Dana Dawn gave local race fans something to cheer about at the Nelson Harness Racing summer meet on Sunday.
The Richmond-trained horse steamed home to win race eight of the races at Richmond Park and with good odds it wasn’t just her Wakefield owners, Rob and Sue Stuart, who were walking around with big smiles.
It was Dana Dawn’s second win at Nelson after winning on the same track in 2016.
Rob says they were delighted with the result and that of their other horse Scelta Uno, which finished second in race five.
“Both did us proud. You always hope they’d do well but we thought if they could both run in the first three we’d be more than happy, so it’s above expectations really. Very pleased.”
Sue and Rob put the success of their horses down to team work.
“We work them both together and that really helps,” says Sue.
They say the thrill of a win is the main reason they love training, “that and the horses,” says Sue. “We have great horses and we breed them ourselves, so we see them grow up from a foal all the way through.”
They say other than winning at Addington, claiming a win at home is the biggest thrill.
“It’s really good to be able to win here with people you know watching, it’s great.”
In the feature race of the day, the Nelson Pine Industries Nelson Cup, The Bus came storming home to pip Cable Beach on the line to take the cup and a new track record.
The race meeting also attracted plenty of interest from around the country with $892,000 collected from the TAB from off-course bets on Sunday.
On-course, local punters bet a combined $123,000 on the races on Sunday.
Event organiser Chris Butler says they were “very lucky” with weather over the two-day meet.
“There have been challenges with the weather but we dodged a bullet on Friday and it actually held off, but the crowd was a bit lower. But we’ve made up for that today with the sunshine and a big crowd.”
He says there was plenty going on for those who attended with activities for kids, Fashion in the Field, and the action on the track.
“The racing’s been good and everyone seems really happy and say they’re having a good time.”
He says around 3000 people came through the gate on the second day of the meet.