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    TONY PULLICINO was all smiles after his comeback win - Photo Walter Bulyga

    AFTER a decade in harness racing’s wilderness, Tony Pullicino has made his long-awaited return to the winners’ circle. Pullicino endured the stewards’ wrath for... Back after decade in harness racing wilderness

    AFTER a decade in harness racing’s wilderness, Tony Pullicino has made his long-awaited return to the winners’ circle.

    Pullicino endured the stewards’ wrath for 10 years before an appeal allowed him to obtain a stablehand’s licence several months ago.

    Recently granted a driver’s licence, Pullicino had a handful of outings before scoring with outsider Soho Tsunami at Globe Derby Park last Saturday.

    Thrilled to be back in the fold, Pullicino admitted to harbouring nerves ahead of his first driving engagement.

    “After such a long time I had a few butterflies in my stomach,” Pullicino said. “I’d been driving on the training track, but races are a different story.

    “It took a few starts to get rid of the ring rust, but it does come back fairly quickly.

    “I’m just rapt to be out there and hopefully this is the first of many wins to come.”

    Settled three-back along the pegs from barrier seven as Whata Optimist led from gate three, Soho Tsunami gained a ‘saloon passage’ along the inside to score by three metres from Martys Party.

    Whata Optimist battled on to be two metres away third.

    Trained by Mario Borg, Soho Tsunami rated 1:56.8 over 1800 metres to provide Pullicino with his first victory since he reined Lovable Larrikin to glory in Shepparton on August 17, 2013.

    “It’s great to get that first win out of the way,” Pullicino said. “Around the home turn he was travelling sweetly and I was lucky to get that run up the inside with him.

    “Once he balanced in the straight he finished it well and I knew I had them covered pretty early.”

     

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