Fast tempo harness racing was the theme of the day at Oamaru yesterday and because of it, three track records were broken.
The classy Greg and Nina Hope trained filly Nuala, who led all of the way to win impressively by 2 and ½ lenghts despite being attacked on multiple occasions, started the trend when setting a new track record for the two-year-old fillies.
Nuala, who is a well bred daughter of Changeover, paced the 2000 metre journey in a slick 2-27.7 (1:58.8), which equalled the 2yr-old record for either sex set by Kenny The Cowboy in 2003, but it was 1.2sec faster than Black Ice's 2011 time.
“We sold her mother (Forever Blue) to America for good money and then bought her back to breed from after she had finished racing,” said co-trainer, Greg Hope.
“Nuala is very similar to her mother and has bit of the X-factor,” he added.
Miss Pegasus then overcame a 20 metre handicap to win the main 2600 metre trot in a mares’ record time of 3-19.7, before For The Ladies shaved a full second off Chloe Hanover’s 2600 metre standing start record when blitzing her rivals in a swift time of 3-15.5.
Meanwhile, Mako Banner, who is a full-brother to the very good Mach Banner, was just outside the track record when downing classy two-year-old Field Marshal in the C1 mobile Pace.
By Mitchell Robertson