SHE’S one of the ‘winningest’ drivers this state has produced . . . and Amanda Turnbull is now within sneezing distance of 100 winners for the season, thanks to a quartet of winners at Bathurst at their latest meeting.
Turnbull won with two of her own team – Catch A Moment ($1.45 favourite) and Miss Lemon ($3.40) and also landed a double for her trainer-brother Josh Turnbull in Yes You May ($1.80 favourite) and Just One More ($2.40 favourite).
Yet the gun driver will have to cool her heels before notching up her 11th consecutive century of winners, as she heads for Bathurst today with just one drive on the eight-race card.
Shoobee Doo will still be one of the shortest-priced favourites of the day after being installed at $1.25 in early markets.
Punters will have to bide their time though, as Shoobee Doo won’t race until the final event on the program and that likely success should leave Turnbull poised on 98 winners for the season.
The century will almost certainly be notched up at Bathurst’s Wednesday night meeting where Turnbull has some excellent chances . . . and if her father Steve comes to the party with a couple of extras, she may yet have a drive in every one of the eight races.
While Steve often jokes that horses travel a couple of lengths better for Amanda than any other driver in his ‘team’, she has forged a career as one of our most successful drivers.
This will be the 13th consecutive season Amanda has driven more than a century of winners as she again leads the state drivers’ tally.
Her absence from most of the afternoon’s program gives two of the ‘other’ well-known harness racing families in Bathurst the chance to strike.
Trainer Chris Frisby and his son Anthony will have their sets set on a winning double with Aunty Millie (Race 2) and Uncle Ryan (Race 7), as both have been earmarked as early favourites.
Likewise, Bernie Hewitt, who also landed a double at Bathurst on Friday, will be hoping for some success with Always Bopping (Race 6) and Heidi Boom (Race 4).
While Bernie will drive Always Bopping, he has called on his son Doug to take the steer on Heidi Boom.
Doug is set for a good afternoon after also been snapped up to pilot Monsieur Darcy ($2.75 favourite) for trainer Ben Settree in Race 3.