Young pacer Headturner ($7.50) was rewarded for its consistency when it saluted at the Riverina Paceway last Friday in a heat of the NSW Breeders Challenge three-year-old series, qualifying for the semi finals at Menangle on Saturday, October 22.
A three-year-old daughter of Art Major out of the New Zealand bred Our Toria's Secret, Headturner is trained at Young by Tony Turner and was driven by local reinsman Blake Micallef who will again have the reins at Menangle.
Last Friday's win followed an excellent second at Headturner's previous outing, also at the Riverina circuit, on October 1 taking her record to two wins and three minor placings from 11 starts.
Both wins have been at the Riverina Paceway.
Taken to the front from a wide draw on Friday by Micallef, Headturner was soon challenged by A Perfect Dance ($3, Jackson Painting) which took control of the race before Micallef secured a dream run in the straight to race away to secure a 1.4 metre win with the unlucky Our Bella Lucia ($1.90, Blake Jones) 6.9 metres back in third place.
Headturner and Micallef will again have to overcome an awkward draw on Saturday after coming up with the six gate.
The Bernie Hewitt trained and driven Ballerini looks one of the biggest obstacles in the path of Headturner after wins at its past three starts, all at Bathurst. Last start Menangle winner Anntonia also looks hard to beat.