Hell Of A Band chasing two wins for the week at Wagga

BACK UP AIM: Grant Forrest has two chances at Wagga on Friday, including Hell Of A Band who won on the same track earlier in the week. Picture: Les Smith

BACK UP AIM: Grant Forrest has two chances at Wagga on Friday, including Hell Of A Band who won on the same track earlier in the week. Picture: Les Smith

Fresh off a win on Tuesday, Grant Forrest is looking to strike while the iron is hot with Hell Of A Band.

Hell Of A Band finished off strongly to bring up his third victory at Wagga on Tuesday and lines up in the Riverina Crane Services Pace (1755m) on Friday.

Forrest hopes he can be in the finish against despite drawing the second row.

“He’s going pretty good but hasn’t got the best draw again,” Forrest said.

“We will see what he can do but he has been working pretty good so I expect him to be somewhere near them.”

After a powerful burst off a slow early tempo, Forrest is looking for a bit more speed to help Hell Of  A Band’s chances of the double.

Forrest also has Paulie Walnuts engaged.

He’s expecting improvement after his debut run for the stable last week.

“He’s going a bit better than his form suggests,” Forrest said. “He drew 11 in my one and only start with him in the wet at Albury and he didn’t go too bad there.”

Meanwhile the harness racing community farewelled a stalwart on Thursday.

The funeral of Jim Lewis was held following his sudden death on Sunday.

In typical fashion Lewis at the Coolamon trials on Sunday morning before suffering a heart attack.

Lewis was part of the furniture at the club with the Coolamon Harness Racng Club and had been the president there since 1978.

He became a member of the club as an 18-year-old in 1959 after his father introduced him to the sport.

Lewis was also a long serving president of the South West and Riverina.

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