October 28, 2020 National Trotguide
“IT IS just amazing” were the words expressed by Steve Turnbull when coming off the track after winning the opening race at Parkes on Sunday afternoon.
Parkes had endured more than two inches of constant rain over the previous two days yet was able to go ahead with Sunday’s program, which was dominated by the Turnbull family.
Turnbull admitted he had his doubts when he drove through continual rain on his trip to Parkes but by the end of the day he was clearly grateful for the professionalism of the Parkes club and its track curator Brett Hutchings, who presented a perfect racing surface under trying conditions.
“I thought we were wasting our time as we drove through Orange but I should have known better,” said Turnbull, who bagged three winners while his daughter Amanda trained a double.
“Parkes has been a club that works hard to do things right and they delivered yet again.”
And it was classic Steve Turnbull at his best in the gig as he drove a double, producing pinpoint accuracy by rating them to perfection in front.
After the pace slackened off in the first, Steve took off aboard Ideal Match to find the lead with 1000 metres to run, which turned out to be a winning move.
He bookended the meeting when he speared Rock On out of gate four to lead and he then turned the handlebars down with 800 metres to run, clocking a last half of 57.3 seconds, leaving just enough in reserve to sneak in by a half head.
His third winner was driven by son Mitch, who had a comfortable drive in front aboard Toro Delago.
The hard-working team from Radiant Lodge head to “town” tonight where they have eight runners engaged at Bathurst, a relatively easy night by their standards.
Smart two-year-old Warrawee Drinking will compete against horses that are five years his senior in race five, his final hit-out before Saturday night’s $50,000 Woodlands Stud NSW True Blue Breeders Challenge Series finale at Tabcorp Park Menangle.
The gelding found the competition far too strong in the Breeders Challenge semi-final on October 10 but prior to that he impressed with a gutsy second at Dubbo followed by a win and second placing at Bathurst.
Turnbull is certain to have him spot-on for tonight and Saturday.
- MICHAEL DUMESNY