Day At The Track

Thursday's provincial Victoria with Len Baker

07:41 PM 28 Jul 2011 NZST
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The Nyah harness racing club held an interesting eight event card on Thursday July 28, with the honours for the night going to Echuca trainer Faye McEwan and Bendigo based reinsman Leigh Sutton who combined to land a stable treble.

The first of the McEwan/Sutton multiples came up with first starter Wemen Lola in the Virbac 2-Y-0 Pace over 1765 metres.

Given the run of the race from the pole trailing the local hope Life Of Ted (gate six), Wemen Lola was eased away from the inside on the final bend and finished best to score by a half neck from Saint Jack (three back the markers) and Life Of Ted in a mile rate of 2-03.4.

Stablemate Pieces Of A Dream a most consistent 5-Y-0 gelded son of E Dees Cam and Adio Annie was given an identical trip from the pole following another local runner in The Endoftheline (gate two), before using the sprint lane to gain the day over the leader and Master Malcolm (one/three) in a rate of 2-03.9.

The middle pin was 4-Y-0 Live Or Die/Libra Jaccka gelding The Pirates Parrot in the Silafarm - Grain Bags Pace for C1 class over 1765 metres.

Settling at the tail of the field from the extreme draw, The Pirates Parrot gained a lovely three wide trail home from the bell following the heavily supported Missus Brown from four back in the running line.

Asked for an effort on turning, The Pirates Parrot responded immediately, running home strongly to score from the Nyah trained Cootas Tooth (one/two) and Missus Brown in a mile rate of 2-02.4.

Merbein trainer Terry Gange has a handy type in 4-Y-0 Courage Under Fire/Eastwood Ladyship gelding Eastwood Ember who scored a huge victory in the Silafarm - Crop Packaging Solutions Pace for C0 class over 1765 metres in a rate of 2-00.3.

Trapped four wide from outside the front row running into the first turn, reinsman Nigel Milne continued to move forward to park outside the pacemaker Mach In Town (gate two).

Despite the tough passage, Eastwood Ember careered away approaching the final bend to score by a 17 metre margin in advance of Fairhurst (one/four) and Dancewithagrin (one/two) in a slick 2-00.3.

Mildura trainer Ian Watson made it a double for Merbein, when Bettors Delight/Its Showtime filly Our Chelsea Girl saluted the judge in the BR & C Agents 3-Y-0 Pace over 2170 metres.

Driven by son Luke, Our Chelsea Girl possied three back in the moving line from gate four, moving forward three wide in the last lap.

Sustaining the run on straightening, Our Chelsea Girl proved too strong at the finish for Miss Feelgood (three back the markers) and a death-seating Shakchloe to chalk up her first success in 20 outings, recording a mile rate of 2-02.8.

Moama trainer/driver Shane Gilligan landed the Virbac Pace for C1 class over 1765 metres with 4-Y-0 Stature/Cindy Neptune entire Goulburn Guy, paying Supertab odds of $15.10.

Settling four back the markers from the extreme draw, Goulburn Guy was always racing on the bit before moving to be three wide with a trail running into the final bend.

Extricated into the clear on straightening, Goulburn Guy surged at Jim Butcher's locally trained Girls Town which had raced to the front on turning in the shadows of the post to score by 2.3 metres in a rate of 2-03.2, with Allamerican Idol a stablemate of the winner coming from three back the markers for third.

Huntly trainer Anthony Crossland has enjoyed his best season ever and added another winner to the tally, when 6-Y-0 Kiwi bred Mach Three/Atomic Knight gelding Chief Inanga snared the Silafarm - Big Square Twine Pace for C4 & C5 class over 2170 metres.

Taking a concession for Bendigo's Ashley Manton, Chief Inanga from the extreme draw possied three back in the moving line trailing another Bendigo competitor in George Samuel.

When Scott Dyer commenced a three wide forward move with George Samuel racing for the bell, Chief Inanga followed, having the last shot at him on turning.

Looking the winner halfway up the running, George Samuel was swamped in the shadows of the post by Chief Inanga who scored by a neck in 2-02.5, with Rare Surprise third after trailing the weakening leader Our Flyin Jazz.

It was Chief Inanga's 9th victory, with his previous being at Nyan in April.

Mildura's Shayne Cramp sent punters home in a happy frame of mind, when Bettors Delight/Achy Breaky Heart gelding Flip The Coin toyed with his rivals in the Virbac 3-Y-0 Pace over 2170 metres.

Eased from gate six at the start to settle mid-field, Flip The Coin made a fast move three wide mid race to lead and was never headed, coasting to the wire in a rate of 2-03.7 to account for Del Boca Vista (one/one - three wide last lap) and Soho Icarus (three back the markers) and in doing so, chalked up his 3rd victory in 16 outings.

*** The next Nyah meeting will be Thursday August 11.

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