Harnessed up for Blayney Carnival of Cups

Post-race chat: Bernie Hewitt from Georges Plains, winner of the David and John McKenzie Prelude race, being interviewed by Terry Neil. Photo: Coffee Photography and Framing

Post-race chat: Bernie Hewitt from Georges Plains, winner of the David and John McKenzie Prelude race, being interviewed by Terry Neil. Photo: Coffee Photography and Framing

Leading up to the Blayney Harness Racing Club’s Carnival of Cups, last Sunday’s annual Non-TAB meeting was run where the weather was perfect for a great day of racing, and the track being in faultless condition.

The seven-race program was a great warm-up for this Sunday’s meeting with the feature being the Billy Soo Memorial Blayney Cup, along with the final of the C0-C1 heats which were run on Sunday. 

The first race on Sunday, November 12 kicked off just a little after 1pm where trainer Steve Turnbull started his brilliant performance training three out of the seven winners for the day.

The first was driven by his son Mitch who drove ‘The Rath’ straight to the lead and to victory. He looks to be the likely favourite in this week’s final.

The father and son combination also took race four after Steve trained and drove the second race to get a trifecta of winners for the day, but heat two for the Peter ‘Tonto’ Marshall final for this week was ‘Rainbow on Fire’ after narrowly defeating daughter and sister Amanda by the slightest of margins.

After getting two horses into the final it will be interesting to see which one Mitch takes the drive on.

Race three of the day was taken out by Forbes trainer Jason Gaffney and driven by Murray Sullivan, aboard ‘Eye Trouble’ who did all the work in the race and sat on the outside of the leader and still proved too tough for his rivals.

Two races on, another excellent drive came from junior driver Mckayler Barnes on ‘Lorenzo Shannon’, after making a mid-race move winning her the race.

The final two races came from Bernie Hewitt and Nathan Hurst who both trained and drove their respected races where Bernie steered ‘Might and Main’ home in the mile and a half journey which saw to be a tough task to the others, but Bernie timed the four-year-old mare to perfection and it will be a horse to follow in the future.

Nathan Hurst was the winner of the final event on the card being the fast class event, where many of the horses will be in the Billy Soo Memorial Blayney Cup this Sunday.

‘Kenny Dee Dee’ was taken three wide at the bell lap, and with the lightning fast move Nathan produced an outstanding training performance as Kenny was first up from a spell, after 88 starts with more the $100,000 worth of prize money to his name.