KARLOO Mick conquered Tamworth Paceway in near track record time with a regal victory in Wednesday night's $10,000 the Pub Group Gold Nugget (2360m).
The marvellous Dubbo 12-year-old is now off to the Australia Day Cup at Menangle on Saturday week before tackling next month's Inter Dominion.
"Bring it on," said confident young driver Robbie Morris of the Inter Dominion.
"It's a big ask for a 12-year-old but he feels the best he has done for a while. Feels like a three-year-old."
At Tamworth the Dubbo Destroyer won his 64th race at his 158th start.
He rated 1:59.4 for the 2360m and was just seconds outside Enjays Cam's track record.
“He’s a great little pony,” said owner-trainer Barry Lew.
“Been great to us.”
Karloo Mick earned $6700 plus a gold nugget to go with the $1.47million he has won for Barry and Ronda Lew.
“We’ll go to Menangle and then into the heats of the Inter Dominion,” he said.
It was Karloo Mick’s first start at Tamworth Paceway and mainly because of Ronda Lew’s insistence.
She was the Tamworth Harness Racing Club administrator for a number of years before moving to Dubbo and was delighted to come back and win the Nugget.
“I’ve always wanted to come back and win this race,” Ronda Lew said.
“Just had some problems getting Barry to come here.
“But I can’t tell you how proud we are of this horse.
“He’s won a race in every year. He didn’t race as a two-year-old but has won races as a three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, 10, 11 and 12-year-old. That’s got to be something of a record.”
The trip to Tamworth from his Sydney base proved worthwhile for Robbie Morris who finished with a winning treble.
As well as enjoying success with Karloo Mick he was also seen at his best behind Rocknroll Diva and Gotta Go Lucky NZ.
Apart from Barry Lew, the other Dubbo trainers and drivers met with some success.
Nathan Carroll drove Due Case ($22.80) to a win for Tamworth trainer Ian Mabbott and the same young reinsman finished third with Sunofbula for his father Mick Carroll in the race won by Nathan Hurst’s pacer Regal Eagle NZ.
Nathan Carroll was also third with Rosca Jack, also from the Mabbott stable.
However, Mick Carroll didn’t get any joy out of the runs by McCool Mover and Bluechipboy; Lee Dillon was unplaced for Bill Lesslie; Peter Reynolds had Jayronray and Casino On Ice finish down the track and Martin Simmon’s gelding Pride Of Panorama was also unplaced.