Day At The Track

Victoria's Brad Chisholm claims Nic Dewar Memorial

04:31 AM 22 Mar 2019 NZDT
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Brad Chisholm receives the Nic Dewar Memorial award from Nic's parents Wendy and Steve.

Members of the Shepparton Harness Racing Club were among the large contingent of harness racing devotees who attended the Nic Dewar Memorial meeting at the Young Paceway last Wednesday night.

Victorian driver Brad Chisholm catapulted to the top of the pointscore ladder to claim this year's crown, winning the final two races with Abitmorebliss and Twentyeightblack.

Boorowa's Codi Rauchenberger and Young's Blake Micallef finished second and third respectively after leading the series following wins in the opening two races at Shepparton.

Following race five an emotional presentation was made to all drivers involved in the Nic Dewar Memorial.

This was the first of what is expected to be an annual event that will be shared by both the Young and Shepparton clubs.

The nine race program opened with the running of the Glen Mia Saddlery Pace over 2100m, the well supported Canberra gelding About The Attitude ($2.00) for Will Rixon was able to secure the leading position and was able to lead throughout in an impressive winning mile rate of 1:59.2.

Race two was the Nic Dewar Memorial race of the night won by Abitmorebliss trained by Ellen Bartley from Coleambally.

Junee postman Bruce Harpley secured a last minute start when his five year old mare Rubbies For Tash ($14) who set a new track record for the distance of 1:54.8, that win will see Bruce head for Menangle on April 13 for the very lucrative final.

Attention then turned to the second heat of the Nic Dewar Memorial and local plasterer Glen Wilmot produced a very striking black Courage Under Fire gelding in the shape of Twentyeightblack ($4) to start favourite and take out the race by a convincing margin in a mile rating of 1:58.4 for the 1720m race.

Long time supporter of the Young club, Peter Bullock had another welcome win with the evergreen pacer Smack Dab Shannon ($23) driven by Amy Rees in race five.

Nic Dewar Memorial drivers, Dewar family members and Young Harness Racing and Harness Racing NSW officials following Wednesday night's presentation.

Race six was the Club Menangle Where Horses Fly Heat over the sprint 1720 meters with Rock Bottom ($1.35) sent out a short priced favourite. Stablemate Young Cambo ($5.50) decided he was the better horse on the night by defeating Rock Bottom.

The seventh race was another highlight of the night with Freddy Funk ($2.80) trained and driven by Nathan Turnbull, making a fast forward move mid-race to skip away at the bell.

In race eight Miss Fifi and driver Ananda Turnbull were joined mid race by second favourite Bustling Barney ($4) who sat outside leader before applying the pressure at the 400m, eventually coming away to secure victory.

The club to conduct another meeting next Tuesday night, March 26.

By Stewart Maxwell

Reprinted with permission of The Young Witness

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