REINSMAN Mitch Turnbull will be looking over his shoulder around the stables this morning.
Registering a double in Bathurst last night, Turnbull’s initial win came at the expense of his father, Steve.
Although Steve trained Always Rockin which was driven by Turnbull, the elder statesman also partnered Coolie Kid, which finished second behind his stablemate.
“No respect to let his old man win,” Steve joked. “It’s dog eat dog out there!”
The father-and-son combination were also successful with Courtsinsession, with Turnbull’s sister, Amanda, relegated to runner-up this time.
Amanda drove Hidden Courage, which is also a stablemate of the winner.
The Turnbulls’ cousin, Emma, completed a family trifecta with Rays Choice.
In what was another local meeting dominated by the clan, Amanda scored with Heza Slick Joe, while Steve notched a driving double thanks to Little Bit Dutsy and Smooth Baht to end the card with a training quintet.
It is the 15th time Steve has trained five winners on a program, with six of those coming in Bathurst.
“I’ve had a bit of drought in the last few weeks as a virus went through the stable,” Turnbull said. “But they had all been working well so I was hoping they’d go better.
“I went there thinking I had a few good chances, particularly the two-year-old.”
A high-priced Australian Pacing Gold purchase, Smooth Baht was eased to the tail of the field from the outside of the front row as Rock Fisherman and then Substitooth set the pace.
Angled three-wide along the back straight, the son of Somebeachsomewhere sustained a strong sprint to score by 12-and-a-half metres from Substitooth, with Rock Fisherman six-and-a-half metres away third in 1:57.4 over 1730 metres.
“He took a little longer to come to us than others in the breed, but I quite like him,” Turnbull said. “He’s got a bit to learn, but will benefit from that run.
“The Bathurst Gold Crown is next for him and he is in the APG Sale Series as well.
“Hopefully he can progress as we’d like and go well in those races.”