Driving lesson

Driving lesson from Hurst at Young trot | The young witness

Bathurst driver coach Nathan Hurst gave a driving lesson at the Young Harness Club meeting on Tuesday night.

The Eglington-based reinser brought home four of the program’s seven winners, training three of them himself.

His fourth winner was coached by West Wyalong coach Michael Souden.

The young connections managed minor rankings during the meeting.

Hurst’s night started on a winning note with Tulhurst Dancer ($7.50) recording a neck-and-neck victory over race favorite Swedish Meatballs ($2.30, Jackson Painting) and Sunnywithachance ($8 , Maurice Johnson) at 1.1 meters in third place.

From the outside draw on the second line, Hurst led a patient run early allowing Tulhurst Dancer to settle towards the back of the field with Sunnywithadance taking an early lead and threading the field.

As the bell approached, Hurst pulled Tulhurst Dancer away from the fence before going on a long run with just the early leader and favorite to run around the corner.

With the final shot, Tulhurst Dancer took the lead in the shadow of the post.

The win was the third in a row for Tullhurst Dance who started on lucrative chances after wins at Bathurst and Blayney in their last starts.

Another Tullhurst, Tullhurst Writer ($4.80), provided Hurst with his second winner of the night, again upsetting a running favorite for victory in the Donges Supa IGA Pace over 1,720 yards.

A late start seventh out of 10 in a stronger grade at Bathurst on February 9 Tulhurst Writer was well backed late and challenged for the early lead before Hurst entered Sportswriter’s son into the one behind Twisted Mistress and Special Meaning with the Doctor Somes inside.

When Twisted Mistress dropped Special Meaning and Tulhurst Writer had to fight, with the latter getting the better of Special Meaning (Nathan Townsend) in the line.

Two races later, Hurst took three wins for the night, again causing an upset, this time with a $12 chance Gabb’ys Reason who recorded a 10-yard win over Headturner ($2.8, Blake Micalef ) with Gone Way Back ($10.10, Scott Osmond) a further 10 yards in third place.

Hurst sat at the back of a compact front six in the early stages before the peloton leveled off and he found himself four behind on the outside as the pacemakers established a solid pace early on.

Over the 2100 yards, the strong early sections worked in favor of Gabby’s Reasons, with Hurst making a lightning move down the back, Gabby’s Reason taking the lead before the turn and clearing the run for a comfortable victory.

Hurst recorded his fourth victory in the card’s fifth event, the South West Credit Union Pace over 1,720 yards, when he combined with West Wyalong coach MIchael Souden and Peggyville ($3.40).