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    Josh ready to turn up the ‘Turbo’ Josh ready to turn up the ‘Turbo’

    IN FINE FETTLE: Turbo Tommy has been a revelation for the Kevin Pizzuto stable. PHOTO: Jess Watkins.

    HARNESS Racing in New South Wales is on a high this week with the running of further regional finals of the TAB Championships. Heats... Josh ready to turn up the ‘Turbo’

    HARNESS Racing in New South Wales is on a high this week with the running of further regional finals of the TAB Championships.

    Heats of the Championships have culminated in four high quality finales, the first of the $100,000 features for the western region having been held at Bathurst last night.

    Wagga (Riverina) and Newcastle (Hunter) take centre stage tomorrow while the Metropolitan Final will be run at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday evening.

    Adding to the prestige of the series, placegetters from each regional final will be drawn together at Menangle on May 25 for a State Final.

    Since their inception in 2020, the regional championships have continued to be a highlight on the sport’s calendar, producing fairytale stories all over the state.

    Sydney-based drivers Josh Gallagher, Robert Morris, Ashleigh Delosa and Jack Callaghan will all be kept busy as each are contesting both the Hunter and Metropolitan finals.

    Gallagher has consistently been amongst the top five drivers in New South Wales for the past few seasons and is looking forward to participating in the Championships with realistic winning chances.

    “The Championships are a great way to showcase the sport throughout the regions and I have been lucky enough to be a part of a few of the series finals in the past, but I am still chasing a win in one of them,” said Josh.

    The Menangle-based reinsman will contest the Hunter final tomorrow night when he partners the Roy Roots trained Beancounter.

    The gelding qualified when he got home stoutly, coming from the tail of the field to finish second behind Craftmans Charlie a fortnight ago.

    Gallagher will back up on Saturday with the Kevin Pizzuto prepared heat winner Turbo Tommy in the Metropolitan final.

    A revelation since joining Pizzuto’s stable, Turbo Tommy was strong in scoring a fortnight ago and heads into the final as a serious winning chance.

    “Both of my drives will need their fair share of luck, but they deserve their spots.”

    “Beancounter’s effort in his heat was first class and I will probably drive him similar while Turbo Tommy is doing a great job for Kev and will certainly be in the mix on Saturday.”

    Meanwhile Josh has six drives at Penrith tonight and suggested that with a handy drop in grade, So Am I will be hard to beat in race four.”

    • MICK DUMESNY

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