FOLLOWING a career-first win last start Bettor Jiggle comes back to his home track this Wednesday night to contest the Bathurst Batteries 2YO Colts and Geldings Pace (1,730 metres).
Bettor Jiggle, trained by The Lagoon’s Josh Turnbull and driven by his brother Nathan, goes out from the back row at Bathurst Paceway against his fellow juvenile contenders.
The Bettors Delight colt had a mixed Bathurst Gold Crown Carnival, narrowly missing out on a spot in the final before failing in his Gold Consolation attempt.
The Turnbulls continued to race the colt after his carnival campaign and last start their persistence was rewarded with a big win at Forbes.
“He ran pretty well then. He’s got some good gate speed but he’s going off the back row this time so that makes it a bit tougher for him,” Nathan Turnbull said.
“He was able to get to the front quickly last start and that helps on those smaller tracks. He just jogged out that first lap and then ran home really quick over the last lap.”
Bettor Jiggle is flanked on the back row by the horse he beat last start, Bernie Hewitt’s Lord Denzel, and Michael Muscat’s Hitman Joe.
The race features two debutants, starting on opposite ends of the front row.
KerryAnn Turner and Robbie Morris’ recent trial winner Tretyakov has drawn gate one.
Peter Bullock has the other first-time starter, Neville Shannon, who goes out from gate eight.
One of the runners to watch in the race will be Josh Turnbull’s other contender, Hit The Track.
The Sportswriter gelding hasn’t had much luck of late but has been racing against some of the state’s leading juveniles in the Australian Pacing Gold series.
Nathan Turnbull likes his winning chances with Bettor Jiggle, as long as he can safely navigate a path ahead from the back row.
“He was thereabouts in his Gold Crown heats but it didn’t work out for him in the consolation,” he said.
“These fields aren’t as strong as those ones were so he’ll have a really good chance.
“It’s always tricky with these colts to know whether you want to press on or give them a spell after the Gold Crown, but he’s shown us a lot since then so we’ve kept him going.”
Since the Gold Crown Carnival Bettor Jiggle has finished fourth on two occasions, improved to second place at home before picking up the breakthrough win.
Wednesday night’s racing also includes a race for two-year-old fillies that will close out the night’s racing.
Bernie Hewitt runners make up half of the 10-strong field.
Bathurst Paceway’s eight-race meeting starts from 5:07pm and runs through until 8.40pm.