Day At The Track

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04:00 AM 03 Jul 2016 NZST
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Nek Time
Dan Costello

Harness Racing Co-trainer Terry Chmiel is toying with the idea of extending Nek Time's Brisbane campaign after she won the Gold Coast Oaks in Brisbane on Saturday night.

Another big run by Nek Time in next Saturday's Queensland Oaks could persuade Chmiel and training partner wife Glenys to consider starting her in the Queensland Derby a week later. 

Wins in all three races would earn her a Picket Fence Bonus of A$30,000 (NZ$31,360).

A grade race on the same programme as the Derby is also an option for Nek Time. 

Reinsman Dexter Dunn drove Nek Time in front in Saturday's Gold Coast Oaks (2138m mobile), with the filly fighting off two challengers for the early lead. Nek Time held on comfortably by two lengths in a mile rate of 1:56.6.

She sped over the closing 800m in 57 and 400m in 28.9.

"She had a good blow afterwards and should improve for next week," Terry Chmiel said from Brisbane.

The daughter of Gotta Go Cullect doesn't need to lead and can work a bit in races.


Southland owners Robert and Sharyn Symon were at Albion Park for the win.

"It was a pretty big thrill . . . the club really turned it on for us," Robert Symon said.

Glenys Chmiel, who is looking after the team at Leeston, will join her husband and the Symons in Brisbane on Thursday.

Nek Time's win on Saturday also marked the first time the Chmiels had raced a horse in Australia. Terry has not driven there, unlike Glenys who finished third in the Australasian Junior Drivers' Championship in South Australia in the 1990s.

Dexter Dunn's other two drives on Saturday night were Rubys Bad Boy (fifth) and Candyliscious (fifth).

Meanwhile, Our Waikiki Beach has drawn No 1 for a C5 and faster mobile mile at Menangle, Sydney, on Tuesday.

The unbeaten three-year-old, trained by Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen, will be shooting for his 20th win. Luke McCarthy is booked to drive.

The race will be televised on Trackside at 7.17pm (NZ time).

Among his rivals is ex-Kiwi Four Starzzz Flash, who has not won since his success in the Group III Maurice Holmes Vase at Addington in September, 2013.

Mat Kermeen

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