Judd swaps boots for silks in driving debut

IT seems Wade Judd’s sporting ability reaches further than just the rugby league field.

The former Orange CYMS player, who now captain-coaches Oberon, is set to make his harness racing debut tomorrow at Orange’s Highlands Paceway.

Judd will be aboard Itz The Promised One in  The Rural Centre Pace (1880 metres), and trainer Kel Winnell said he was confident in the horse’s ability. 

“The horse will be fine, I’m not real sure about the driver though,” Winnell joked.

“His last two runs have been good, and Juddy has been trialling with us and just got his ticket. We helped him out a bit so we thought we’d give him a run.

“He’ll be alright, he’s done trackwork with this horse so he knows it pretty well.”

Winnell said despite the meeting being a non-TAB, he expected all six races to be hard-fought affairs.

“Everyone out there is still fighting it out for money,” he said.

“These aren’t easy races, they’ll be as tough as anywhere else. We don’t really get enough reserve grade races out here, what with Bathurst being right at the top.

“Juddy will still need to run an A grade race to win I think.”

Winnell has six horses racing today and expects them all to perform well.

“They’re all suited to the Orange track, which is why we run so many here,” he said.

The first race kicks off at 2.30pm.

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