Duggan reigns supreme

18 / 07 / 2017 Article by: Shane Yates
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Inducted into The Tasmanian Harness Racing Hall Of Fame in 2014, Ricky Duggan is a highly respected reinsman throughout Australia and the Halwes Medalist’s career continues to thrive.

In June, Duggan broke through the 1500 career wins barrier with a double. And a winning treble in Hobart on Sunday night has seen the 48-year-old close the gap on the all-time Tasmanian record held by Barrie Rattray, which currently sits at 1575 winners.

Duggan’s successful night commenced in race three with the Kim Rainbird-bred and owned Smilin Geoff, sustaining a powerful run three-wide from the bell. The Marc Butler-prepared five-year-old surged to the lead off the back stretch and went to the post strongly to win by 5.7 metres, recording a 2.01 mile rate.

A quick change into Deb Williams’ colours for the Camelot Racing Syndicate and Duggan was back in action on Our Percius in the Go Racing Tasmania Pace over the mile. Duggan restrained Our Percius from the number one gate in the run to the first corner, electing to sit on the back of the Ebonyallstarzzz. The master reinsman waited patiently for the gap to present itself at the top of the home straight, and when it did Our Percius sprinted strongly over the top of the favourite.

Success in the Hobart Belmont capped off the night for Duggan, aboard the Paul Hill-trained Rock N Roll Heaven-Sweethearts Memory filly, Bouquet Of Roses. Duggan allowed the two-year-old time to settle at the tail of the field before making his move at the 800-metre peg. The Gareth Rattray-driven Twenty Two Karat enjoyed a 12-metre break on Bouquet Of Roses turning for home but had no answer to the paralysing finishing burst of the well supported first starter.

Watch Bouquet Of Roses’s winning run in race 6:

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