Young Nic’s learn­ing his lessons well

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - Racing - PAUL MICALLEF

JU­NIOR reins­man Nic De­war from Young is putting his ed­u­ca­tion ca­reer on hold to pur­sue a life­long pas­sion - to be­come a full time trainer-driver.

The 18 year-old’s de­ci­sion is just two weeks af­ter com­plet­ing his HSC at Hen­nessy Catholic Col­lege on the path to a de­gree in the En­gi­neer­ing or Vet­eri­nary fields.

“I’ll try my hand at it for a cou­ple of years and see what hap­pens. I’m full-time at the mo­ment and lov­ing it,” said Nic, who has al­ready driven 20 win­ners in his brief ca­reer.

Nic has joined forces with the grand­fa­ther Peter Schiller who has eight horses in work on a five acre prop­erty just 500m from the Young show­ground.

“Pop (Peter) has been my men­tor. I was tied to his hip from the age of five,” said De­war who on his school hol­i­days also spent some time with for­mer lead­ing trainer and now hand­i­cap­per, Shaun Snud­den.

Nic and Peter have a great op­por­tu­nity to of­fi­cially kick­start their part­ner­ship with a win­ning dou­ble at Dubbo tonight on fiveyear-old mares Regal Ashes and Ruby’s Shadow.

Both are well gaded in sep­a­rates heat soft he Win­damll se­ries for C 1- C 2 pac­ers with the $8000 fi­nal at Dubbo on De­cem­ber 3.

“They’re both gen­uine chances and with the right run they should both win,” Nic said.

Regal Ashes is aC 4 class mare and looks head and shoul­ders above the op­po­si­tion in the first heat.

“She only needs an ounce of luck from her awk­ward draw (7) to beat these,” Nic said,

Nic will be mak­ing his own luck with re­cent sta­ble aqui­si­tion Ruby’s Shadow in the third heat.

“She is work­ing good enough to win. The only dan­ger is Amanda Turn­bull’s horse (Tai­hape Sun­set) and I think we’ll beat it,” he said.

“I only bought her a week ago for $10,000 from the in­ter­net and is raced by fam­ily mem­bers.

Nic did have some inside knowl­edge on her abil­ity hav­ing driven her to vic­tory in a cou­ple of races in Vic­to­ria.

Peter, who cel­e­brates his 77th birth­day on Satur­day, is build­ing up a for­mi­da­ble team to en­sure his grand­son gets ev­ery op­por­tu­nity.

Tal­ented pacer Ar­rived In Time is back in work along with last sea­son’s 2yo win­ner Love That Feel­ing. But it is the an­tic­i­pa­tion of his three two-yearold fil­lies that gives him a lot of con­fi­dence.

“The Pet Rock and Bet tor than ched­dar young­sters will be early types while the Grin­fromeartoear with be a late 2yo,” Peter said..

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