Hedges heads bush in happy frame of mind
LOUTH Park horseman Peter Hedges will head to Tamworth this afternoon with two very strong chances on a solid ten-race program that gets underway with an early start at 11.24am
Racing in the north continues to get stronger and Harness Racing New South Wales’ decision to purchase the Tamworth Showground Paceway precinct has been vindicated as the participation of owners, trainers and drivers in the New England area continues to grow.
Peter Hedges is one of the leading freelance reinsman in the Hunter Valley but he is a regular at the Tamworth circuit and is more than happy to make the seven hour round trip north as he is a driver in demand with leading trainers.
This afternoon Peter has four drives but ironically his best chances appear to be aboard horses that he actually trains himself.
Hedges believes his two runners, Harry Harvey and Tulhurst Ace both have genuine winning chances as he feels they are both well graded.
Harry Harvey, a lightly raced son of Red River Hanover will line up in the Hazells Farm and Fertilizer Services Pace (1609m), race four on the program at 1.00pm.
The six-year-old gelding is coming off a last start third at his home track of Maitland where he was beaten by seven metres in a 2:03 mile rating.
“I felt this fella went pretty well when you consider he was returning from a lengthy two and a half year spell. He raced back near the tail and made up plenty of ground over the last 400 metres. I could not have expected any more first-up and feel he will strip much fitter for today’s assignment,” Hedges said.
Hedges is more than happy with his new stable acquisition, Tulhurst Ace, a seven-year-old entire which was formerly trained by his brotherin-law, Nathan Hurst.
Hurst decided to send the wellperformed son of Aces N Sevens to Hedges in the hope that he can regain his best form in races more suitable than those in the highly competitive open grade at Bathurst.
Tulhurst Ace does appear to be the horse to beat in race ten on the program this afternoon, the AON Risk Solutions Tamworth Pace (1980m).
His effort was strong in running second last time out when he was only beaten just over two metres in a slick 1:58 mile rating over the 2040 metre trip on the tight Maitland circuit.
He was forced to come from the tail of the field and carted the three wide train forward from the bell to go out after the tearaway leaders.
He hit the lead with 100m to run, only to be grabbed right on the line and Hedges cannot wait to take the reins this afternoon.
“His effort was massive last Monday. He is only new to me so we are still getting to know each other but he is a tough fella and I think I am going to have plenty of fun with him,” Hedges concluded.