CONSISTENT performer Royal Gamble capped a memorable weekend for the Callaghan family with a dominant victory at Menangle on Saturday night.
Jack Callaghan drove Royal Gamble to the lead and rated him perfectly for a 3.1-metre win in 1:53:7 for his father, Mark. It was Royal Gamble's fifth win at Menangle and gave Jack a race-to-race double after he steered Alta Orlando to victory for boss Belinda McCarthy.
On Friday night at Newcastle, Jack scored a treble which included the feature race, the Bill and Glenn Tomlin Memorial, with Hidden Delight for his father, who drove runner-up Bite The Bullet and trained the quinella. The Morisset-based Callaghans are in the ownership of both pacers. The duo also won on the night with Laceys Lad, while Jack's other victory came with Michael Doltoff's Lets Get Rockin.
"It was really good and Jack having a good night last night at Menangle made it even better," Mark said.
"I can see [Jack] improving all the time. He's still got a little bit to go but to get to where he is in less than three years is a pretty good effort. We're very proud of him as a family."
Hidden Delight was never threatened in the Tomlin Memorial after working hard to eventually gain the early lead.
"She went really good," Mark said.
"She's been doing a few little things wrong lately but on Friday night she did everything right.
"He just kept her balanced and that's the key to her. He always had a bit of an advantage on the horses outside so he was always going to bully his way to the front, so it worked out good."
Also Saturday, Cessnock trainer Clayton Harmey won the Menangle Country Series final with Azur Express.
Whittingham trainer Aaron Goadsby was pleased with a fourth for La La Bron at Melton in the group 1 APG 4YO mares final.
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