King reigns in trots finale
Wednesday, 27th December, 2017
By Tyler Hannigan
The first Broken Hill harness race began at just after 8pm with the setting sun providing a beautiful backdrop as Jason McGinty’s Hionjolt cruised to a comfortable win ahead of Amy’s Diamond and Serene Change.
In the second, last season’s driver of the year Jacob Kerridge rode his first winner for Broken Hill’s 2017/18 season as Northtoalaska led from start to finish and was an easily victorious in front of Ash Camilleri’s Tommy’s Song and Tony Camilleri’s Kisartis.
The third of the night was the event’s feature race and started as wide open affair after pre-race favourite On Wheels was withdrawn.
It was a competitive run but eventually Lifeplusten, trained and ridden by local Anthony Adams, pulled away and saluted the judges. Call Me Tom was four meters back in second while Cheyenne Autumn gave Ash Camilleri another podium finish with third.
Jason McGinty and driver Luke Watson had their second win of the night in the fourth with Ironbark Fella narrowly defeating Matt Schembri’s Emiiromar. Roll The Seven came in third.
Old Kris Kringle then made his appearance after race four, handing out goodie bags to all the kids who eagerly awaited him to dismount the mobile loading gates ute - a little different to his normal mode of transportation.
Schembri had his revenge in race five as his horse King Of Dreams was came home like a train to pip Fineandsunny on the line which would have been McGinty and Watson’s third winner of the night. King Of Dreams’ win also gave Kerridge a double. Mister Magic Man ran well for third place.
Despite coming up just short in the last, McGinty and Watson had a terrific night.
The Mildura trainer/driver pair collected two wins and two seconds in five races.