DUBBO reinsman Nathan Carroll is hoping for plenty more drives of Clayton Harmey-trained pacers after steering three to victory in a career-first four winners at Newcastle on Saturday night.
Carroll, who was based in Maitland but recently returned to Dubbo, drove Harmey favourites Heroic Outlaw, Rock Till Ya Drop and Blissful Dixie to wins, as well as the Stacie Elliott-trained Terry Barry ($33.70).
The 22-year-old driver said he had “plenty of doubles and trebles before, but never four winners at one meeting”.
With Harmey recently losing No.1 reinsman Josh Osborn to suspension, the in-form Thornton trainer is on the lookout for local drivers to fill the void. Carroll, who still has his claim, was aiming to get more chances.
“I’m starting to weave my way into Clayton’s stable and hopefully I can get a lot of his junior drives,” Carroll said. “He’s a very good trainer and knows everything about all of his horses. He’s also a big believer in that hard work pays off, so hopefully I can show him that.”
At Bathurst on Saturday night, former Keinbah trainers Shane and Lauren Tritton’s Divine State was the star of Gold Crown heats, winning by 37.5 metres in 1:56:2. On Monday, Ellalong’s Michael Formosa will carry Hunter hopes in heats of the three-year-old series with Rocknroll Emma (Bracelet) and Mondooley Mach (Chalice).
Meanwhile, Dubbo horseman Kyle Barnes will be farewelled on Friday at Western Districts Memorial Park.
Barnes, who had his last winner, Cindy Marie, as a trainer at Newcastle in 2015, died on Thursday after a battle with pancreatic cancer.