Day At The Track

Action aplenty at Nyah harness racing meet

04:14 PM 08 May 2012 NZST
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Shayne Cramp - Is hoping his stable star can make it 11 from 11 tonight

A great night's racing was held in the northern part of the state on Tuesday May 8, when the Nyah Harness Racing Club conducted another successful meeting with close finishes the order of the night.

First starter Sonny Capall, a 6-Y-0 Armbro Operative/Killarney Lass gelding trained by Colin Lyon in the Echuca area, opened proceedings by taking out the Nyah Vicbred Trophy for C0 class over 2170 metres.

Driven by Brian Gath, Sonny Capall led throughout from gate four in defeating the consistent Modern Star (one/three – three wide at bell), with Shakas Magic (one/one) third. The mile rate 2-04.1.

Ouyen trainer Murray Jardine is no stranger to Nyah, having participated there for many years and snared the Althread Engineering 3-Y-0 Pace over 2170 metres with Modern Art/Alluring Lombo colt Well Oiled Lombo in a rate of 2-03.6.

Coming off a second at Mildura a week earlier, Well Oiled Lombo with Mildura’s Andrew Vozlic in the sulky led throughout from gate five, accounting for the favourite Saint Petersburg which moved from last to park in the open for the final circuit, with Dashing Armbro (one/three – four wide home turn) third.

Twenty start maiden Not As It Seems greeted the judge in the Nyah Village Caravan Park Pace for C0 class over 1765 metres, much to the delight of Serpentine owner/trainer Donna Bourke.

Driven by Peter Sanderson, Not As It Seems a 4-Y-0 Jet Laag/Balboa Lady mare raced in the open from gate thre, before outstaying her rivals to score by a half neck over Far Away Bay (one/two – three wide last lap) and Glenn Bull’s Lake Boga gelding Zegnia (one/one) in a rate of 2-04.1.

Mildura’s Shayne Cramp usually returns from Nyah with a winner or two and landed the Burton’s Nyah Store Pace for C1 class over 1765 metres with D M Dilinger/Cruiser Cougar 4-Y-0 gelding Dilinger Dreaming.

Taking a concession for Jacob (Jake) Kerridge, Dilinger Dreaming worked forward from gate three to park outside the pole line pacemaker Five Nicker and in a tough effort, proved too strong at the finish for Mick Cirillo’s Swan Hill hope Maria Caterina along the sprint lane which trailed the leader, with the favourite Our Chelsea Girl close up in third place after racing three wide solo from the bell. The mile rate 2-00.3.

Echuca’s Wayne Lear was in the winners stall following the victory of in-form 5-Y-0 Safely Kept/Macraysheezallthat gelding Run Forest in the Coburn’s Earth Moving Pace for C2 class over 2170 metres in 2-02.5.

Caught outside the leader Demolition Dave (gate two) from outside the front row, reinsman Duncan Dornauf applied pressure to the pacemaker within a lap to cross and assume the front running role.

Always travelling nicely, Run Forest which had received a concessional claim, defied all challengers to score from a game Jordylan which raced outside him, with Demolition Dave third after having every chance on turning.

Its most unusual for Bendigo duo Glenn and Daryl Douglas not to have a winner at Nyah and they didn’t go home empty handed after taking the Nyah Grand Hotel Pace for C1 class over 1765 metres with 4-Y-0 Kiwi bred Falcon Seelster/Pam Bromac gelding Palazzo Bromac.

Beginning swiftly from gate three to lead, “Dasher” was able to dictate the terms to suit himself and when asked for an effort on turning, Palazzo Bromac quickly put a space on his rivals.

Getting weary as the winning post came into view, Palazzo Bromac lasted by 1.3 metres in 2-03.4 from the roughie Saphira which rallied over the concluding stages after racing outside him, with Joan Margaret (one/one) third.

Five year old River Khan/Madam Jasper mare Merindah Micron proved her victory at Mildura last week at giant odds ($35.30) was no fluke, by winning the Nyah Two Bays Pace for C3 & C4 class over 2170 metres at big odds again - $19.20.

Trained by Bruce Rose at Red Cliffs and driven by Luke Watson, Merindah Micron from gate three enjoyed a cosy trip three back in the moving line, with the leaders Tommys Little Sis and Vinni Gambino cutting at one another.

Easing three wide in the last lap to follow Landscapeartist ahead of her into the final bend, Merindah Magic ran home at a great rate to score from Finedropofred which ran on late from a pocket on straightening, with Vinni Gambino weakening to finish third after leading on the home turn. The mile rate 2-02.9.

Its been a long time between drinks for the Hamilton father and son combination of Jim and Rod Barker in Victoria, breaking the drought when 6-Y-0 Safe And Sound/Moonlight Beauty gelding Hale And Handsome greeted the judge in a thrilling finish to the Nyah IGA Pace for C0 class over 1765 metres.

Settling four back in the moving line, Rodney weaved a passage in-between runners in the last lap to be just off the speed on straightening.

Gaining a late split halfway up the running, Hale And Handsome sprouted wings to blouse Glenn Bull’s Peppiesastar along the sprint lane in the last bound by a half head in a tricky finish, with the pacemaker Artesian Bore 1.3 metres away in third place.

Returning a mile rate of 2-05.1, it was Hale And Handsome’s first victory since Anzac Day 2010, when successful at Mt Gambier.

*** Nyah race again on Tuesday June 5.

by Len BAKER

Sonny Capall won the richest event on the on the eight-strong card at Nyah:

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