Train­ing tre­ble for Ny­han

The Timaru Herald - - FASHION&BEAUTY -

Sarah Palin, the trotter that keeps on giv­ing, added an­other suc­cess to the long list of thrills she has given her trainer Margo Ny­han at Waik­ouaiti on Mon­day.

The pop­u­lar nine-year-old trot­ted down a heav­ily rainaf­fected track with the gusto of a horse half her age to reg­is­ter Ny­han’s first train­ing tre­ble.

She and her part­ner, driver Peter Davis, had won with My Eyre and The Jan­dal Ma­chine ear­lier on the sec­ond day of Waik­ouaiti’s an­nual two-day meet­ing.

Sarah Palin helped Ny­han and Davis achieve the feat with just six weeks left in her rac­ing ca­reer. The mare is in foal to Bac­ardi Lindy and will soon be ruled in­el­i­gi­ble to race.

Sarah Palin al­most ruled her­self in­el­i­gi­ble to race be­fore Mon­day’s event af­ter suf­fer­ing ty­ing up prob­lems fol­low­ing her run for third at Waik­ouaiti on Satur­day.

‘‘She tied up that badly on the first day she couldn’t walk – she could barely walk to the wash,’’ Davis said.

Tie up prob­lems have plagued the pop­u­lar mare through­out her ca­reer, but had not flared up re­cently.

Davis di­rected all three of his win­ning drives down the same in­side lane of the Waik­ouaiti track.

‘‘The fence is the place to be to­day, it’s just bet­ter go­ing right around the in­side,’’ Davis said. ‘‘We thought she might have strug­gled to cross them from the nine-hole, but there were three scratch­ings, which gave her a chance.’’

Achiev­ing her first three­p­eat was a case of com­plet­ing un­fin­ished busi­ness for Ny­han and Davis. The pair were eye­ing their tre­ble at Waik­ouaiti in 2011 when they col­lected wins with Zeal­ous Lady and Fly The Flag.

But the feat al­luded them when things went aw­fully wrong for their main hope of the day, Son­nets­son as Davis was tipped from his sulky soon af­ter the start of the Waik­ouaiti Cup.

Seven years on and the Waik­ouaiti Cup was run in bizarre cir­cum­stances. The race failed to at­tract enough nom­i­na­tions to run as it his­tor­i­cally has, as a hand­i­cap pace.

In­stead a field of trot­ters ploughed their way over 3200m on the puggy Waik­ouaiti track. The race was won by vet­eran trotter Val­magne in a painfullyslow 4-44.6.

Mean­while Greg Hope was con­tent to wave off a late gal­lop by the bril­liant trotter Enghien in an Ash­bur­ton work­out yes­ter­day.

. It was al­most ex­actly 12 months ago when Enghien did ex­actly the same thing, gal­lop­ing down the Ash­bur­ton straight when look­ing to re­ally get into his work.

‘‘He’s just not as flu­ent when he comes off the back of some­thing and goes to sprint,’’ Hope said. Hope de­clared his ris­ing star ready for the Che­viot meet­ing at Ad­ding­ton on Sun­day - but not in the race he was ini­tially nom­i­nated for. Enghien was down for the fea­ture trot, a 1950-me­tre mo­bile, but in­stead will be trans­ferred into the 2600m stand.

‘‘We’ve got Every­body Knows in the other race and it looks a good one for him.’’

Margo Ny­han

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