LOUTH Park’sPeter Hedges booked his maidenstarteras a trainer in a Menangle Country Series final and a first winning double in a year at Newcastle on Saturday night.
Out suspended from driving, Hedges landed the wins with I’m Saint Anthony and I’m Major Harry –his only pacers in work –with the help of young Maitland reinsman Dan Morgan.
I’m Major Harry won a two-year-old raceon protest after Art Of Pipi shifted out down the straight. Earlier,I’m Saint Anthony took out theC2-C3 Country Series heat at the price of $12 to secure a place in Saturday night’s final.
Hedges has driven in finals of the monthly series but hasnever qualified his own horse in one.
“We had a bit of luck, Mark Callaghan’s horse [favourite Rave Moonraker] galloped on the last bend and he was probably going to be winning, but that’s racing and you’ve got to take that luck when it comes,” Hedges said.
“They have been both going well withoutmuch luck, but they made the most of good barriers this time.”
At Bendigo on Saturday night, two-year-oldTingira Beach, which is owned by Newcastle Harness Racing Club financial director David Carpenter, won his semi-final of the Breeders Crown series.
Former Keinbah-based trainer-driver combination Shane and Lauren Tritton steered Tingira Beach, Go Home Jo andEmoji to finals of the group one series.