15 October 2011 - Off the back of Make Mine Cullen's narrow defeat in Friday night's Golden Wattle Cup at Melton, Strathfieldsaye trainer Glenn Douglas will launch a three prong attack on tonight's $30,000 Nyah Pacing Cup.
The Douglas trio Showdownatmidnight, Jukebox Music and Bold Cruiser each go into the race with a shot at winning the standing start feature. Glenn's champion reinsman brother Daryl drives last start Melton winner Showdownatmidnight, a former Central Victorian Championship winner and a country cups veteran. The son of D M Dilinger's last start victory over Village of Dreams and Kid Coconut from a standing start was one of the pacer's best performances for some time with the 8yo gelding sizzling home in a 27.5 final quarter. In the Nyah Cup Showdownatmidnight will leave from six off the front line. One position inside of him is stablemate Jukebox Music, a Melton winner three starts back and a last start runner up at Mildura. Glenn Douglas will pilot the 6yo Christian Cullen gelding. The stable's veteran Bold Cruiser has plenty of frequent travel points and is no stranger to Nyah winning the Cup in 2007. In his glory days Bold Cruiser won a Moonee Valley Cup, Hobart Cup, Kilmore Cup, Renshaw (Penrith) Cup and Mildura Cup but these days his performances are mixed. Since winning at Menangle in August, Bold Cruiser has raced three more times at Menangle and once at Melton with his best effort a third placing. John Caldow will steer Bold Cruiser, a winner of close to $600,000 from the 10 metre handicap. Bold Cruiser has a 25% winning strike from a standing start. In the Nyah Trotters Cup local squaregaiters Barneys Invasion and Unbundled will carry the local flag. It's a tough, studded with up and coming stars. Paul Morrissey's Barney's Invasion looked back in top form at Bendigo last start, the Longlea 9yo winning over 2650 metres. Unbundled trained at Maiden Gully by David Van Ryn, will be driven by Leigh Sutton. The Conch De Ville 6yo's last win was in July at Kilmore. - David Aldred