Day At The Track

End of an era for Nyah Harness Racing Club

01:19 PM 13 Sep 2012 NZST
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Daryl Douglas
Daryl Douglas
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An era came to an end on Thursday September 13, when the Nyah Harness Racing Club held their final race meeting prior to relocating to Swan Hill where an all weather new track has been constructed inside the racecourse.

Having raced at Nyah since December 18, 1965, a terrific crowd turned out to say farewell and as usual, racing was exciting throughout the evening.

Woorinen (Swan Hill) owner/trainer Joe Costa snared the opening event - the Goodtime Lodge Pace for C0 class over 1765 metres with 4-Y-0 Life Sign/Edna June gelding Life Of Ted.

Driven by Michael Bellman, Life Of Ted from outside the front row began with a wing on every foot to clear the field easily, before being restrained to follow the well backed Starscream.

Using the sprint lane, Life Of Ted dashed to the front in the shadows of the post to overhaul Starscream in a rate of 2-02.7, with Chickataw (five wide home turn from last) third.

The Costa stable were to land a double when 6-Y-0 Christian Cullen/Paula's Way gelding Uncle Wingnut trained by son Vince, scored in a thrilling Woodlands Stud Pace for C3 to C5 class over 1765 metres, again with Mick Bellman in the sulky.

Unable to head off the pole marker Bevstuanmarylou from outside the front row, Uncle Wingnut raced in the open throughout, before outstaying his rivals in nosing out Another President (one/one - three wide home turn), with Jordylan using the sprint lane from three back in the moving lane dead-heating with No Arkin Up (four wide home turn from last) for third. The mile rate 2-00.8.

Without doubt Harnesslink's "run of the night" was by 4-Y-0 Our Sir Vancelot/Denver Grace gelding Denverlot in the Aldebaran Park Pace for Co class over 2170 metres.

Trained at Junortoun by Bruce Morgan who actually was successful on the opening night of Nyah when based in the area, Denverlot with Daryl Douglas in the sulky galloped away hopelessly from gate five giving away almost 70 metres, with the well backed Me Cobber leading from gate four.

Gradually making ground to be four back the markers racing for the bell, Denverlot after moving around a galloping Fugitive Man in the last lap which trailed the leader, was eased to the outside on straightening, running on strongly to score by 2.8 metres in a rate of 2-06.6 over Me Cobber and a death-seating Z Hurricane.

Glenn and Daryl Douglas kept their Nyah record intact by winning the Nevele R Stud Pace for C2 class over 2170 metres with honest 7-Y-0 mare Nicola Jaccka.

Driven hard to lead from the pole, Nicola Jaccka (Live Or Die/Nelly Jaccka) was rated a treat defying all challengers on straightening to score from Ourcrowninn (one/one - three wide last lap) in a rate of 2-02.4. Shelby Cruzin ran home late from mid-field to finish third.

Mildura's Shayne Cramp usually wins a race or two at most Nyah meetings and didn't let his followers down, when most consistent 5-Y-0 Blissful Hall/Art For Arts Sake mare Coldelamadeleine greeted the judge in the Alabar Bloodstock Pace for C1 class over 1765 metres.

Restrained from gate five to possie four back in the moving line, Coldelamadeleine unleashed a brilliant finish four wide off a three wide trail on straightening to mow down the leader Well Oiled Lombo who appeared to have the race in his keeping, recording a 2-02.8 mile rate, with Panamaris (three back the markers) third.

Gillieston (Tatura) trainer Russ Thomson and Tooleen based reinsman Nigel Milne will enter the record books after winning the last ever race held at Nyah, when 5-Y-0 Yankee Paco/Fionas Flair mare Dream Of Flair scored in the Empire Stallions Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2570 metres.

Bred by Kevin and Faye Waller and raced by close friends Terry and Julie White who would have been "over the moon" with the victory, Dream Of Flair led throughout from barrier four, easily accounting for Apache Speed which galloped away before moving to be one/one at the bell, with the favourite Miss Eliza third after becoming hopelessly pocketed at the bell. The mile rate a pedestrian 2-12.3.

All roads will lead to Swan Hill on Saturday October 20, when the new track opens featuring the $30,000 Nyah Pacing Cup and the $12,000 Nyah Trotters Cup.

by Len BAKER

Harnesslink's "run of the night" was by Denverlot in the Aldebaran Park Pace for Co class over 2170 metres:

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