Morisset’s Mark Callaghan looks set to go ahead in the Newcastle trainers’ premiership race after entering a strong team for Saturday night.
Chasing his first trainers’ title at Newcastle Paceway, Callaghan has Highview Freddy (race one), Western Stride (two), Vega Star (four), Awesome Stride (six), High Line (seven) and Courageous Dancer (eight) expected to all challenge for wins on the eight-race program.
With three meetings remaining in the season at Newcastle, Callaghan has 28 wins for the campaign to sit joint leader with Keinbah-based Roy Roots jnr. Callaghan tied Brad Elder for the drivers’ title last season.
His son, Jack Callaghan, will drive Highview Freddy and said the stable was keen to win the premiership.
“Obviously over the last few weeks it’s something that’s been talked about in the harness racing community,” Jack said.
“It’s not something you strive for but obviously if we’re able to get it, it’s a big achievement for us.”
He said Western Stride, Vega Star and stable newcomer High Line were among their best chances.
“We’ve got six in tomorrow so hopefully there’s something there that can give us a bit of joy,” Jack said Friday.
“Western Stride is going really good at the moment and Vega Star is going better than what his last run [fifth at Newcastle] was.
“High Line is obviously having his first start for us after coming from New Zealand. You never 100 per cent know what you are going to get from them, but we’re expecting her to be right in it.”
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