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Trainers target success in Hunter Region Final at Newcastle Paceway


Trainers Jamie Donovan and Roy Roots Jnr will launch double raids on the Hunter Region Final of the TAB Regional Championships in Newcastle this week.

The prestigious local hit-out, to decide berths in the NSW decider, is scheduled to hit Newcastle Paceway on Friday 17 May.

Tamworth-based Donovan has nominated Rainbow Jet (driven by Ashleigh Delosa) and Paratrouper (Caitlin McElhinney) while Central Mangrove’s Roots Jnr’s hopes lay with Beancounter (Joshua Gallagher) and Major Reason (Robert Morris).

The feature event on the card also marks Grace Panella’s first listed outing as an owner, trainer and driver on the family pacer Major Mickey.

All, however, will be out to upset early favourites, Melanie Elder’s Man From Bravos (Luke McCarthy) and Geoffrey Harding’s Craftmans Charlie (Matthew Harding).

Now in its fifth edition, the Group 2 series is a highlight on the Harness Racing NSW calendar with four regions including Metropolitan, Hunter, Western and Riverina hosting $100,000 races.

The three placegetters, from each of those areas, will then progress to the State Final at Menangle on Saturday 25 May.

“The TAB Regional Championships are open to Australian-bred pacers four years or older with a National Ratings Points up to 70, domiciled and trained in the Hunter and North West zones,” Newcastle Harness Racing Club (NHRC) chairman Daryl Rodgers said.

“So, it offers a fantastic opportunity for local horses and trainers to compete at a Group level with increased prizemoney also on offer for the heats and consolation finals.”

Racing starts on Friday evening from 5.52pm, with the Hunter Region Final – race five – at 7.51pm.

The Voice 2016 finalist and local songstress Kylie Jane.

Off track, The Voice 2016 finalist and local songstress Kylie Jane will entertain guests in the Pacers Restaurant.

The field and barrier draw for the Hunter TAB Regional Championships Final:

  • 1 CRAFTMANS CHARLIE (trainer Geoffrey Harding, driver Matthew Harding)
  • 2 MAN FROM BRAAVOS (Melanie Elder, Luke McCarthy)
  • 3 RAINBOW JET (Jamie Donovan, Ashleigh Delosa)
  • 4 NEVER KNOW BLAZE (Paul Morgan, Dan Morgan)
  • 5 BEANCOUNTER (Roy Roots Jnr, Joshua Gallagher)
  • 6 THE FORTUNATE SON (Denis Maricic, Luke Whittaker)
  • 7 PARATROUPER (Jamie Donovan, Caitlin McElhinney)
  • 8 NIGHT TO REMEMBER (Tom Ison, Tom Ison)
  • 9 MAJOR REASON (Roy Roots Jnr, Robert Morris)
  • 10 THE CID (Mark Callaghan, Jack Callaghan)
  • 11 ROUGE BLING (Dwayne Brown, Jemma Coney)
  • 12 MAJOR MICKEY (Grace Panella, Grace Panella)
  • 13e RACING PAULA (Tom Ison, Tom Ison)
  • 14e WAYOUTWEST (David Caffyn, Jack Brown)

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