do it the hard way, but once I got to the front (after Saint Julien galloped) I felt really confident," Blake Micallef said.

"Steve (Turnbull) is always helping me out and I'm very grateful for the support he gives me, so it's fantastic to win the Final here for him.

"I'm putting the miles in, as any young driver has to, and I'm absolutely loving it - all for love - not for money."

It was an exciting meeting for punters with the favourite saluting in just two of eight races, providing those trackside and playing at home with plenty of value and sending exotic prices skyrocketing.

Racing is at Albury on Tuesday night, Bathurst Wednesday and Goulburn Friday.

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