Lola’s Diamond steals the show

Santos Cup photo finish the highlight of a top Easter Monday race meet

Santos Cup Carnival of Cups winning trainer and driver Lola Weidemann, flanked by Narrabri Harness Racing Club president Peter Shepherdson and Santos’ Bill Wood.

The Narrabri Harness Racing Club has outdone itself once again, putting on an entertaining meeting that kept a strong crowd captivated from start to finish.

On a warm day at the Narrabri Paceway, the club’s annual TAB meeting included the highly-anticipated Narrabri Cup, which was won by the Gregory Coney-trained, Anthony Varga-driven Ultimate Dawn.

But the race of the day took place 70 minutes after the Narrabri Cup.

That was the Santos Cup Carnival of Cups race.

In the 2160-metre final the Lola Weidemann-trained and driven Chevals Diamond won by the tightest of margins, edging out the Aaron Goadsby-trained, Guy Chapple-driven Last Party.

After winning their respective qualifying heats at the Narrabri non-TAB meeting on March 18, the pair went head-to-head down the final straight on Monday, and a decision on the result could not be made instantly.

There was a nervous wait before Chevals Diamond was announced as the winner of the $10,200 race.

The victory was the eight-year-old bay geldings’s ninth of his career.

He has earned a total of $46,555 career prizemoney, $12,334 of which he has won this season following a trio of firsts, seconds and thirds.

He has now finished in a top-three position in seven of his past eight starts.

There were two locally-trained pacers which placed on the day.