When competing in a race named in the honour of one of his horses, it was only fitting Barry Lew claimed victory at Dubbo Harness Racing Club.
The race was the Westside Hotel Karloo Mick Horse of the Year Karloo Damajor Pace (2120m), named in honour of Lew’s greatest horse, Mick, and one of his current stars, Damajor.
In the event, Mat Rue guided Lew’s Karloo Threeothree to a tight victory. Going from gate two, Karloo Threeothree ($3.10 favourite) never held the lead until the very final moments, charging late to steal the win by a head from Smack Dab Shannon ($12).
It made it four wins and three placings from the past seven starts for Karloo Threeothree, with Rue in the gig for each of those races.
The race was followed by more joy for local connections, with Brett Pay’s Sunscreen taking out the Barry Lew Furneys Horseland Leading Local Trainer Pace (2120m).
The gelding has been in consistent form of late and on Sunday, again driven by young gun Tom Pay, Sunscreen ($3.60) had to overcome a tricky draw from gate 10.
Pay worked his way around the outside and when the field got the bell he sat three wide at the front.
From there he moved up and managed to get in front late to win by a half-neck.