By Glenn Davis
Tolga trainer Roy Chillemi is hopeful talented youngster Higher Realm or stablemate Tennessee Boy can give him his third win in the Northern Classic at Townsville on Thursday.
Chillemi, who turns 71 this year, won the QTIS feature with Hotelier in 2006 and with Tyzone 10 years later.
Tyzone won 10 races for Chillemi in the State’s north before the gelding was transferred later in his career to Gold Coast trainer Toby Edmonds.
Tyzone won six times for Edmonds including the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap at Eagle Farm on June 6 after finishing second to Trekking in the State's premier race last year.
Chillemi selected both two-year-olds at last year’s Magic Millions sales, forking out $82,500 for Higher Realm while Tennessee Boy was a relatively cheap buy at $12,500.
“Both are good horses in their own right but I think Higher Realm will go on to be the better horse later on,” Chillemi said.
“I’ve won this race twice with Tyzone and Hotelier and hopefully we can win it for a third time.”
Chillemi has been training for more than 40 years and has shared in many feature races wins with well known North Queensland racing identity Tom Hedley, who is a major part-owner of Tyzone.