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Long Forest husband and wife Andy and Kath Gath made the trip to Swan Hill a worthwhile one on Tuesday to contest the Nyah Harness Racing Club’s September meeting after landing a stable double with a pair of four year old geldings – Mister Whittaker (Somebeachsomewhere/Twice As Hot) taking the He’s Watching @ Alabar Stud Pace for C1 class over 1750 metres and Valens (Shadow Play/Seymour Lady) the Lucky Chucky @ Stallions Australasia Pace for C2 class over 2240 metres. Mister Whittaker was ultra impressive in his event after racing in the open from gate six, with a running Earl Of Huntington (gate three) crossing One Knight Stand (gate two)  shortly after the start. Cruising to the front on the home turn, Mister Whittaker careered away in the straight to record an unextended 25.6 metre margin in advance of One Knight Stand and Graceful Art (one/one) in a mile rate of 1-54.9. Valens bred and raced by Alabar Bloodstock starting outside the front line, brought up three wins in succession after moving forward to race in the breeze from the bell, defeating Oasis Dream (gate five) from mid-field by 2.8 metres, with Tennaya (gate four) 1.5 metres away in third place after leading for the last half of the journey. The mile rate was 1-58.2. Bunbartha trainer/driver John Newberry a regular at most Swan Hill meetings, snared the Angus Hall @ Mountain View Stud Trotters Handicap for T0 or better class over 2240 metres with 8Y0 Earl/Shine On Alisha gelding Just Call Me Earl, but not before giving his supporters a scare. Galloping away from 30 metres, Just Call Me Earl settled at the tail of the field with Majestic Flash beginning swiftly from 10 metres to lead. Assisted by both Mike Titan and Jacob Alm breaking during the run, Just Call Me Earl had improved to be three back in the moving line at the bell. Easing three wide approaching the final bend, Just Call Me Earl ran home best to gain the day by a head over Declaring along the sprint lane after following the pacemaker which held down third a neck away. Raced by the Newberry family, Just Call Me Earl recorded his 13th victory in 119 outings, returning a mile rate of 2-05.9. Quality 4Y0 Bettors Delight/Linda Grace mare Linda Lovegrace made a one act affair of the Sweet Lou @ Woodlands Stud Pace for C0 class over 2240 metres much to the delight of Ken Breckon’s The Good Sports Syndicate. Formerly with Mark Purdon, Linda Lovegrace now with Kerryn Manning at Great Western, was untroubled to lead throughout from gate two with husband Grant Campbell in the sulky, accounting for Drayton (one/one – outside winner home turn) by 16.5 metres in 2-03.1, with Clontarf Guy (three back the markers) a further 17 metres away in third place. The Manning/Campbell combination were to bring up a double when impressive former Kiwi 4Y0 Bettors Delight/Princess Alberta gelding Duke Of Albany streeted his rivals in the Four Starzzz Shark @ Empire Stallions Pace for C3 to C5 class over 1750 metres and by doing so, chalked up six wins in succession, the last five on Australian soil. Surprisingly crossed from gate two by Life Of Ted (gate four), Campbell immediately eased away from the markers to assume control, before racing clear on turning to register a 2.1 metre victory over Precious Cullen which faced the breeze from the bell. Life Of Ted battled on gamely for third after using the sprint lane and will no doubt benefit from the outing. The mile rate was 1-56.7. Local Woorinen trainer Joe Costa sent punters home on a happy note when the “star of the stable” Uncle Wingnut returned to his best form to land the Hurricane Kingcole @ Egmont Park Stud Pace for C6 or better class over 2240 metres in a rate of 1-57.8. With regular reinsman Michael Bellman aboard, Uncle Wingnut was taken off the gate from outside the front line to settle four back along the markers, with only Diamond Ace (gate four) behind him after being trapped wide and another of the Manning team Jaccka Art leading from gate three. Making a mid-race move to join the pacemaker at the bell, the pair were head and head for the final circuit, with Uncle Wingnut taking the lead on the home turn. Drawing clear on straightening, Uncle Wingnut prevailed by 1.1 metres over Diamond Ace which followed him home from the bell, with Daylight Dan (three back the markers) 11 metres away in third place. An eight year old gelded son of Courage Under Fire and Paulas Way raced by the Costa family, Uncle Wingnut has faced the starter on 77 occasions, resulting in 17 victories. *** The next Nyah meeting will be Cup Night – Saturday October 17.   Len Baker

Victoria’s leading trainer – Mildura’s Shayne Cramp took the honours at the Nyah HRC fixture held at the Swan Hill Racing Centre on Wednesday July 17, winning three of the eight races on the program, all with Shayne in the sulky. Kenneth J/Tears To Maple gelding Blacker Than Black opened his winning account when having start number four, by taking the Integrated Packaging 2-Y-0 Pace over 2240 metres. Spending the last half of the race three back along the markers after the heavily supported Just Knew was sent forward from four back in the moving line to cross the leader Glitzy Girl at the bell, Blacker Than Black was extricated to be four wide on the final bend, finishing strongly to score from Just Knew in a rate of 2-00.5, with Givemeaspell running on late for third. Former South Australian Art Major/Fatalistic filly Spokeswoman was a tough victor of the BR & C Agents Pace for C0 class over 2240 metres. Taken back at the start from inside the second line, Spokeswoman settled four back in the moving line, with the Kerang trained Op Hands Down leading from gate two. Sent forward when the speed slackened to park in the open, Spokeswoman strode clear prior to the home turn and opened up a big margin on her rivals. Although Rogers Passion ran on strongly from a mile back, Spokeswoman had too big a margin to cut down, ambling to the wire 6 metres in advance of her in a rate of 1-57.9, with Stonethachristian (one/one) third. Ex New Zealander Ona Happy Note subject to a stewards inquiry following his first up Australian outing at Mildura a week earlier, was a big winner of the Cydectin Weanerguard 3-Y-0 Pace over 1609 metres. Starting from the extreme draw, Ona Happy Note settled with most of the field ahead of him, before trailing Bretaca three wide in the final circuit with the pole marker Beachstar leading for Woorinen trainer Vince Costa. Although at least five wide on the home turn, Ona Happy Note produced a barnstorming finish down the outside fence to defeat Fakeitgood (one/one) and a death-seating Fineandsunny in a mile rate of 1-58.1. Beachstar galloped under pressure halfway up the running when still in front. Sebastian trainer Ray Sutton combined with son Leigh to land the Virbac Equimac Triple Pace for C1 class over 1609 metres with 6-Y-0 Our Sir Vancelot/Lazer Countess entire Innocent Vance. Starting from outside the second line, Innocent Vance possied three back in the moving line following Boom Boom Hall three wide ahead of him running into the final bend. Taken wide on turning, Innocent Vance ($46.10), finished all over the top of his rivals to blouse Boom Boom Hall by a nose, with the hot favourite Mumma Mia Lombo third after leading and copping plenty of pressure throughout. The mile rate 1-58.3. The biggest blowout of the night came in the Don 440 Pace for C2 class over 1609 metres, with the Terry Gange (Mildura) trained 6-Y-0 Courage Under Fire/Eastwood Ladyship gelding Eastwood Ember greeting the judge at Supertab odds of $49.60. Restrained from gate five by Echuca concessional reinsman Thomas Gilligan  to settle last on the marker line, Eastwood Ember looked to be in a hopeless position entering the straight as he was still at the tail of the field. Weaving a passage through traffic halfway up the running, Eastwood Ember sprouted wings to record a runaway 1.7 metre victory over Patos Wallet off a three wide trail last lap, with The Numbers Man third after leading. The mile rate 1-59. Team Douglas Glenn & Daryl rarely come home from Swan Hill without a winner and recent stable addition Narkoola was ultra impressive in taking the BR & C Agents Pace for C1 class over 2240 metres in a rate of 1-59.3. Spending most of the race at the rear after starting from the extreme draw with the almost unbackable favourite Aldebaran Macha leading from gate five for Shayne Cramp, Narkoola gained a three wide trail into the race following Jilliby Tarzan in the final circuit. Making the home turn wide, Narkoola a 4-Y-0 daughter of It Is I and Chunky Tanner, ran home stylishly to defeat Blissful Art which trailed the winner home, with Lerrad Maharg (one/two) third. Aldebaran Macha weakened badly after holding a handy margin on turning. Rochester trainer Mark Thompson loves competing at Nyah meetings and ever reliable 4-Y-0 Real Desire/Zora Paree gelding Drunken Desire brought up a hat-trick of wins by taking the Ivomec Pouron Pace for C2 to C5 class over 2240 metres. With stable reins person Ellen Tormey in the sulky, Drunken Desire from the extreme draw settled at the tail of the field, before following both Little Red Cloud and Talk To The Hand home three wide in the last lap. Finishing hard down the centre of the track, Drunken Desire prevailed by 1.1 metres over Little Red Cloud and Talk To The Hand in a close finish, returning a mile rate of 2-00.1. If there was such a thing as the “Drive Of The Night” award, it would have had to go to young Bendigonian Haydon Gray for his outstanding exhibition aboard the Trevor Monk (Junortoun) trained Red Riverbed in the Integrated Packaging Eze See Pace for C1 class over 1609 metres. Taking a concession, Red Riverbed from gate two on the second line was eased to settle three back along the markers, then four back when Who Broke Our Halo crossed the leader Van Celot Robyn at the bell. Easing away from the inside in the last lap to be one/one approaching the home turn, Red Riverbed three wide on the final bend finished at a great rate to score by a neck in a rate of 1-58 over Who Broke Our Halo, with Pirates Plunder running on late from last to finish third. Nyah race again at Swan Hill on Thursday September 12. Len Baker  

The Nyah Harness Racing Club held a terrific meeting at the Swan Hill Racing Centre on Thursday June 27, with winners coming from far and wide.

The Strathfieldsaye combination of brothers Glenn and Daryl Douglas took the honours at the Nyah harness meeting held at the Swan Hill Racing Centre on Thursday June 13, Glenn providing three winners on the nine event card and Daryl also chalking up a trio of victories including one for the stable.

The Nyah Harness Racing Club hosted the May 1 Wednesday night meeting at the Swan Hill Racing Centre which featured a thrilling fast class event - the Nevele R Stud Pace for C5 or better class over 2240 metres which saw the Bruce Rose trained Port Pirie Cup winner Have A Bender (Luke Watson) do battle with the Shayne Cramp trained Ouyen Cup winner Jamies Boy (John Caldow), with Jamies Boy the victor.

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.

A neat compact meeting was held by the Nyah Harness Racing Club at their new Swan Hill venue on Thursday January 17, with fast times the order of the night.

Speewa trainer Matthew Kearns a former HRV steward, was successful in taking out the Laser Electrical Lighting Showroom Vicbred Pace for C1 class over 2240 metres at the Nyah harness racing fixture conducted at Swan Hill on Tuesday November 20 with 6-Y-0 Grinfromeartoear/Starorama gelding Tapper Torney.

The traditional Melbourne Cup Nyah HRC night meeting was held at Swan Hill on Tuesday November 6, with local harness racing trainers Greg Butcher and Noel Watson both preparing winners.

Harness Racing Victoria, the Coalition State Government and the Nyah Harness Racing Club are today celebrating the incredible success of Saturday night's (October 20) first ever meeting at the brand new Swan Hill track.

A new era began for harness racing in the northern part of the state, with the grand opening of the all new harness racing track situated inside the Swan Hill Racecourse on Saturday October 20, 2012.

A new era for the progressive Nyah Harness Racing Club will commence on Saturday October 20, when the club stage their inaugural meeting at the newly constructed 1000 metre circuit situated inside the Swan Hill Racecourse.

An era came to an end on Thursday September 13, when the Nyah Harness Racing Club held their final race meeting prior to relocating to Swan Hill where an all weather new track has been constructed inside the racecourse.

With only one meeting to go (September 13) before they shift to the all new Swan Hill circuit situated inside the race course, the Nyah Harness Racing Club held a well balanced program on Thursday August 23 - the highlight being the $5,000 Pace over 2170 metres taken out by the ever reliable 4-Y-0 Grinfromeartoear/Torridon gelding Saint Flash bred and raced by Nyah Committeeman Noel Watson, a former Club President.

Woorinen harness racing trainer Vince Costa's impressive ex-Kiwi 4-Y-0 Christian Cullen/Paula's Way gelding Uncle Wingnut chalked up his 7th victory from 20 outings, when successful in the BR & C Agents Pace for C4 & C5 class over 2170 metres at Thursday's Nyah harness fixture.

Punters betting on the Nyah harness racing fixture on Tuesday June 5, had to contend with a mixed night so far as well supported runners were concerned, with only three favourites winning on the eight event card.

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