Shepparton reinswoman Rebecca Bartley’s winning double at Albury on Saturday night included her 100th winner.By Gus Underwood
Shepparton reinswoman Rebecca Bartley’s winning double at Albury on Saturday night included her 100th winner.
The promising Steve O’Donoghue-trained Bookeeper provided Bartley with the milestone triumph in the opening event on the card for R1-R3 class pacers, while the Benalla-trained Saphira brought up her 101st winner in the following race.
Ironically Saphira’s trainer Jason Ross retired from training 21 years ago — the same year Bartley was born.
Ross worked for well-known Benalla harness racing trainer Kevin McFarlane for many years before hanging up the driving and training reins .
He is a brother-in-law of O’Donoghue who gave him Saphira to train for his return to the harness racing ranks.
In another coincidence, Bartley also notched her first win as a reinsperson at an Albury meeting.
That was on the O’Donoghue-trained La Moray on November 7, 2009, a pacer she has now partnered to 12 wins, which include her first five drives on the pacer.
O’Donoghue said this week Bartley, who has worked for him since launching her driving career, was a dedicated and a competent young reinswoman who deserved all the success she has had to date.
‘‘She has come a long way in a short time. She has been a real credit to herself,’’ he said.
Goulburn Valley trainers were well to the fore at Albury, producing the first three winners on the six-race card.
After the wins of Bookeeper and Saphira, Ardmona trainer Doc Wilson and reinswoman Donna Castles combined to salute with Our Archangel.
In 19 starts since joining the Wilson stable Our Archangel has now won three races — all at Albury and all when partnered by Castles.
These wins included back-to-back wins on the track in June-July.
Three people have been injured in a two-vehicle crash at the Puckapunyal Army Base.
Most people at the J C Lowe Oval left on Saturday evening talking about the game but not the result. Pigeon Coach Chris Kennedy summed up the feeling adequately when he said after the game; “it was a frustrating game, but my players weren’t responsible for the frustration.”
The move to extend the Tatura War Memorial area and honour Victoria Cross hero Robert Mactier with the erection of a statue in the Hogan St gardens named in his honour, continues.
A cement hopper, being towed by a cement truck, ended up on its side as the truck driver went around a bend in McMillan Rd, Echuca, this morning.
Campaspe Shire will host a workshop to help district contractors write council tenders.
The talent of Kyabram and District’s up-and-coming young sports stars was highlighted at the 2013 Kyabram and District Infinity Sportstar of the Year awards night.
Seymour defeated Echuca by 37 points in an excellent effort and a thrilling performance in round six of the Goulburn Valley Football League action on Saturday.
The Finley Apex Sports and Community Centre has secured a $500,000 grant from Regional Development Australia.
Much of the inspiration for Heathcote-based musician Doug Bruce's latest album came from driving on the McIvor Hwy, he says.
Detectives in pursuit of Australia’s most wanted man have not ruled out Cobram as a possible hiding place.
Record crowd predicted for the 2013 Deniliquin Ute Muster with the announcement of US country superstar Alan Jackson as the headline act.
The Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) is investigating incidents of abortion or still-births under the Lamb and Kid Mortality Surveillance Project.(LKSMP).
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