“This wins all for you Barry Nyhan.” – Those were the words that Canterbury commentator Mark McNamara said as Eva Sophnally crossed the line in first place at Addington on Friday.
Eva Sophnally is owned and bred by Val Nyhan, wife of the late Barry, who sadly passed away on Friday morning (June 13) aged 76.
Eva Sophnally, who was having her first start for Greg and Nina Hope, was driven by Ricky May, who wore a black arm band in memory of Nyhan.
Barry Nyhan, son of the late legendary trainer Don Nyhan and the brother of dual New Zealand Cup winning driver Denis, was the driver of many of his father’s stars during the 60’s and 70’s.
He was also the manager of Lordship’s remarkable stud career at Trents Road’s Globe Lodge.
One of Barry’s biggest driving victories came in the 1973 NZ Derby aboard a son of Lordship in Koarakau, who was trained by Don.
As well as driving and training multiple winners, including some in partnership with Don, Nyhan was also renowned as one of the best chaff makers in the country.
Eva Sophnally is out of five win mare Dancing Holmes, who is out of a mare by another stallion Nyhan stood at stud in Dancing Master.
Barry was the much-loved husband of Val and the cherished father and father-in-law of Grant and Dale, Mandy and Richard, and the late Toni.
His funeral will be held at Westpark Chapel on Wairakei Road at 10am on Thursday.
By Mitchell Robertson