Hedges heads bush in happy frame of mind

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - RACING - MICHAEL DUMESNY

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.

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