Day At The Track

Nek Time right in the zone at the moment

06:56 PM 29 Feb 2016 NZDT
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Terry Chmiel giving the run down to the Symons on returning to the birdcage on Saturday
Terry Chmiel giving the run down to the Symons on returning to the birdcage on Saturday
Bruce Stewart
Nek Time

Local harness racing owners Robert and Sharyn Symon are enjoying watching their Gotta Go Cullect filly Nek Time perform not only on the big stage at Addington but also on their home turf in Southland.
Trained by Terry and Glenys Chmiel at Leeston, the three year old has been at the top of her game.

From nine starts this season she's won three races and has run second and third twice.
In today's Hydroflow Fillies and Mares Mobile Pace Nek Time drew wide at barrier eight but Chmiel pushed the go button and after 500 metres she was in front.

From that point she pricked her ears and enjoyed the front running role.
"I sort of had to go forward because I thought Dexter Dunn (driving Talkerup) would be hard to beat."

"He had the second line so I wanted to get in front of him."

"She jogged it today. It was pretty windy down the back but she did it pretty easy," said Terry Chmiel.   
She's been one of the big improvers in the three year old pacing fillies ranks in the south and that hasn't gone unnoticed by her co-trainer. 
"Since we won the other night she's come on leaps and bounds."

"She's just getting better and better."

"In the last month or so she's also grown a hand."
Nek Time is out of the one win Jenna's Beach Boy mare Braithwaite and was bought as an unraced two year old off Stephen Boyd.

Her pedigree goes back on the dam side to open class mare Classiebawn.
"The first time I trialled her I knew she was a nice horse" Terry said.
The Symons were on-course today to celebrate the win.  
"They don't spend a lot of money."

We've been through the good times and the bad."

"They do put their hand up and have been very loyal owners," said Terry.
The longterm goal for Nek Time is the Nevele R/Macca Lodge Southland Oaks Final on Diamonds Day at Ascot Park on Sunday 17th April.
"She's coming back in a fortnights time (Northern Southland meeting) and if she doesn't run in the money she'll have to run the following week and stay on for the Southland Oaks."

So how does Chmiel rate this filly? 

"She's the best filly I've trained."

There's a couple of nice fillies out there but who's to say we haven't got better too," Terry said.
But Chmiel admits that Nex Time is very much a ladies horse. 

"She's a bit of an old madam."

"She's got speed but she's tough too."

"In the paddock if she doesn't like you she won't go near you and she'll chase you out of the paddock."

"Glenys does most of the work with her at home."

" All the credit goes to Glenys really."

"Glenys just spoils her and she loves it,"  Terry said.

Bruce Stewart - Southland Harness Racing - Check site here

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