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Working holiday ends on a surreal note for McDonough

VICTORIAN horseman Allan McDonough has ended his working holiday on a surreal note.

Allan McDonough
Allan McDonough Picture: HRV

Crossing Bass Strait earlier this month, McDonough piloted a treble in Launceston a fortnight ago followed by a treble in Hobart last week.

Returning to Launceston last night, McDonough dominated the meeting by winning seven races as a reinsman.

One of McDonough's victories was also with a pacer he trains.

By registering a septet, McDonough became just the fifth driver to win seven or more races at an Australian meeting, joining the likes of Gary Hall, Ryan Hryhorec, Jack Laugher and Mark Pitt.

Pitt holds the national record after winning nine races in Launceston in April 2022.

"I had a phenomenal book of drives, but things still have to come together on the night, which thankfully they did," McDonough said. "I've driven five winners on a card before, but to end the night with seven is pretty surreal.

"Those kinds of nights don't come along often, so I'm thrilled I was able to make the most of it when it did."

McDonough kick-started proceedings by training and driving Billys Tiger Khan to an emphatic 34-and-a-half metre win.

Leading throughout from barrier four, the son of Inter Dominion winner Tiger Tara rated 1:57.7 over 1680 metres to account for Hes First Class and Grimshaw Bay.

"That was a nice run from him," McDonough said. "I felt he was a class above the others and he showed that with how easily he won.

"He's had three starts now for two wins and a third, so he's doing a good job.

"I'll give him a few easy days now as he heads home and then look for a suitable race in Wagga as he is eligible for the bonus in New South Wales."

McDonough then joined forces with fellow Victorian trainer Clayton Tonkin to score with Waterfront, Balboa Rock, Zahra Lou, Adapt, Renewal and Showsomejoy.

"Clayton's team went just as you'd expect," McDonough said. "Overall it has been a good, worthy trip to Tassie."