Newcastle harness racing: Trainers' premiership battle heats up

Morisset’s Mark Callaghan moved level in the Newcastle trainers’ premiership race with a victory on Friday night.

Mark Callaghan

Mark Callaghan

Callaghan, joint champion with Brad Elder in the drivers’ title last season, won with Power Surge to go to 28 victories for the season alongside Keinbah trainer Roy Roots jnr with three Newcastle Paceway meetings remaining.

Callaghan had moved to one behind Roots jnr when Laceys Lad won on Tuesday night.

Power Surge was the $1.10 favourite but had to come late with a five-wide run to steal a neck victory in the Menangle C0-C1 series heat on Friday night

Earlier, Bobs Farm team Geoff and James Harding’s Sackheim denied Callaghan’s Western Stride in the Menangle C2-C3 series heat.

Cessnock trainer and defending premiership winner Clayton Harmey moved to 26 victories for the season with Bally Barfly saluting.

At Bendigo, Roots jnr’s The Black Prince was second in his 3YO Breeders Crown heat.

Meanwhile, Newcastle horse of the year Takara Truffle made it back-to-back wins on her home track on Tuesday night in her return from an injury-enforced lay-off. The victory made it four in a row all up for the Aaron Goadsby-trained mare.

At Menangle on Saturday night, Louth Park trainer Darren Elder’s Shannonsablast will race in the group 3 FFA feature where Tiger Tara makes his return to racing.