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    Wheels on The Bus went very fast Wheels on The Bus went very fast

    ALTHOUGH the angled of the picture paints a different story, it was The Bus on the outside which emerged triumphant - Photo Petermac

    THE wheels on The Bus were smoking during last night’s $10,000 Pub Group Gold Nugget in Tamworth. In taking out the feature The Bus... Wheels on The Bus went very fast

    THE wheels on The Bus were smoking during last night’s $10,000 Pub Group Gold Nugget in Tamworth.

    In taking out the feature The Bus slashed a second from Real Social’s 1980-metre track record set in January 2017.

    “It was a super run – awesome effort by the horse,” said reinsman Guy Chapple.

    “He is a serious race horse. Tonight he just went unbelievable.

    “He would race again tomorrow as he has got a big ticker and he will be here on Sunday for the Golden Guitar heats.”

    Chapple has a grand association with the Tamworth Paceway and looks forward to returning to the Club’s January racing carnival each year.

    “I think that is the third time I have won a Nugget race,” Chapple said. “Tamworth has been the best place for me. I have won three Tamworth City Cups, two Golden Guitar Finals and now three Gold Nugget races.

    “I won a couple of Sires’ Stake races here as well.”

    From barrier rise the Gold Nugget developed into a speed battle with The Bus from the three barrier, Royal Gamble from the one and Lexy Can Wait from the six barrier vying for the lead.

    “I knew the speed would be on and it was our plan to be where we were,” Chapple said. “It played into our hands – that was a freakish run by the horse.”

    Lexy Can Wait took the lead, with Royal Gamble racing in on the leader’s back, while The Bus occupied the ‘death seat’.

    At the 600-metre mark The Bus kicked clear with local pacer Hedges Avenue giving chase, with the pair soon joined by Royal Gamble as the field raced along the home straight.

    The Bus completed a metre-and-a-half win Royal Gamble, Hedges Avenue six metres away third.

    “He just kept giving…he is just a strong horse,” Chapple said. “He was travelling massive within himself.

    “I knew they were running along and when I was coming back to scale it was unbelievable, I couldn’t believe it when they said it was track record”

    The son of Art Major has had 35 starts for nine wins and 12 placings, with 14 of those starts in Australian soil after arriving from New Zealand.

    “I reckon he could have done another lap – he just felt so strong,” Chapple said.

    “We will be back on Sunday where we have drawn barrier seven, which is the only drawback so it will have to be another big run again and hopefully we qualify for the Final.”

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