A thrilling eight event harness racing card was held by the Nyah HRC on Wednesday March 7, with the action on from start to finish in most races.
Three reinsmen – David Moran, Daryl Douglas and Shayne Cramp shared the driving honours on the night, each recording dual victories, as did trainers Wayne Lear, Glenn Douglas and Shayne Cramp.
Avenel based David Moran snared the book ends - first and last races starting off with Run Forrest in the Swan Hill Holden Pace for C1 class over 1765 metres.
Run Forrest a 5-Y-0/Macraysheezallthat gelding was sent forward immediately after the start from gate two on the second line to park outside the hot favourite Xavier Jack which was crossed by from the pole by the Lake Boga hope Sita Khan before moving around her shortly after.
Keeping the pressure on throughout the sprint affair, Run Forrest outstayed his rivals to claim Xavier Jack in the shadows of the post, with Sita Khan using the sprint lane for third. The mile rate 2-00.3.
The long wait in-between races was worthwhile when 4-Y-0 Nicholas Branach/Ramseys Best gelding Nics Best scored in the Swan Hill Holden Pace for C0 class also over 1765 metres.
Having his fourth outing at the races, Nics Best from inside the second line possied five back in the moving line, with Nolagalile a stablemate of Sita Khan leading from gate three.
Gaining a three wide trail on the back of the favourite So It Goes in the last lap, Nics Best swept to the front halfway up the running to score from Joan Margaret (one/one) and the fast finishing Fairhurst from knowhere after being shuffled back through the field when the pacemaker fainted in the last lap. The mile rate 2-02.9.
The Douglas brothers double came about with two five year old geldings - Talk To The Hand in the Swan Hill Holden Used Cars Pace for C2 & C3 class over 2170 metres and Sunrose Don in the Swan Hill Holden Pace for C5 or better class over 2170 metres.
A son ofand Mamore Ginger, Talk To The Hand (gate two on the second line) ran home strongly out wide off a three wide double trail from mid-field in the moving line to swamp his rivals in defeating Dakota Rebel (three wide at bell) and Our Flying Jazz which raced in the open from the bell in a rate of 2-01.1.
Nyah owner/breeder Robert Dacey’s Sunrose Don (Peace Of Art/Kelise Lou), led throughout from gate two in accounting for Triple Vance which flew home off a three wide trail last lap and a death-seating Master Waratah in a rate of 2-00.9.
Mildura’s Shayne Cramp fresh from being in Perth last Friday to witness Im Themightyquinn’s Inter Dominion Grand Final, landed both Semi-Finals of the time honoured Alabar Bloodstock Northern Region Championship for C1 & C2 class over 2170 metres with Maastricht and Jamies Boy.
Maastricht a 4-Y-0 daughter of Blissful Hall and Forest Glory has been a revelation since coming to Sunraysia and first up since August, scored brilliantly in a rate of 2-02.1.
Settling three back in the moving line from gate two on the second line with the hot favourite Mad House leading from gate two, Maastricht raced three wide for the final circuit, before exploding to the front on straightening to score from Flip The Coin which raced in the open, giving Cramp the quinella, with Mad House weakening to finish third.
Four year old Washington Vc/Jamies Lass gelding Jamies Boy was ultra impressive in bringing up his 7th victory in 16 outings.
Doing a power of work from outside the front row to obtain the position outside the leader Red Riverbed, Jamies Boy gained cover at the expense of his stablemate Shiro at the bell which then kept the leader honest.
Surging to the front on the home turn, Shiro was tackled by Jamies Boy who raced clear shortly after to score by 6.1 metres in 1-59.7 from La Moray out wide from mid-field, with Shiro a metre back in third place.
Rochester trainer Mark Thompson combined with Shepparton’s Nathan Jack to capture the Ray & Grace Hepworth Memorial 3-Y-0 Pace (2nd Heat) over 2170 metres with Mcardle/All But filly Woke Up Tired in a rate of 2-03.9.
Sent forward three wide solo from mid-field in the last lap, Woke Up Tired prevailed in a three way finish to score narrowly over Life Of Ted along the sprint lane which trailed the leader and third placegetter Saint Jack.
Even though both the Northern Region Championships and Hepworth Memorial were listed as Semi’s and Heats, there were never any previous heats held as they were scheduled for the abandoned Mildura meeting the week before.
Gol Gol (Mildura) trainer/driver Noel (Lucky) Cameron was successful with 8-Y-0/Gee Cam mare Victoria Bound in the Swan Hill Holden Parts & Service Pace for C1 class over 1765 metres, leading virtually throughout from gate five in defeating Eastwood Galahad which trailed and Dallas Valentino (four wide home turn) in a rate of 2-00.2.
It was Victoria Bound’s first victory since April 2008 when successful at Shepparton.
**** The next Nyah meeting will be Wednesday April 4.
Talk To The Hand
Woke Up Tired
By Len BAKER