Day At The Track

Shayne Cramp wins 4 & is then disqualified

03:36 PM 26 Feb 2013 NZDT
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Shayne Cramp - Is hoping his stable star can make it 11 from 11 tonight

The Nyah Harness Racing Club held a terrific meeting at the Swan Hill Racing Centre on Tuesday February 26, featuring four heats of the long standing Alabar Northern Region Championship for C1 & C2 class over 2240 metres with all winners being trained by Mildura's Shayne Cramp.

Heat one was taken out by former Kiwi 4-Y-0 gelding Washington Heritage in a rate of 2-00 even.

Driven by Shayne, Washington Heritage (Washington Vc/Holmes Heritage) had little difficulty in leading from gate three, before coasting to the wire 6.6 metres in advance of Village Spirit out wide from last on the marker line, with Gotalotofspeed third after racing in the open.

The second and third heats went to 4-Y-0 Real Desire/A Little More Magic gelding Real Magic in a rate of 2-01.4 and 3-Y-0 Art Major/Caps Off gelding Major Capital in 1-59 both driven by Shayne.

Spending most of the race parked outside stablemate Dream La Vita (gate three) which led easily, Real Magic (gate two) surged clear on straightening to just last by a half head over Classy Western (one/three - three wide last lap) which dropped in for a brief breather approaching the home turn, with Well Oiled Lombo close up in third place after trailing the weakening leader prior to gaining a late split in the shadows of the post.

Major Capital from gate three scored in almost identical fashion to Real Magic after being poised one/one, with the polemarker Cinder Path leading for Malcolm O'Bree.

Easing three wide on the final bend, Major Capital raced to the front on turning with stablemate Four Sisters after following him throughout issuing a strong challenge.

Maintaining a margin all the way up the running, Major Capital had 1.4 metres to spare on the wire giving the stable the quinella, with Finedropofred third after trailing the pair.

In-form 4-Y-0 Life Sign/Warm Wishes gelding Oneonthewood taking a concession for Ouyen's Simon Jardine greeted the judge in the fourth heat after a charmed one/one trip from gate four trailing the favourite Itsnewstome with stablemate Huchi Fella leading from gate three.

Held in a tight pocket approaching the home turn, Oneonthewood gained a late split to register a 1.4 metre margin from a game Itsnewstome in 1-58.6.

Maria Caterina ran home from last off a three wide trail to be four wide on the home turn in finishing third for local trainer Michael Cirillo.

Ararat trainer/driver Michael Bellman is a regular competitor at most Nyah meetings and snared the 1st Heat of the Ray & Grace Hepworth Memorial 3-Y-0 Pace over 2240 metres with Dawn Ofa New Day/Fake Trick gelding Witzend.

Beginning brilliantly from outside the front row, Witzend coming off a last start second to Glenferrie Rustler in the Mt Gambier Derby on February 16, led throughout to score from White Sands (one/two - three wide last lap) and Carramar Chief (one/one) in a mile rate of 1-59.6.

Locally owned 4-Y-0 Village Jasper/Blue Moon Navajo gelding Leighmont was successful in Heat One of the Vicbred Country Series L for C0 class over 1609 metres much to the delight of Noel Watson and Steve Jenvey.

Now in the care of Glenn Douglas at Strathfieldsaye, Leighmont was surprisingly beaten for speed from the pole, with One Wise Man and Michael Bellman crossing him with ease from gate two.

With Douglas using the sprint lane, Leighmont raced clear over the concluding stages to defeat stablemate Acesneights (three back the markers - wide on straightening) by 3.7 metres in 1-57.6, with One Wise Man a head away in third place.

Five year old Grinfromeartoear/Posh Jaccka gelding Lord Coburn chalked up his 9th victory (4 this season) by taking out the Swan Hill Stockfeeds Pace for C3 to C5 class over 1609 metres in a mile rate of 1-57.2.

Trained at Mildura by Ian Watson and driven by son Luke, Lord Coburn from a solo second line draw enjoyed an easy time trailing the poleline leader Please Dont Talk and was always travelling comfortably.

Looking to be in trouble when the leader started to shorten stride on turning with Ima Grumpy Jasper grabbing him after racing in the open, Lord Coburn through the agency of the sprint lane gained a half head decision in a tricky finish over Ima Grumpy Jasper which would have given Shayne Cramp three wins in succession. Please Dont Talk finished 6.2 metres away in third place.

SHAYNE CRAMP DISQUALIFIED

Elation turned to devastation when Victoria's leading harness racing trainer (Mildura based) Shayne Cramp was disqualified for a six month period at the conclusion of the Nyah Harness meeting held at Swan Hill on Tuesday February 26.

The disqualification relates to an incident at a Mildura meeting a few weeks back.

Shayne had been on top of the world after providing the four legs of the TAB quaddie at the Swan Hill fixture earlier in the night.

In all probability an immediate appeal will be pending.

by Len BAKER

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