NSW Breeders Challenge heats were run at Parkes

CONSISTENT: KARINYA JUDE has finished in the placings in seven of her last eight starts. The mare is trained by Forbes' Gary Eyre and loves the Parkes track. She's placed in 10 of 19 career starts. Photo: Kristy Williams.

CONSISTENT: KARINYA JUDE has finished in the placings in seven of her last eight starts. The mare is trained by Forbes' Gary Eyre and loves the Parkes track. She's placed in 10 of 19 career starts. Photo: Kristy Williams.

Bathurst trainer Steve Turnbull had an absolute day out at Sunday's meeting at the Parkes Harness Racing Club.

Turnbull had three wins and three minor placings at the meeting, including victory in the NSW Breeders Challenge Heat for the three-year-old colts and geldings with SMOOTH BAHT.

SMOOTH BAHT sat midfield the entire race before exploding from four wide on the straight, eventually winning by half a length over the Bernie Hewitt trained DUKKAH.

The $1.40 favourite for the race, PAT MCGARRY, found itself caught in plenty of trouble during the race and could only manage second last.

In the NSW Breeders Challenge Heat for the three-year-old fillies there was to be no upset.

JENDEN STRIKE went around as the $1.45 favourite and duly delivered, lobbing in the one-out one-back position from the start before winning in cruise control by 4 metres.

The Chris Frisby filly has a Group 2 victory under the belt already, and if she can put out her best form more consistently she will be one to watch as the Breeders Challenge progresses.

In the Ohoka Punter Pace, KARINYA JUDE and SAINT EMILION fought it out in a thrilling photo finish, with the latter getting the chocolates.

The Forbes trained KARINYA JUDE has now finished in the placings in each of her last five starts, with average winning odds of $32.40 on those occasions.

She continues to be profitable for punters despite not having a win since July 26.

The most impressive win of the day belonged to WHISKIESONTHEBEACH, who led all the way and cruised to victory in the Parkes Betta Electrical Pace.

The Gregory Rue runner has now had 117 career starts, notching a first win since June 21.

The talented FIRESTORM RED took out the Medlyns/Castrol Pace at $6, bursting down the straight from out wide, with a perfect drive from Mitch Turnbull.

DUNNO JO recorded a sixth career win in the Col Fletcher Ford pace for trainer Harry Fitzpatrick, holding off the fast finishing RING THE TILL.

Harness racing heads back to Dubbo next Sunday.