Wayman scores double at Memorial Paceway
Monday, 5th January, 2015
By Michael Murphy
Local harness racing veteran Rob Wayman is enjoying a return to form after having a quadruple bypass surgery less than eight months ago.
Wayman drove the winner of the feature race at the newly-named Rocky Baker Memorial Oval Paceway on Saturday night, and then followed it up with another win on a horse he owns, trains and drives, Montana Madge.
The 68-year-old, a staple of local harness racing for more than 20 years, was forced to have an eight-week spell following major surgery in May last year.
And he was quick to credit his double win on Saturday night to another well known name in local harness racing circles, the Camilleris.
Wayman said Tony - who he affectionately called “Wogsy” - and his daughter Ashleigh went the extra mile to ensure Montana Madge remained in touch.
“I give a lot of credit to Tony and Ashleigh,” Wayman said yesterday.
“While I was in hospital and away, they kept working Montana Madge for me.
“Tony and I went to Mildura on the fourth of July and she won then, won again August and September.
“I could not have been more grateful for what they have done.
“What they did for me was incredible, I was just so happy.”
Wayman steered Montana Madge to a seven-metre win in the fourth race on the card, the Southstate Industrial Supplies Pace.
Wayman’s first win of the night was in the feature race, the Vetforce Pace. He drove Shadow Spar to victory after leading all the way.
“He’s pretty quick off the mark, has a lot of gate speed, and I thought if I can get to the front and jack them up, they won’t get around him ... simple as that.”
Wayman said the three-year-old gelding was not yet up to the standard of the horses travelling around Mildura, but had room to improve.
“He should keep improving. He’s not a real strong horse ... but the three times I’ve driven him he has got stronger every start.”
Wayman said he was a good horse to drive, and did not do too much wrong.
“You have got to dictate with him, so you have got to save a bit of petrol, and don’t let anyone put any pressure on you.”
It was Shadow Spar’s second victory in as many weeks, taking line honours in race five last week over The Mighty Jim from the Pearce stable.
While Wayman savoured the win on Shadow Spar, the double on his own Montana Madge was a sweeter victory.
The seven-year-old mare has won more than $40,000 in prizemoney from her 76 starts with 15 wins, 10 seconds and 8 thirds.
Wayman bought her from Colin Rogers three years ago, and he couldn’t be happier with her.
“She pulls up terrific, she is not a problem, and she is a real pet.
“My granddaughter is only eight and she rides her around the yard here without a saddle or a bridle.
“She’s a good honest little horse, does anything you ask her to.
“The biggest thing for her is gatespeed.
“If she gets out in front, and leads, she is a very hard horse to get around.
“She’s no champion, but she’s just a good, honest little horse.”
Wayman said he’s not sure what’s next for Montana Madge, but he’ll keep an eye on Adelaide in the next few weeks, before racing again in Broken Hill at the next meeting in a fortnight.
Saturday night’s results:
Race One Atlas Copco Pace: 1st Cityscape, 2nd Vee Jay Jazz, 3rd The Whitney. Margins: head x 5.6m. Milerate: 5.3.5.
Race Two Getting There Excavations Pace: 1st Blessed Tara, 2nd Giggling Goldie, 3rd Mestari. Margins 1.7m x 3.2m. Milerate: 2.7.0.
Race Three Vetforce Pace: 1st Shadow Spar, 2nd Jereme Jetsetter, 3rd Misperception. Margins 2.4m x 1.9m. Milerate: 2.6.8.
Race Four Southstate Industrial Supplies Pace: 1st Montana Madge, 2nd Bettatobelucky, 3rd Mattichello. Margins: 7m x 1.5m. Milerate: 2.4.6.
Race Five Paewai Shearing Pace: 1st Shez From Heaven, 2nd Riverboat Girl, 3rd Artois Stone. Margins: 1.1m x 11.2m. Milerate: 2.8.2.