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
Mildura always presents exciting racing and Tuesday's (October 3) harness racing fixture was no different, with the action on from start to finish in most races.
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.