Young Nic’s learning his lessons well
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..