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5 February 2017
Julie Maughan's Raceday Report Sunday 5 February 2017 - Marg Ford Memorial

READILY IS READY by Julie Maughan

Readily gained some match fitness with all the racing at Tamworth over the January Carnival and for reinswoman Lola Weidemann she was pleased the gelding has improved off the runs to take out the Margaret Ford Memorial.

"He had a good draw but it was a hard run" said Weidemann who commenced from the eight barrier with Readily.

Second Major headed up the field as the bell sounded with Readily sitting four back on the outside running line with Weidemann giving chase and claimed Second Major as the field rounded the final turn.

5 February 2017
Julie Maughan's Raceday Report Sunday 5 February 2017 - Richard Williams win
Julie Maughan's Raceday Report Sunday 5 February 2017 - Richard Williams win

WILLIAMS GETS A WINNER by Julie Maughan

Former Queensland trainer Richard Williams has finally landed in the winner’s circle after a handy win in the Brian Betts 70th Birthday Pace with Coralie Joy.

A decision to stay in Tamworth and develop up a team is finally paying dividends with Williams nearly achieving a training double on Sunday night but had to be content with just one – Coralie Joy.

Williams was returning Midnight Montana to the Paceway after the gelding was retired from his race the meeting before when Williams was tipped from the gig but showed great skills to hang onto the reins and the horse on that occasion.

The only casualty was a new set of driving pants and a new set of colours after they were ripped as Williams was dragged along the track.

27 January 2017
Julie Maughan's Raceday Report Friday 27 January 2017 - Courtney Sutherland
Julie Maughan's Raceday Report Friday 27 January 2017 - Courtney Sutherland

SUTHERLAND DRIVES HER WINNER by Julie Maughan

When you accomplish your first winning drive in this industry it is something you cherish for ever.

For Manilla reinswoman Courtney Sutherland she now has that first win on the board after wrapping up the Carnival of Cups meeting when she won the final event.

Sutherland enjoyed her first winning drive behind Jax Tellar – a horse that is trained by her father Chris with Courtney racing the gelding in partnership with her mother Donna.

27 January 2017
Julie Maughan's Raceday Report Friday 27 January 2017 - Starmaker
Julie Maughan's Raceday Report Friday 27 January 2017 - Starmaker

IM WITH LEXY TAKES OUT STARMAKER by Julie Maughan

"She went good – she went super" was how Bathurst trainer Bernie Hewitt summed up the win of I’m With Lexy in the $15,000 Tamworth HRC Star Maker Final.

"I thought she was capable of winning it – she is starting to get to the top of her game" said Hewitt.

I’m With Lexy – a three year old Roll With Joe USA- Laughing Lexy filly – has now had 17 race starts for four wins and nine placings.

27 January 2017
Julie Maughan's Racday Report Fri 27 January 2017 - Tamworth City Cup
Julie Maughan's Racday Report Fri 27 January 2017 - Tamworth City Cup

BETTER THAN MAX WINS TAMWORTH CITY CUP by Julie Maughan

Better Than Max was in terrific form in taking out the $12,000 Garrard’s Horse & Hound Tamworth City Cup with Sydney reinsman Brendan Barnes taking the reins.

Two years ago the 19 year old finished third in the Tamworth Cup behind the Bart Cockburn trained Katesaroyal.

This time it was a much favourable result and considering the horse and reinsman linked up just before the race the win was even more significant for Barnes who spoke highly of Better Than Max.

"He had good form going into that race" said Barnes

"I have seen the horse race around Menangle and I was confident before the race just on his class"

27 January 2017
Julie Maughan's Raceday Report Friday 27 January 2017 - Golden Guitar Final
Julie Maughan's Raceday Report Friday 27 January 2017 - Golden Guitar Final

Golden Guitar Final by Julie Maughan

He was a 50/1 shot of winning but Magoogan turned out to be the worthy winner of the $25,000 Prydes Easifeed Golden Guitar Final for 2017 in a race that was action packed.

The win of Magoogan presented Ellalong trainer Michael Formosa his second Golden Guitar Final win – and even though he has trained two winners driving the winner seems to elude him each time.

Xavier won back in 2009 under Formosa’s training with Cameron Davies in the spider as Formosa elected to take the reins behind Staminator who finished fourth on that occasion.

Roll forward to the 2017 running and Formosa once again has two runners engaged – Somemondosomewhere and Magoogan – who both won their heats.

Formosa elected to take the reins behind Somemondosomewhere from the seven barrier while he secured the services of Mark Callaghan to take the reins behind Magoogan from the nine barrier.

22 January 2017
Julie Maughan's Raceday Report Sun 22 January 2017 - Golden Guitar Heats
Julie Maughan's Raceday Report Sun 22 January 2017 - Golden Guitar Heats

The $25,000 Prydes Easifeed Golden Guitar Final at Tamworth for 2017 is shaping up as one of the best ever after six heats were conducted last Sunday evening with a track record broken in the first heat!

Julie Maughan takes a look at the heat winners and how they achieved their place in the Listed Classic race.

18 January 2017
Julie Maughan's Raceday Report Wednesday 18 January 2017 - Gold Nugget
Julie Maughan's Raceday Report Wednesday 18 January 2017 - Gold Nugget

CULINARY DELIGHT NOW HAS GOLD LINING by Julie Maughan

If at first you don’t succeed try and try again!

That could very well have been the moto of Hunter Valley reinsman Mark Callaghan who won The Pub Group Gold Nugget at Tamworth Paceway on Wednesday night at his third attempt.

Culinary Delight – who Callaghan also trains – was the horse that placed him into the winners circle.

8 January 2017
Julie Maughan's Raceday Report Sunday 8 January 2017 - Western Safari
Julie Maughan's Raceday Report Sunday 8 January 2017 - Western Safari

WESTERN SAFARI HAS NICE WIN by Julie Maughan

Western Safari literally left her opposition behind in taking out the Global Bloodstock Trophy Ladyship Pace.

The Inverell pacer – trained by Col Hobday – was handled in the race by reinsman Tom Ison – who also received The Pub Sponsored Drive of the Night for his accomplished driving skills.

"She has been racing well and just needed a "little luck" said Hobday after the win "I am real happy with the win – Tom [Ison] has been driving her all season"

23 December 2016
Julie Maughan's Raceday Report Friday 23 December 2016 - Tony Missen
Julie Maughan's Raceday Report Friday 23 December 2016 - Tony Missen
INJURED TRAINER TONY MISSEN RETURNS TO SEE HE'S OUR BOY WIN

Injured Tamworth trainer Tony Missen had one wish and that was to be released from Hospital for Christmas.

Well the likeable trainer did get his wish – even if it was for the weekend – and he was able to attend the Tamworth HRC meeting - in his wheelchair – to witness one of his team He’s Our Boy take out the opening event.

Driven by Missen’s son Dean Germon He’s Our Boy had a 3.6 metre win over Midnight Montana (Richard Williams) and Royal Luck (Lola Weidemann) a half head away third in taking out the Christmas @ The Tamworth Trots Pace.