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Ray Oates' first winner of the season

Monday, 22nd February, 2010

On a calm humid evening on Saturday night, the Broken Hill harness racing clubs 7th meeting saw locals winning in fine form. The highlight of the night was veteran trainer driver Ray Oates driving a winner aboard Shay Shay Shania who broke after dispatch and lost considerable ground but coming home strongly the last 200m to win the second fast class event.

Ray Oates who has been driving for many years rated the horse to perfection and won in fine fashion from a fine class of horse. Congratulations to Ray and Pat on their win and we hope they win many more!

The Mulga Hill Tavern Pace over 1900m kicked off with Miss Yanthan for Andrew Vozlic taking the lead easily. Miss Blue Bullet who had the perfect one one spot broke after 400m. Jointheclub was behind the leader and Barnover Cecil was facing the breeze. Renrow made his move mid race to sit in the death.

Solly signs off

Friday, 19th February, 2010

* Dean Solomon announced his  retirement yesterday after a decorated  209-game career. * Dean Solomon announced his retirement yesterday after a decorated 209-game career.

"Everyone has been right behind me throughout the years and I've always known it. It's been great." - Solomon on Broken Hill football supporters

Former local Dean Solomon has called an end to his AFL career with Fremantle after struggling to overcome recurring knee problems.

Solomon was recently informed by two separate surgeons that his right knee was so badly damaged that he would have no chance of making it through another AFL game, let alone a full season.

HARNESS RACING

Wednesday, 1st April, 2009

Friday night saw a strong crowd and a great St Pats harness racing program with Raz Slater taking home the bacon twice aboard Globe Vauxall and Meganite. Both horses were driven to perfection by the handy reinsman and given every opportunity to finish on well. Trainer of the Night went to Anthony Camilleri for his winner with Daveydee, Driver of the night was Raz Slater, Best Presented horse went to Lucys Diva for Pat Attard and Run of the Night went to Globe Vauxall for Raz Slater.

Race one saw Mildura visitor Demon Dean taking an easy front from terrific gate speed. Majesticrama took a cart behind the leader. Nothing much changed mid race and Demon Dean won easily for Melinda Smith by 3.5m, taking his tally to 3 wins on the local track from Majesticrama for second and Up To Date for third. Race 2 gave Daveydee the chance to shine gathering momentum at the mobile and taking the early lead. Lady Dancealot was set up in the one one and The Jazz Man was well back in the field. Into the straight, Daveydee was given a bit of headway and won by 8.8m for the Anthony Adams-Anthony Camillieri combo. An impressive run first up after a spell. For second Lady Dancealot, who didn't get out until into the home straight and for third The Jazz Man, the other Mildura Visitor. The First heats were run in good time of 2.05.6 over the 1900m journey.

Race 3 saw a late scratching in Willos All That so a small field of five was started. Barnover Cecil flew the gate to lead and ran the field along. Lucys Diva sat behind the leader and after a fair bit of work Rocktomorrow took the death seat. A lap from home Rocktomorrow stated to drop off giving Lucys Diva the opportunity to come out. Into the straight Lucys Diva took the lead winning by a neck for Kate Attard from a fast finishing Wrath Of Pain for the Shane Smith-Darren McInnes combination. Barnover Cecil ran third for Ray Oates.

Outback champ

Monday, 30th March, 2009

A crowd of thousands witnessed what was arguably the biggest win in local racing history on Saturday, as Nozi held off a surging field to claim his third successive Outback Cup. The seven year-old gelding brought the crowd to its feet with the history-making run, surpassing previous back-to-back winners Wild Vision (1992-93) and Fascinating Rhythm (1979-80). The win proved to be Nozi's toughest on the local track, as he struggled on the the soft dirt despite jumping well from the inside barrier. His rivals had no interest in conceding the firm ground in the track's centre, and by the 1000 metre mark Nozi was trailing a length behind top-rated Satara, with Double Cover in hot pursuit.

As the horses approached the home turn jockey Paul Denton made his move and took Nozi into the lead as Swepscay and Double Cover began to fade, but was immediately challenged by an emerging Dandy Jester and Greg. The fast-finishing Strathalbyn duo couldn't eclipse a determined Nozi however, as he held on to win by half a head and stake a claim as one of the greatest horses to take to the local track. Trainer Paula Trenwith was elated after the win, and said the Cup victory was the culmination of months of planning. "I'm rapt, I'm thrilled - absolutely ecstatic. It's been my aim since the Darwin Cup last year," she said. "Virtually straight after that race that day, I said 'I'm setting him for the Broken Hill Cup to try and win three in a row. No horse has ever done it, let's try and create a bit of history.'"

Ms Trenwith said the victory was a credit to Nozi and jockey Paul Denton, who worked hard to get the horse off the rail and into the lead. "We drew the worst barrier in one, most other times it would be the best barrier but here the track was bit heavy on the inside. "We knew we had speed in two and three outside us in Dandy Jester and Greg, both speed horses. I knew they'd try and keep us in, which they all did, they all saw us as the horse to beat and all tried to keep us on the worst part of the track. "But Paul was able to switch onto the harder part of the track, and (Nozi) was just courageous and didn't give up."

Bill's dream recurring

Friday, 20th March, 2009

Bill McLeod has achieved every golfer's dream and he's now done it four times. His latest hole-in-one was scored on the 16th hole at the city's grass course.

He said his fourth ace was reminiscent of his second.

"My first hole-in-one was in August 2001 on the thirteenth hole," Mr McLeod said.

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