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    Ison’s ‘locks up’ new sulky with Rockstar Ison’s ‘locks up’ new sulky with Rockstar

    Caesars Rockstar and Tom Ison with the Bill Barraclough family. PHOTO: Julie Maughan.

    A SULKY was the prize and it was sulkies that almost affected the result of the Bill Barraclough Memorial at Armidale last weekend. The... Ison’s ‘locks up’ new sulky with Rockstar

    A SULKY was the prize and it was sulkies that almost affected the result of the Bill Barraclough Memorial at Armidale last weekend.

    The judge had the study the print before awarding the race to Caesars Rockstar, trained by Andy Ison and driven by Tom Ison.

    They scored by a head from a fast-finishing Montana Nights (Chris Shepherdson) with Redbank Olivia (Brad Elder) half a head away third.

    The race was not without incident when $2.20 favourite Jogalong Blue, with reinsman Dean Chapple wearing the late Bill Barraclough’s racing silks of yellow with a red maltese cross, locked wheels with eventual winner Caesars Rockstar in the back straight.

    “I got into a bit of trouble, and I thought I was going to come out and hit the deck. Luckily we didn’t,” said Ison.

    The Ison family also won the Bill Barraclough Memorial last year with I’m Freya.

    “It is a great race to win, I have won it a few times in the past and it is a Memorial race which is always nice to win,” said Tom Ison.

    The trophy for the feature race was a new gig, the second on the program.

    With Redbank Olivia from the Stuart Glasby stables leading the field from the outset after coming from the three barrier, Ison had Caesars Rockstar in the one-by-one after that early scrimmage.

    Rounding the final turn Ison made a three-wide run to the post.

    “The horse finished the race off nicely and with Shep’s horse (Montana Nights) coming down the outside it made a great finish,” said Ison.

    “It was a tight one and I didn’t realise I had won the race until the stewards told me so, I was pretty happy.”

    Caesars Rockstar came into the final after a win in the heat the previous week and at his 100th career race start the Julius Caesar-Turn Up The Music nine-year-old gelding scored his 12th career win.

    “I never met Bill myself but I am sure he was a good man and his family are all here today and they would be pretty proud of him and everything he did in harness racing,” said Ison.

    Tom landed a winning double at the meeting when Overthemoon won the Roberts & Morrow Accountants Armidale Pace by eight metres over Knight Walker (Jemma Coney) with Flirts Diva (Chris Shepherdson) 5.7 metres away third.


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