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    Busy night for the ‘young guns’ at Tamworth Busy night for the ‘young guns’ at Tamworth

    BUSY NIGHT: Tom Ison.

    A SLIGHT change in the schedule for harness racing sees the progressive Tamworth Club move into tonight’s spot, a change from its usual timeslot... Busy night for the ‘young guns’ at Tamworth

    A SLIGHT change in the schedule for harness racing sees the progressive Tamworth Club move into tonight’s spot, a change from its usual timeslot of a Thursday afternoon.

    The move is likely to benefit patrons in the New England region, who would normally find it a challenge to support harness racing during business hours and Club CEO Michael Jones is hoping that he will see a solid crowd attend tonight’s eight-race fixture.

    As usual, the regular and prominent reinsmen and women have solid books of drives with Tom Ison and Caitlin McElhinney (seven), Grace Panella and Jemma Coney (six) and Brad Elder, Blake Hughes, Jye Coney and Jack Chapple (five drives).

    There is currently an abundance of talented junior drivers in the northern area of the state, who are meeting with good success, none more than 17-year-old Jack Buckman from Narrabri, who has returned home after spending time at both Bathurst and the Hunter Valley to gain valuable experience with some of the state’s leading stables.

    Buckman is the grandson of former trainer Wayne Hetherington and nephew of Jarred Hetherington, so it is no surprise he has inherited a passion for the sport.

    Jack has become a regular in the winners’ circle at Tamworth and will be looking to continue that run of success with four drives tonight, all for his uncle Jarred.

    “Things have been going well for me,” said Buckman.

    “I am enjoying the driving at the moment and I am so appreciative for the opportunities Jarred and other trainers in the region are affording me.

    “Jarred currently has a big team of horses in training at home and does a super job with them.

    “His team has been quite competitive, and I am just fortunate that he is happy to have me drive most of them.”

    Buckman and Hetherington will combine in four races tonight and all horses appear to have solid each-way chances.

    Buckman was hesitant to name a standout, but he believes that if luck went her way, Sahara Jewel (Race 6) would be hard to beat out of gate two.

    “She is dropping in grade tonight, and if she can find the pegs without too much effort, she will be hard to run down,” he said.

    “Her aside, I do believe the three others that I am driving can finish in the money – with even luck.”

    • MICK DUMESNY

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