RUN TO THE LINE: Garry Harpley urges Pamplona to the line, finished a head in front of the Shaun Snudden-trained Cams Victories. Pictures: Michael Frogley.Harness racing

LUCK was on the side of father and son combination Darcy and Garry Harpley at the Wagga Showground.

The Temora team combined to win the opening event on the big 12-race card with two-year-old filly Pamplona ($9.30).

In her fourth start, the daughter of John Street North was able to steer clear of early trouble before coming three wide to score a narrow victory.

Holding off the fast finishing Cams Victories ($3.20) she held on by a head to bring up her first win.

Driver Garry knew a win was within her grasp, but needed a bit of luck to go her way.

“We were probably unlucky not to win our first start, then we got checked in our second start before she overraced at Young,” Garry said.

“She’s been working very well and we just needed to get a bit of luck to go our way.

“We were lucky as a horse galloped on the turn and we missed it and in the last few weeks we’ve been getting run into.”

After a disappointing performance after overracing at Young last Saturday, the filly was forced to re-qualify.

Changing some gear including adding hopple shorteners and deafeners saw a big improvement, and the Harpleys were thankful steward for Travis Quickcoming to Temora so they could re-qualify her on Monday.

WINNING RETURN: Garry Harpley comes back victorious with two-year-old filly Pamplona for father Darcy Harpley at Wagga yesterday.

It’s been a long journey for the Harpleys to get the filly on the track, after having a lot of troublewith her dam Maid Of Misfortune.

The aptly-named Brioso Hanover mare was also bred by the Harpleys, but things never went right.

“We bred this horse’s mother and she kept hurting herself,” Garry said.

“She hurt herself as a foal, hurt herself as a yearling then she broke down as a five-year-old so we took her to stud so it’s probably been 13 years since that initial first breeding that we got one to the races.”

With a name synonymous with harness racing in the Riverina, Darcy and Garry have been taking more of a back step of late, focusing on breeding and pre-training before moving horses to other trainers.

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