Day At The Track

Alanah Pitt scores her first win at Wagga

06:59 AM 19 May 2018 NZST
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Alanah Pitt celebrates after scoring her first with Lancelot Hall at Wagga on Friday.
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The trip back to Hay was made a lot easier after harness racing driver Alanah Pitt scored her first win at Wagga on Friday.

Pitt has been driving since January and brought up her first win with Lancelot Hall.

It was her only drive on the eight-race card and the 21-year-old was pleased to get the monkey off her back.

“It was really good,” Pitt said.

“Especially now that I own him it was real good.”

Lancelot Hall had to overcome a horror draw but Pitt swooped around the outside to take out the Palm & Pawn Motor Inn & Tavern Pace (1755m) by 2.1 metres.

The pair went within a nose of break through at Junee last month, but they were able to run down leader Presidential Ball this time around.

Pitt is no stranger to harness racing after following parents Darryl and Rose into the sport.

However she was a relatively late bloomer to driving.

A lack of confidence held her back, before receiving plenty of encouragement from Shane Hillier to give it ago.

Hillier trains Lancelot Hall and Pitt gave him plenty of credit for her breakthrough.

“I didn’t have enough confidence in my really,” she said.

“I have Shane to thank for that and it is all on him.

“If it wasn’t for him I don’t think I would be here now to be honest with you.”

Pitt grew up in Leeton but moved to Hay last year.

It means plenty more kilometres to get to the races but Pitt didn’t mind after getting the win.

The win was also a breakthrough for Lancelot Hall who scored just his second win at start 65.

By Courtney Rees

Reprinted with permission of The Daily Advertiser

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