Day At The Track

Nyhan pins hopes in With Intent

04:03 AM 03 Apr 2008 NZDT
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Denis Nyhan has been driving harness horses around Addington for more than 50 years and training them for more than 40 years.

The veteran horseman's latest involvement steps up a gear as he lines up the Gr 111 New Zealand Trotters Trust NZ Trotting Oaks (1950 metres) with his consistent filly With Intent at the Christchurch track tomorrow night Friday 4 April.

Harness racing fans normally associate one of Addington's favourite sons with the champion pacers, dual New Zealand Cup winner Lordship and another New Zealand Cup winner in the free legged freak Robalan.

Nyhan drove Lordship for his parents Doris and Don (trainer) and was the trainer and driver of Robalan of whom he was also a part owner.

But Dingle Bay, Hal Good, Snow Globe, Direct lobe, Cee Ar, About Now, Asia Minor and When were good trotters who helped him along the road to success.

Asia Minor, When and About Now were prepared by his father in law the late Bill Doyle, an institution with descendants of Reflective and Passive.

With Intent, a daughter of Sundon and Perception has won two races and gained seven seconds and two thirds in 17 starts.

“Unfortunately, she is going through a growth spate at present.

“She is still working okay but you don’t know it will affect them.’’

Nyhan said the ultra consistent filly had grown almost a hand in the last month.

“She is still carrying condition well but the growing period does hang a question mark over her.’’

With Intent had worked well since making an uncharacteristic mistake when she broke at Addington last week, he said.

“She wasn't getting her timing right on the corners and eventually broke near the furlong peg…She is normally a beautifully gaited filly and I was a bit surprised to be honest.’’

“She has always shown plenty of natural ability and hopefully she can make amends tomorrow night in the Oaks.’’

With Intent was twice successful at two and was denied a national record for technical reasons when she ran 3:26 for 2600 metres mobile which was five and a half seconds under the old mark.

Don Wright

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