Wayman off to a flyer
Thursday, 7th January, 2016
By Patrick Reincke
For trainer Rob Wayman the Broken Hill Harness Racing season couldn’t have started any better.
The return of Broken Hill Harness Racing on the weekend saw the night highlighted with some incredibly tights races and a large crowd of racegoers that came through the gates.
Wayman had a big night driving three times and finishing with two wins and a place.
In the night’s opening race, he took Circle Line, which he also trains, to victory by a head.
Circle Line started the race well but trailed behind Cassie Robertson and Riverboat Girl for majority of the distance.
When they came down the final straight, Wayman opened up and made a push for the lead to steal the victory and get a win first up.
Wayman then took the reins of Col Rogers’ Shadow Spar in the Leesa McInnes Memorial.
Having led for the entirety of the race, on the final lap, the pursuers in Cityscape, Misperception and Fineandsunny all came up on the outside and knocked Wayman back to fourth.
He then let loose around the final bend which saw Shadow Spar rocket away and roar home for a big win.
The veteran trainer then took to the track in the night’s final race in control of Sweet Braveheart.
It was a simpler run for Wayman who lead from start to finish and ended up winning by seven metres in a dominant run.
“I did all right,” he said modestly.
“The two that won, I expected them to win, the other (Sweet Braveheart) was a pick up ride for Tony Camilleri because his driver couldn’t get here.”
Wayman explained that it was Sweet Braveheart’s debut race on Saturday night.
“He was a first starter,” Waymna said.
“He had never raced before.
“I probably won’t get to drive him again though, because I drove too well!”
Wayman’s remaining trotter and 2015 BHHRC Horse of the Year, Montana Madge, is expected to return to the track in a few weeks.
Her, along with Circle Line will be the only two in Wayman’s stable as he looks toward retirement.
“I’m too tired and too old,” he said.
“I might sneak one more season in (after this one), we’ll see what happens.
“This year should be all right, I think there are enough horses around and if we get the public’s support, it’ll be great.
“There wasn’t a bad there the other night and here’s hoping they keep coming.”