Nathan Turnbull puts on a show, driving four winners at Sunday's Parkes harness meeting

FOUR WINNERS: Nathan Turnbull returns to the scales with Bruhaha, who took out the $8000 PHRC Final on Sunday. Turnbull rode four winners at the meeting. Photo: Kristy Williams.

FOUR WINNERS: Nathan Turnbull returns to the scales with Bruhaha, who took out the $8000 PHRC Final on Sunday. Turnbull rode four winners at the meeting. Photo: Kristy Williams.

STAR Bathurst trainer-driver Nathan Turnbull had an incredible day out in Sunday's meeting at the Parkes Harness Racing Club, piloting home four winners - two of which he also trained - including the $8000 PHRC Committee Final on the reins of Bruhaha.

Bruhaha, a five-year-old horse from Roll With Joe x Aintshegreat, qualified for the final with a dominant 1:59.3, 12.6 metre win in last Sunday's heat and he was even more dominant in the final despite yet again spending much of the race wide at the tail of the field.

As soon as the arms folded back Courage Lips ($31), who had also caused a false start prior, burned forward and tried to run the ragged from up front - at some stages pulling over four lengths clear of the field as she set up lightning quick sectionals (28.5, 28.3, 30.6 and 30.7).

As race caller Michael Dumesny pointed out, this set the race up perfectly for Bruhaha ($2.30f) to launch from the back end of the field, and with Courage Lips all but gone on the back straight, the former booted clear to win by 14.9 metres in a sizzling 1:57.8.

It was an easy watch for punters and yet another peach from Turnbull, with Four For The Road ($14) finishing well back in second while local hope Cuzin Pat ($26) produced yet another consistent performance at good odds to round out the minor placings with the trifecta paying $407.40 at TAB.


For Turnbull, the win in the third race of the evening kickstarted his golden run; with his other wins coming on the reins of Frankies Tooth ($1.95f), Surf Ace ($7) and Ebony Rocks ($1.65f) in the final four races of the meeting.

The much anticipated racing debut of Ebony Rocks, a two-year-old Pet Rock x Ebony Shannon filly, went exactly as expected, with Turnbull easily finding the lead from the start and the filly was never really under any pressure over the 2040 metres; eventually winning by a comfortable 4.3 metres.

Turnbull will be left to ponder what might have been in the Parkes Furniture One Pace; he was down for the drives on both Falcons Honour ($34) and Bell Riverkid ($4) but elected to drive the latter, who is trained by his brother Josh.

Falcons Honour, drivien by Blake Micallef then went on to win the race in an absolute landslide after the clear winner, Uncle Craigo ($1.45), galloped right in the shadows of the post in what was a sickening watch for his backers.

Four wins in an eight race meeting is a pretty fair effort on Turnbull's part - but imagine if he'd booted home five!

Adam Bellach continues to go from strength to strength, with Carlas Angel ($6.50) holding on in a thriller over Bobby Street ($7.50) in the TAB Long May We Play Pace.

Carlas Angel showed good pace from the inside, and booted to the lead as soon as the arms folded back, and with the in-form Phoebe Betts in the gig, the mare could not be reeled in.

The heavily supported Ring The Till ($3.50), a former Parkes-trained runner, had every chance but Carlas Angel set a good pace in front; winning in a smart 1:58.0

The meeting in the region will be a Sunday twilight meeting at the Dubbo Harness Racing Club on March 14.

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