POOR draws across two meeting have put a dampener on what has been a big week for in-form Clayton Harmey.
The Cessnock trainer had four winners at Newcastle last weekend and returns this Saturday night with one of those, Riverleigh Dolly (gate nine), and three-year-old Barbiethebeachgirl (six).
Two others, Secret Jack (six) and Machsaswinger (14), will contest Country Series finals on the same night at Menangle. Harmey also has Ma Joi (seven) in Machaswinger’s race, as well as Linyanti (10), which saluted at Menangle on Tuesday, backing up in the seventh and Black Belt (9) in the first.
“Machsaswinger is going really well but has drawn 14,” Harmey said. “Secret Jack crossed Callaghan’s horse [Culinary Delight] last week but won’t do it at Menangle because they are going flat-out when they let it go. They are all going good but the barrier draws have put a dampener on things.”
On Sunday, Maitland will hold a 10-race twilight meeting from 5.11pm which includes the inaugural Maureen Mordue Memorial.
Newcastle’s eight-race card on Saturday night starts at 6.06pm.
Last Saturday night was one of Harmey’s best at the track and possibly the first time he has scored four winners on a program as a trainer.
“I’m pretty sure I have done it, but I’m not sure and if I have it was a hell of a long time ago – 15 years or so,” he said of the feat.
Harmey has 16 horses in work at his Cessnock stables.