Mitch Chapple. Picture: HRNSWMITCH Chapple is still months away from returning to driving from a broken wrist, but the Louth Park 20-year-old is happy to focus on his new training career.
And for good reason.In his first two weeks as a trainer, Chapple has had three starters for three winners, including a double at Newcastle on Saturday night.
Burning Ambition and Derringer won, with Michael Formosa and Leigh Sutton driving respectively, to maintain Chapple’s perfect record.Burning Ambition, which has been trained by Chapple’s father, Guy, gave Mitch his first winner six days earlier at Maitland.
He made a promising start to his driving career but he has been out since a fall at home “shattered” his wrist, which required surgery.
“I broke my wrist about a month ago, so I thought I’d focus on the training until it heals up,” Chapple said.“Then I might have a drive every now and again, but I’m quite happy to focus on the training side of it.
“I’ve always wanted to do it.Dad’s been pretty successful as a trainer so I thought I’d give it a crack, and hopefully I’m as good as him.”
Chapple said Burning Ambition will head to Menangle next Saturday night, while Derringer willrace in heats of the Inter City Pace at Maitland on December 23.
Formosa completed a winning double when driving home the Ray Harkness-trained Eyes On Beers in the last.
Maitland reinsman Dan Morgan started the meeting with a double aboard La Patata and Dreaming Big.