Legend to make an appearance at Newcastle

10 August 2018

NEWCASTLE PREVIEW | MICHAEL COURT

MOST of the youngsters at Newcastle trots tonight probably won’t even recognise him.

But they will have a legend in the midst when former champion trainer-driver Vic Frost makes an all-too-rare appearance at one of his one-time happy hunting grounds.

Frost still trains a small team at Mooball near the Queensland border and recently married his long-time partner Gail Geeson, who part-owns veteran gelding Back Page News, who will contest Race Four at Newcastle tonight, a heat of the Club Menangle Where Horses Fly series.

Frost, of course, partnered one of our greatest-ever pacers Westburn Grant to several fine wins at Newcastle in the early 90s, including a couple of wins over another champion pacer in Thorate.

Vic doesn’t drive these days as his shoulders have given him plenty of grief in the past couple of years from all those horses that tried to pull him out of the sulky.

And he still has the old veteran Westburn Grant treated like a king at his northern NSW property – one of the oldest surviving champions in Australian harness racing.

And while he doesn’t make that many trips south these days he still leaves nothing to chance when he does and has booked ace reinsman Robbie Morris to take the drive on Back Page News.

Listed as a $10 shot in early markets, Back Page News has had two runs since resuming from a spell including s second placing at Albion Park.

Still after drawing the outside of the front line, Frost will rely on Morris to weave some magic and get his 125-start veteran into the action.

“It’s will be good to be back at the old stomping ground,” said Frost.

“I had some great stoushes with Robbie’s father Peter over the years at Harold Park as he drove some terrific horses.

“Robbie is a great young driver too and I had no hesitation giving him a call to take the drive . . . he drives that track as good as anyone.

“Hopefully he can get Back Page News through to the final and we’ll be making a trip to Menangle as well.”

Back Page News will need all of Morris’ expertise to get over the top of Mark Callaghan’s up and coming mare Power Surge, who is putting together an awesome record since being purchased from New Zealand.

Power Surge finished third at Menangle last start but won her previous three and Callaghan has also done his homework and engaged premier reinsman Todd McCarthy to take the drive on the $1.10 favourite.