ANOTHER exciting career is about to unfold in harness racing tonight in the third race at Newcastle when young Chloe Formosa takes the reins behind Ultimate Force in the AVE Technologies Pace.
Just 16-years-old, Chloe recently completed her mandatory drives in trials to gain her B Grade licence and is already showing plenty of talent in the gig.
She is the daughter of highly-respected and successful trainer-driver Michael Formosa, who is just as excited as Chloe about her racetrack debut, but will still watch on nervously, as any parent would.
“Chloe has had a great grounding from when she was old enough to handle the horses,” said Formosa.
“I have made every effort to ensure she knows what is required with caring for the animals, training them and conducting herself appropriately out on the track.
“So, I am confident she is ready and able to take her first big step tonight.
“Chloe’s trial drives have all been pretty straightforward and she has had no dramas there.
“She also gained plenty of experience coming through the mini-trotting ranks and has driven in past mini trotting Inter Dominions and Miracle Miles.
“She was fortunate to represent Harness Racing NSW in New Zealand in the Australasian Mini Trot Championships a few years back and I feel all that experience has prepared her well.”
Ultimate Force has drawn nicely in gate two for the Formosas and is rated an each-way chance in a handy field.
The gelding won a race in April and has since raced consistently, notching placings at Maitland and Newcastle in quick times at his past two outings.
Chloe’s second drive, Ultimate Chance, will contest Race 9.
This mare finished second at Newcastle on July 9, beaten just over two metres.
She is also drawn favourably in gate two and should be prominent from the outset.
Both the Formosa runners are owned by Chloe’s mum Kirsty, who will no doubt also be watching on in anticipation.
“I am proud of Chloe’s progression in the sport and do hope that everything goes right for her tonight,” said her proud Dad.
“We work closely together at home with our team of 14 pacers and she knows these horses very well that she will be driving.
“Our team is currently performing well and while we are not flushed with winners, they are racing consistently and certainly are paying their way.”
- MICK DUMESNY