Doherty’s double: Reinsman joys on-track success

JINDERA reinsman Tim Doherty enjoyed one of his finest days at the track in years when he steered home a winning double at Wagga last Thursday.

Doherty is slowly increasing his involvement in the sport after time away and he proved he’s still got it with a race-to-race double to open the Wagga program yesterday.

His first winner came on his pacer, Diliart ($5.50), then got home on Trewin Road ($2.90) for his father John Doherty to give him a 100 per cent strike rate for the day.

Doherty moved to Victoria in 2003 to take up harness racing training and driving full-time and enjoyed 30 winners in his first season.

He then gradually decreased his involvement as he undertook university studies and then ultimately decided on a move back to Riverina in 2008.

His father John followed and purchased a farm at Jindera six months ago and the pair are at it together now with a team of seven working on their own track.

Doherty is enjoying his time back in Albury and was happy to claim a double yesterday.

“It’s been a really good day,” Doherty said.

“I didn’t drive for a couple of years so this would have to be my first double for four or five years. I wouldn’t have a clue.”

Doherty only got Diliart a month ago and she came to the Jindera stables winless from almost 20 starts.

She broke through at start number 21 yesterday and Doherty likes the four-year-old mare.

“I only got her three or four weeks ago and didn’t know anything about her,” Doherty said.

“I didn’t think she would go as good as she did.

“She was a really nice two-year-old but hits her knee badly and lost confidence I think.

“It wouldn’t surprise me if she runs through the grades. I really like her.”

Diliart led and ran away for a dominant 16-metre victory.

Trewin Road also led, and held on to score by seven metres. It was the five-year-old’s second win to go along with eight placings from 15 starts.

“He’s a good little racehorse,” Doherty said.

“He’s no star but he does his job by keep getting a cheque.”

Doherty is manager of Albury’s Equestrian Centre and is happy with a team of seven to work with his father John.

Doherty admits he is enjoying being back in the sport here in Riverina.

“I love it now,” he said.

“Having our own place and own track and it’s just good to get back to the Riverina where I’m from.

“It’s so much more social here and laid back. It’s good to be apart of.”

Meantime, experienced Wagga trainer Norm Jerrick produced a gem of a drive to steer Modern Slippa ($6.90) to victory in the Workout Wagga C2-C5 Pace (2165m).

Jerrick rarely drives but has got back in the sulky a couple of times recently and he produced a masterclass in the final event to get the talented four-year-old to victory.

Jerrick put Modern Slippa to sleep three back along the pegs and brought him through with a charmed run to grab the lead in the final 50 metres.

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