I wish to acknowledge the efforts of Morisset teenager Jack Callaghan who recently became the youngest ever winner of Newcastle Harness Racing's driver's premiership.
Jack was aged just 17 when he completed his first full season of driving in the 2018-19 racing calendar.
Just 18 months ago he left Year 11 at Avondale School to work full-time at his father's Morisset stables and concentrate on his driving career.
Over the past year, the now 18-year-old scored 46 race wins in Newcastle and a further four at Maitland. The total also secured him the Hunter Valley driver's premiership. He secured a rare treble of wins at one Newcastle race meet and also won the feature race on Breeder's Challenge Day at Menangle in his biggest win of the year.
Not only has he taken on and beaten some of the best and most experienced drivers in the region, he is now sought after by many of the leading trainers.
Jack has made the most of his opportunities over the past year and is obviously destined for bigger things on the world's paceways.
I congratulate him and wish him well.
(Picture courtesy of The Lakes Mail)