Morisset trainer Mark Callaghan backed up his best season with wins across two meetings on Saturday night on the opening day of the new campaign.
Callaghan qualified Vega Star for the $30,000 M0 series at Menangle Park next Saturday night with a commanding heat win at the track. The six-year-old gelding, with Todd McCarthy in the gig, stormed to the lead early and controlled the tempo before kicking clear for a 4.5-metre win. Vega Star was coming off back-to-back victories at Newcastle.
“He’s a real nice horse and he went really good again,” Callaghan’s son, Jack, said.
“It’s exciting getting into the final. We were really confident going into the race. We knew he was a really good chance.”
Also Saturday night, Jack was aboard Lovin Miss Daisy when she gave the Callaghan stable a winning start to the season at Newcastle. Mark Callaghan claimed his first Newcastle trainers’ premiership a week earlier.
Lovin Miss Daisy, the $1.40 favourite, worked around the field three wide early to sit outside the leader and held on for a head victory in race three.
“She raced really well,” Jack said.
“We had to do it tough but she ended up just getting the win, which was good.
“There ended up being a few horses that went forward, but I knew she had a bit of class on them.
“I just took my time getting there and she did the rest.”
Keinbah trainer Roy Roots jnr, who was second to Callaghan in the premiership, had a winning double with Matilda Dawn and Eadies Joy.
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