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Morisset pacer The Cid takes aim at championship final

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Morisset-trained The Cid is eyeing off further glory after storming home to win the $100,000 Hunter Region Final at Newcastle on Friday night.

The five-year-old bay gelding, by Always B Miki (USA) out of The Waratah (Mach Three CA), pipped Major Reason for the honours on 17 May.

Pre-race favourite Man From Braavos finished third a further 3.2 metres in arrears.

The three placegetters will now face rivals from the Metropolitan, Western and Riverina regions in the prestigious 2024 TAB Regional Championships NSW Final at Menangle on Saturday 25 May.

Jack and Tom Callaghan with The Cid at Newcastle Paceway.

It was a family affair at the Newcastle Harness Racing Club with The Cid claiming the spoils for trainer Mark Callaghan and his son, and in-form driver, Jack Callaghan aboard.

“I’m happy with the result,” the former said.

“I was hoping there would be a few more fireworks early.

“But, he took on the best… and you could have made the race longer, he still would’ve won.”

Callaghan admitted victory at Menangle later this month was the goal.

“The owner sent him to me and asked me to get him ready for this series,” he said.

“So, that’s what we planned for.

“He’s third up on the distance, we prepped him for this run.

“And, luckily it worked out.”

In an exciting finish at the Newcastle Paceway, a late run by The Cid secured young Callaghan his second triumph in the listed event, which began in 2021.

The $7 shot was well-placed from the start.

However, a dashing run down the inside on the home straight allowed him to register a time of 2:26.20, relegating Major Reason (at the odds of $4.60), trained by Roy Roots Jnr and driver Robert Morris, to second by a head.

The Melanie Elder-trained Man From Braavos (Blake Hughes) hung in to round out the placings.

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