WHILE he is not driving at Newcastle this afternoon, leading Tamworth reinsman Tom Ison was more than satisfied with his efforts over the past few days.
The pint-sized horseman drove seven winners over two days on Thursday and Friday and while it is not unusual for Ison to land multiple winners on the one program, it was certainly his best effort since returning home after a highly successful stint on the Central Coast, working for the powerful Roy Roots stable.
He headed to the Tamworth Paceway on Thursday with a strong book of drives and the youngster delivered for connections.
Ison began his winning run in the second race when he combined with Brendan James to score aboard Famous Three.
He and his father Andrew achieved a race to race double when Overthemoon and Shadow Pass both started at the juicy odds of $7 with the latter withstanding a protest to hold the race.
The Big Dig completed Tom’s quartet of winners for Roy Roots Jnr, and punters who followed him throughout the day were on good terms with themselves as all four winners started at $4.60 or better.
While Ison was more than satisfied with his scoresheet, no doubt he would have reflected on what may have been as he also drove four second placings during the afternoon.
But it was not all smooth sailing for the young horseman as he was involved in a fall in the final race which could have been much worse as he was dumped on the track on the first turn with runners all around him.
Those watching on were relieved when he jumped back into the gig, relatively unscathed.
His good run of success continued at Newcastle on Friday night when he scored wins on Sky Diamond for Mark Callaghan and then a double for Roy Roots Jnr aboard Surfers Delight and The Black Prince.
The Black Prince, who is on a path to the Inter Dominion, looked most impressive, sprinting quickly from last at the top of the lane to clock 1:54.1 with a last half in 56.8 seconds.
Racing returns to Newcastle this afternoon where there appears to be plenty of value for punters.
On paper, the best bets appear to be in-form pacers Pattersons Pride (Race 1), Feral Frankie (Race 6) and Boyzhavetime (Race 7).
– MICK DUMESNY