The “Trots” returned to the Swan Hill Racing Centre on Thursday September 12, when the Nyah HRC stages a compact seven event harness racing card.
The theme for the night was excitement after a thrilling dead-heat was signalled in the opening event on the program – thePace for C0 class over 1609 metres between Stonethachristian and Nuggetpan.
Stonethachristian’s performance was gigantic, as he race three wide for almost the entire journey from gate six before joining the pacemaker and favourite Bazzas Art approaching the home turn.
Surging clear in the straight with Nuggetpan in hot pursuit after following him throughout, the pair hit the wire in unison with the judge unable to declare an outright winner.
A 5-Y-0 gelded son ofand Life Of Perfection trained by in Rochester and driven by , Stonethachristian recorded his 5th victory in 46 outings, while Nuggetpan a lightly raced 6-Y-0 gelding by from Fly Home trained at Pyramid Hill by with in the sulky was making only his third appearance at the races.
The Reverend Black (three back the markers) finished third after being wide on the final bend. The mile rate being a brilliant 1-55.9.
The Morley Park Stud Pace for C1 class was taken out by Merbein South owner/trainer Jason McGinty’s Kiwi bred 8-Y-0/Andos Prospect gelding Gone Cruzin in a rate of 2-00.4.
Driven by, Gone Cruzin starting inside the second row enjoyed a cosy passage trailing the poleline leader Macray Divale, before using the sprint lane to score from Woodlea Cosmos (one/three – three wide last lap), with Los Bravos (three back the markers) third after also using the sprint lane. It was an all Mildura trifecta.
It was another tight finish in the Global Stallions Pace for C0 class (mares), with Stanhope trainer/driver Gary Pekin’s 4-Y-0 daughter ofand Illawong Fabulous Illawong Fantasia greeting the judge.
Despite spending all of the race parked outside the leader and favourite Carbon Cate (gate three) drawn inside her, Illawong Fantasia raced by wife Jane prevailed by a nose in a tricky finish over the fast finishing My Lishi (six wide home turn) from last in a mile rate of 1-59.8. Haryda Hanover finished third from three back in the moving line.
Strathfieldsaye brothers Glenn and Daryl Douglas who usually win a race or two at most Nyah meetings, landed the Alabar Bloodstock Pace for C4 to C6 class over 2240 metres with 6-Y-0 Live Or Die/Kutas Lass gelding Itsnewstome in a rate of 2-00.2.
Restrained from outside the front line at the start to settle at the tail of the field with the stablemate and favourite Run Forrest leading from gate three, Daryl sent Itsnewstome forward approaching the home straight on the first occasion to surprisingly be handed the front running on a platter.
After an easy time, Itsnewstome kicked away on the home turn with Run Forrest using the sprint line to issue a half hearted challenge, so much so that Shelby Cruzin (three back the markers) was able to also use the sprint lane to dead-heat for second, with Itsnewstome scoring by 1.8 metres.
On returning to the all clear, an interesting protest was lodged by both placegetters against each other which was subsequently dismissed.
was again a winner when honest 6-Y-0 /Blueberry Kris gelding Patos Wallet snared the Woodlands Stud Pace for C1 class over 2240 metres.
Taking a concession for Bolinda based, Patos Wallet starting from the extreme draw possied three back in the moving line, with Luke Watson’s East West Star leading from gate three.
Easing three wide solo in the final circuit, Patos Wallet surged clear on the home turn, winning by 1.4 metres in advance of Wrinkle Knutt (one/three), with Lerrad Maharg (three back the markers – four wide home turn) running home late for third. The mile rate 1-58.4.
It was Patos Wallet’s 5th victory in 47 outings.
On what was a great night for the Mildura McGinty’s, former Kiwi gelding Cyclone Mach was successful in the Warwick Stud Pace for C1 class over 1609 metres in a rate of 1-57.1.
Trained by Brian (Jason’s father), Cyclone Mach driven by Michael Bellman was taken back from outside the front row to settle at the rear.
Sent forward three wide uncovered in the last lap, Cyclone Mach ran to the wire in impressive fashion to score by 4.2 metres from the heavily supported leader Who Broke Our Halo (gate five), with Primo Tapia (gate six) a game third after racing in the open.
The Goodtime Lodge Pace for C2 & C3 class over 1609 metres concluded the meeting and the long odds-on favourite Spokewoman was an easy winner in 1-58.
Prepared at Mildura by last season’s state leading trainer, Spokewoman (gate two) driven by Nathan Jack crossed the pacemaker Lycoming Racer inside her at the bell, before coasting to the wire 6.9 metres in advance of Joe Costa’s Life Of Ted (one/two) and Elle Jasper along the sprint lane from three back the markers.
*** The next Nyah meeting will be Cup Night on Saturday October 19.