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    IMPRESSIVE WINNERS: Trainer Lizzie Heath with Funky Monkey and reinsman Robbie Morris at Menangle on Saturday night. PHOTO: Jess Watkins.

    STAR New South Wales trotting mare Funky Monkey proved that she is back to the top of her game after taking out the open... Star squaregaiter back where she belongs

    STAR New South Wales trotting mare Funky Monkey proved that she is back to the top of her game after taking out the open trotters’ class race at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night.

    It has been a frustrating two years for connections, with the daughter of Monkey Bones having a raft of niggling injuries that has kept her on the sidelines.

    But in the past six weeks, Funky Monkey has turned the corner by winning at three of her last four starts at headquarters, much to the delight of trainer Lizzie Heath and the ownership group.

    The mare never appeared in any danger on Saturday, controlling terms from the outset, after a fast get away from the mobile, running away from rivals over the concluding stages to get in by nine and a half metres.

    The win formed part of a huge night for Heath who captured an impressive four winners and also for regular driver Robbie Morris, who registered a winning double.

    Heath’s  other winner on night included consistent metropolitan campaigner Port Au Prince, Whats Your Secret and also Wavethebill who claimed the Group Three Winter Championship final the feature of the night with Josh Gallagher in the gig, after staving off fast-finishing stablemate Fear Crusin.

    Following a busy weekend of racing, it is Newcastle that hosts an eight-race program this afternoon.

    Tamworth trainer Greg Coney is heading south with eight runners and his filly Sals Last Blast looks likely  to break her maiden status in the Tab Venue Mode Three Year Old Maiden (Race 1).

    Having her 14th race start, she is coming off minor placings at Tamworth at her past two starts, and after drawing gate for over the short trip of 1609 metres, the daughter of Caribbean Blaster should find herself prominent from the start.

    Sals Last Blast has the services of talented driver Jemma Coney, who believes it is only a matter of time before the filly breaks through.

    “She has always been quite consistent, but has run into better ones at previous starts,” said Jemma.

    “I feel if we get the right run from a good draw today she will be right in the finish.”

    Coney has been in fine form herself, and it was only a fortnight ago that she landed her first metropolitan win at Tabcorp Park Menangle.

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