JUNIOR reinsman James McPherson is hoping to make a lasting impression for trainer Hellen Scott at the Albury Paceway on Tuesday night.
For the first time, McPherson has picked-up two drives aboard Badge Of Gameness and Grinning Punter for Scott as she seeks to take advantage of his junior claim.
The former Xavier High student gained his drivers licence mid last year and has so far driven five winners in his fledgling driving career.
McPherson is the nephew of Albury trainer Chris McPherson.
His older sister, Brooke, is also an Albury trainer.
McPherson is presently enjoying a gap year from his studies and juggles his passion for harness racing with a part-time job at Bunnings.
Badge Of Gameness is having his first start for the stable after previously being trained by Paul Kahlefeldt.
Grinning Punter resumes from a lengthy lay-off after having last raced at Penrith in June.
"I think both my drives are good chances," McPherson said.
"Badge Of Gameness has drawn the pole and will be looking for an all-the-way win.
"It will be interesting to see how he goes in his first start for the new stable.
"It doesn't look to be an overly strong race on paper so I expect he will be thereabouts.
"Grinning Punter is a nice horse and although he is first-up, it's a nice class in drop considering he was running around in M0 races in Sydney last preparation."
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