YOUNG reinsman Joshua Duggan made the most of a trip home for Christmas with a winning double at the Devonport Paceway last night.
Nanjing Night Net

Duggan scored a running double on Enchanted Heart ($5.60) and then the feature race on favourite George Grant ($4).

The 19-year-old took the opportunity to come home from Victoria to visit family and friends over the Christmas period and he will be here till next Monday.

The son of top reinsman Ricky Duggan, Joshua has been in Victoria for the past three years attached to the stable of Chris Alford.

Alford is recognised as one of Victoria’s top flight reinsmen and trains horses at Bolinda, near Romsey.

Duggan is hopeful of driving at the St Marys meeting on New Year’s Eve before heading back to Victoria.

Last night Duggan achieved his double with a vastly different display of his skills.

In the feature Gwen Williams Marathon (2645 metres) Duggan had George Grant safely away from the standing start and was in front after 100 metres.

From there he was able to dictate terms and on the line had three metres to spare over stablemate Murillo Bromac ($5.90) and In Cruise Mode ($8.90) who battled on well after racing in the death.

Mrs Williams, the patron of the Devonport Harness Racing Club, has sponsored the marathon for the past 10 years and last night presented the winning trophies.

George Grant and Murillo Bromac are both trained at Bridport by Grant Hodges who also trained Duggan’s first winner Enchanted Heart.

Appreciating a drop in class Enchanted Heart ($5.60) was well back in the early stages of the race but Duggan worked his way into a winning position shortly after the field straightened and he ran home to score a metre win over favourite Matesforever ($2.70) and Brown Paige ($14.90).

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