TOM Ison hopes a nice barrier for My Chachingchaching will lead to a change in luck when he heads to Menangle Park on Saturday night.
The former Tamworth reinsman, who has worked for Keinbah trainer Roy Roots jnr for the past 18 months, has three drives for his boss on the program.
My Chachingchaching has gate two in race three, while Glengarry Rose has four in the mares race and group 1-winning trotter Glenferrie Typhoon is drawn wide on class in the ninth.
Ison, 21, has two wins for Roots jnr at Menangle, including a group 3 victory with The Black Prince, and he was looking to My Chachingchaching to make it three.
The eight-year-old, a former group 1 runner, was fourth last start at Newcastle but won at the track two weeks earlier.
"He was unlucky last start, we dropped back and couldn't get out, and he went good the week before," Ison said. "He's just got back to his best and he's drawn all right there tomorrow to be thereabouts and a threat."
Glengarry Rose was also a winner at Newcastle on October 19 but was sixth last start.
"Her last start was over 2500m, which probably didn't really suit, and they went hard," he said. "She stuck on well, and back to a mile will be better for her."
Glenferrie Typhoon broke and finished well back in the group 2 Australian Trotters Cup last start at Menangle but was a winner the run before at the track.
Ison won the Matthew Jenkins Young Achiever Award at the recent Hunter Valley harness racing presentation night.
He has nine wins and 27 placings in 74 drives this season.
"It's all going good and the award was great, but it was a bit unexpected," he said.
Racing resumes at Newcastle, following a track surface renovation, on November 16.