Cracks Tinny and Shannon Suvaljko. Photo credit- Photography by Jodie Hallows
Training four winners on the card may not be a first for Lang Inwood, but it’s been some time since his last quadrella, with Saturday night’s effort one to be celebrated.
With 10 runners engaged at Albany on Saturday the 14th of January, Inwood walked away with four winners and three placings, including the race quinella in the last with his maiden Batavia breaking through for his first win ahead of stablemate Pink Parade.
“It looked good on paper, and I thought I would quinella race two, but it was poor start so thought I was in for a long night then,”
“I had trained four (winners) a few times back in the early days, just happy to train one these days.” Inwood said.
The celebrations didn’t end there, with Shannon Suvaljko piloting every one of Inwood’s winners to victory, giving Suvaljko driving honours on the night.
Tux And Tails kicked off the celebrations, with the $3.30 favourite coming out on top in race four over the 2690m, with a comfortable margin in 2:02:5.
Inwood and Suvaljko joined forces again in race six, the standing start over the 2648m trip, with Lets Rock Tonight coming off the 10m handicap and taking top honours by a short half head in 2:04:3.
Inwood would have still been in the wash down bay when Cracka Tinny took out the next race on the card after the eight-year-old worked his way to the front in race seven for Suvaljko, getting the win by 4.1m in 1:59:2.
In the last he was represented by three runners, with Batavia Bob and Pink Parade claiming the quinella with a narrow margin between the stable mates. Leading all the way over the 2265m, the double westbred gelding broke through for his first win at start 18, and just his third start in Lang’s stable, with in form maiden Pink Parade runner-up again this week.
Inwood’s introduction to harness racing began at Albany when he was just a teenager when he started working for Gordon Murphy at 16-years-old. It wasn’t until he left halfway through year 12 that he relocated and started working for Ross Olivieri for 18 months, eventually making his debut to driving in the 1997/98 season at 18 years-old, with his first win on board Danjana at Narrogin in March 1998.
“My family had no horse involvement. I was first to get into it, then Grace and Giles got into it too.”
Taking up his trainer’s licence in 1997/98, Inwood has been training for over 26 years now with a total of 475 winners and 1001 placings.
“Working the 10 that races at Albany, I’m there for the season, a working holiday,”
“Tux And Tails is probably the only one that’s got a future in town, the rest just have to wait their turn to win one.”