Saturday, 31st March, 2012
By John Casey
The BH Harness Racing fraternity put their best foot forward for the nationally televised 2012 season ending meeting at Memorial Oval Paceway last night.
With Sky Channel broadcasting BH pacing across Australia for the first time in several years, the six-event program drew bumper fields from three states chasing $30,000 in prizemoney in front of an appreciative crowd.
The BH contingent dominated their home turf with the feature event, the $10,000 Coughlan Drilling Carnival of Cups, taken out by the Anthony Adams trained and driven Thywillbedone, who produced a dominant display.
“This is a big thrill for me, I’m very, very happy,” an ecstatic Anthony Adams said returning to scale.
“We’ll be drunk - probably twice - celebrating this win.
“This horse is going places - it’s one of the best I’ve ever had and we’ll be targeting a race in Mildura next up,” Adams added.
Thywillbedone claimed the $10,000 Cup in easy fashion, defeating the Mildura-based Xavier Jack by more than 12 metres, with the luckless BH-trained Passing Shadows a further 22.2m away in third.
Adams brought up a wining double when he piloted Little Trickster to victory in the final event, sending favourite punters home with smiles on their faces.
The BH Horse and Trainer of the Year titles were decided in race three when Shay Shay Shania saluted, thanks to a controlled drive from Ashleigh Camilleri, who is in just her third season in the sulky.
It was Shay Shay Shania’s fifth win of the season in BH and helped trainer Tony “Woggsy” Camilleri claim the Trainer of the Year award, which he described as a “special” result.
“It’s good to win on such a big night and claiming the Horse of the Year title is a credit to Ashleigh and Shay Shay Shania who have been consistent all season,” he said.
Earlier in the evening prominent BH horseman Paul “Freckles” Evans produced a masterful drive to score with Beau Ciel in the opening event. Evans somehow extracted himself from a horror position and also overcame a flat tyre to score with the consistent Beau Ciel.
It was Beau Ciel’s fifth win of the BH season and he momentarily took the lead in the BH Horse of the Year title before Shay Shay Shania re-claimed the lead just 60 minutes later.
Beau Ciel’s part-owner, former local Barry Mitchell, who is now based in Roxby Downs, was “over the moon” with the result, Paul Evans revealed after getting off the phone.
“Barry now manages a mine in Roxby Downs and went into a partnership with a workmate Dwyane Gum and me to buy this horse,” Paul Evans explained.
“Mick Lingard, who owns Interdominion contender Villagem, found this horse for us and a lot of the credit goes to him,” Evan added.
The second event on the card saw the Attard family make a winning return to the Silver City when trainer-driver Kate Attard and Smart Cecil overcame pressure at both the start and finish of the race to prevail.
Kate and her father Pat, who are now based in Mildura, were delighted with the result as Smart Cecil held off hot favourite Aurora Forte with Montana Madge taking third.
“It’s a big thrill to come back home and win a race, especially as the horse is owned by BH trainer-driver Ray Oates and his wife Pat,” Kate said.
“This is my first win here since 2010 and we were lucky that the meeting was held over for a couple of weeks because we couldn’t make it at St Pat’s time,” Kate continued.