Day At The Track

A local winner at Nyah harness meeting

05:03 PM 26 Jul 2012 NZST
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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.

Driven by Ararat’s Michael Bellman, Uncle Wingnut was trapped wide from gate five as the mobile pulled away, but not pushed, with Reefs Achievemenr (gate four) applying pressure to the poleline leader Blissful Babe to assume control.

Sent forward to effortlessly take over in the front straight on the first occasion, Uncle Wingnut looked set for an easy time with La Moray in the breeze and Radio Ga Ga going forward to race in the open.

Mister Manhattan which had galloped shortly after the start was set alight from mid-field to park outside Uncle Wingnut, before applying plenty of pressure from the bell.

Beating off the challenge approaching the home turn, Uncle Wingnut was then tackled by La Moray (three wide from the bell) and the pair cleared away to fight out the finish, with Uncle Wingnut maintaining a 2 metre margin to the wire in a rate of 2-00 even, with Magne (three wide last lap) third.

Ouyen father and son – Murray & Simon Jardine snared the opening race of proceedings – the Virbac Animal Health Pace for C0 class over 2170 metres with 4-Y-0 Village Jasper/Spirit Of Tara gelding Village Spirit in a rate of 2-01.5.

Starting from the extreme draw, Village Spirit settled with mmost of the field ahead of him, with the roughie Im Switched On leading from the pole.

Weaving in-between runners in the final circuit, Village Spirit followed Tough Denim three wide into the race on the home turn and finished best to score from Artesian Glory (one/one) which led on straightening, with Kiss To Live (one/two) third.

Glenn and Daryl Douglas combined to land the Harness Breeders (Vic) Pace for C1 & C2 class (mares) over 2170 metres with Nicola Jaccka a well performed ex-NSW daughter of Live Or Die and Nelly Jaccka.

Settling three back in the moving line from outside the front row, Douglas sent Nicola Jaccka forward mid-race when the pace slackened to slide past the pacemaker Coldelamadeleine, before toying with her rivals to score by 11 metres untouched over Coldemadeleine and Joan Margaret (one/one) in a rate of 2-01.8.

Euroa trainer/driver David Jack was successful with ever reliable D M Dilinger/Baltimore Raven colt Dilinger Lad in the BR & C Agents 3-Y-0 Pace over 1765 metres much to the delight of dedicated part-owners George and Julie Szwec who travel all over the countryside to watch him.

Despite sitting in the open outside the hot favourite Mr Mcardle (gate five), Dilinger Lad from outside the front row proved too strong over the concluding stages to record a 1.4 metre victory in 2-01.5 over the pacemaker, with Life Of Ted (one/three – three wide last lap) a further 11 metres away in third place.

Navarre trainer/driver Marnie Bibby has been having a good run of late and 7-Y-0 Mach Three/Phantoms Gold gelding Machomical brought up two wins in a row by taking the Integrated Packaging Pace for C6 or better class over 2170 metres.

Being badly in as he was only a C5 class pacer made no difference to Machomical who led virtually throughout from gate four, defeating Tales Of Courage (one/two last lap) before using the sprint lane on turning, with the favourite Have A Bender third after racing in the open. The mile rate 2-01.8.

Shepparton (Lemnos) duo Russell and Nathan Jack snared the Cydectin Weanerguard Pace for C1 class over 2170 metres with former NSW 3-Y-0 Attorney General/Mataranka Molly gelding Stirling William.

Having his first outing for the stable, Stirling William was restrained from outside the front row to possie mid-field in the moving line, with the Narrandera hope Our Coolkat burning across the face of the field to lead with ease.

Moving forward three wide in the final circuit, Stirling William showed a great turn of speed to lead on the home turn, before coasting to the wire 29.7 metres clear of Ubilix (three wide last lap) and Our Coolkat in a rate of 1-59.9.

Mildura trainer Terry Gange took advantage of a concession for Bendigo junior Haydon Gray to capture the Integrated Packaging Pace for C2 & C3 class over 1765 metres with speedy 5-Y-0 Blissful Hall/Georgiabrown gelding Superstar Xpress, leading throughout from the pole to just last over Laughing Holme which trailed after an unsuccessful bid for the lead from gate four, with a death-seating The Open an eye catching third after moving to face the breeze. The mile rate 2-01.8 with the margins being a half head by a head.

Elliminyt (Colac) trainer Mark Driscoll combined with Hamilton’s Caleb Lews to land the Nyah Nyah West United Football Club Pace for C0 class (mares) over 2170 metres with Fremarksuel, a 4-Y-0 daughter of Elsu and Real Exotic.

Trapped wide from outside the front row, Fremarksuel was driven forward to park outside the heavily backed Narrandera visitor State Emblem and applied plenty of pressure to the leader from the bell.

In a two horse war from the back straight, Fremarksuel prevailed by 6.2 metres in 2-02.4 over State Emblem, with Lombo La Dolcevita a further 4.2 metres away in third place after having the drop on them throughout.

*** The next Nyah meeting will be Thursday August 23.

Uncle Wingnut

Village Spirit

Dilinger Lad


Stirling William

Superstar Xpress


by Len BAKER

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