Overzealous aiming to seal Jewels start
By Frank Marrion
The emergence of three-year-old trotter Overzealous has been a timely boost for Peter Davis and Margo Nyhan in recent months and they hope she can seal a Harness Jewels start at Timaru on Sunday.
Overzealous was sitting 10th on the table for the three-year-old Ruby before the weekend’s racing.
But, she is far from guaranteed getting a Jewels start, given the possibility of an Australian invite and the likelihood of Oscar Bonavena will qualify.
“We’re also mindful of the money the northern trotters will be racing for at the remaining meetings in Auckland and some of those could easily leapfrog us as well,” Davis said.
“So, I think we pretty much need a win on Sunday to be safe.”
Davis and Nyhan were hoping to put the matter to bed at Addington last week, but Overzealous was a “tad unlucky” when finish fourth as favourite.
“It’s going to be a little tricky there from 10m, but hopefully she can get the job done and we can rest easy until the Jewels,” Davis said.
“We’ve been trying to space her races and we’d rather not have to look at racing next weekend as a ‘Desperate Dan’.”
A win would be also be a timely boost for Davis after he was given the all clear on Friday from Burwood Hospital to discontinue wearing a neck brace.
That came 13 weeks after the road accident which seriously injured both him and Nyhan and took the life of one of their horses.
“I can slowly look to get back into things now but it’s going to take a while.
“The shoulder is still quite sore and I’m feeling quite weak after three months of inactivity and I’m probably going to need some physio, but all going well I should be back driving in the new season.”
Nyhan suffered a broken wrist and ribs in the accident and while her injuries appeared less serious initially, her long term prognosis is now looking worse than Davis.
“Margo still has no use of her right hand and they’re saying it could take a year to come right,” Davis said.
“She’s been going to Spreydon Lodge pretty much every day to treat Overzealous for jarring up in the joints and feet and it’s great that I can now do a bit to help out as well.”
With Davis and Nyhan incapacitated for the last three months, the horses have been farmed out to various other stables and Steve McRae has been looking after Overzealous.