Day At The Track
Eliot Forbes

Prizemoney boost for Queensland racing codes

Racing Queensland has announced prizemoney increases of $3.2 million for next financial year across the three codes of racing. RQ chief executive Eliot Forbes said the injection was a result of better-than-forecast returns from wagering. He said that while the control body will still post a financial loss this year, the board was mindful of “enhancing participants’ returns.” It is the first increase in prizemoney for Queensland racing since the Tracking to Sustainability reforms made cuts across the board last year. The thoroughbred code has been allocated $2.28 million of the boost, with a ninth race, valued at $30,000, set to be added to all Saturday metropolitan programs and provincial prizemoney at the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Ipswich boosted to $16,000 (excluding maidens). Harness racing will receive an additional $505,000, with an allocation boosting Redcliffe’s Wednesday and Thursday programs to have five races at $4450 and three at $3450. Greyhound racing will receive $415,000 in extra money, with increases of $40-$80 to all short course non-metropolitan class TAB meetings. “Improved wagering turnover and changes to the Race Information Fee (RIF) framework have enhanced revenue and a continued focus on costs will lead to a much-improved financial result for 2016/17,” Forbes said. “RQ has a strategic goal over the next three years to boost prize money in a sustainable manner and to continue to invest in significant infrastructure projects across all three codes, while working with clubs to improve attendance and commercial returns.” By Nathan Exelby Reprinted with permission of The Courier-Mail  

Feelin Dusty

Hill is King of the Kids

Veteran harness racing trainer Paul Hill reaffirmed his status as the king of the kids when he snared the feature two-year-old double at Luxbet Park Hobart in Tasmania last night. Hill prepared star filly Ideal Bliss to win his third consecutive Group 3 Evicus Stakes final and his handy colt Feelin Dusty led throughout to give Hill his second Dandy Patch from the past three editions. "I've been very fortunate to have had some very talented young horses in my care in recent years and I'm hoping this isn't the end of my good run," Hill said. "Ideal Bliss is a very good filly and I have no doubt she will develop into a very good three-year-old." "I also have a decent opinion of Feelin Dusty and when he drew gate two I rated him a top chance of winning even though the raps were big on Todd Rattray's horse (Izaha). "When Ricky (Duggan) was able to lead and not spend too much early on Feelin Dusty I was confident my horse would be very hard to beat and that's how it panned out." Ideal Bliss, owned and bred by Charlie and Connie Beadman, was sent out the $1.40 favourite despite drawing the inside of the second row. However, her driver Rohan Hillier snagged her out the back at the start to ensure he could find a spot in the one-out line while Inwil ($8) showed good speed to lead. Hillier sent Ideal Bliss  (American Ideal-Blissfull Grace) around the field at the bell and when he moved alongside the leader at the top of the home straight she forged clear but had to pull out all stops to fend off Inwil that made a late charge with Jeanette Barry a close-up third. Feelin Dusty ($2.30fav) showed brilliantly gate speed to easily hold the front in the Dandy Patch while Run Wick ($11) faced the breeze with Izaha ($2.40) on its back enjoying the one-out-one-back position. But a lap out and unhappy with the modest tempo Rattray sent Izaha up to face the breeze and put some pressure on the leader and they singled out to fight out the finish. Feelin Dusty responded when Duggan called on the gelded son Mr Feelgood for the big effort and he went on to score by over 10 metres from Izaha with Pezzamystic over 15 metres away third. Peter Staples

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Racing sought conditions over next licence deal

The Victorian racing industry wanted conditions placed on Victoria's next wagering licence option that would have fettered the state government, the tribunal hearing the Tabcorp-Tatts merger ruled. The proposal – jointly put forward by Racing Victoria, Harness Racing Victoria and Greyhound Racing Victoria – was condemned by the Australian Competition Tribunal as involving a "degree of political and commercial unreality". "In some respects the proposed changes are anti-competitive themselves," the tribunal concluded in its judgment, which gave the green light to the merger of Tabcorp and Tatts. The Victorian racing bodies wanted to compel Tabcorp to participate in the next Victorian licence process and use its "best endeavours" to ensure a bid is successful. Tabcorp holds the current Victorian licence, which expires in 2024. The Tabcorp joint venture is Victorian racing's major source of funding. "Given the uncertainty surrounding the Victorian licence, such a condition is unreasonable," ruled the tribunal, which was presided over by Justice John Middleton. The Victorian racing industry also wanted Tabcorp to enter into new arrangements on identical terms with the existing joint venture. That was slammed as "inappropriate" by the tribunal. "Such a condition fetters the freedom of the Victorian government to restructure licence arrangements, likely compels Tabcorp to pay a non-commercial price and puts Tabcorp at a competitive disadvantage," the tribunal said. Victorian racing's unsuccessful attempt to shape the next licence is unlikely to be viewed favourably by the Racing Minister Martin Pakula and the state government, which is responsible for structuring the licence auction. The Victorian government did not oppose the merger. As the tribunal noted, "with the only exception (Victoria) all of the state peak racing bodies supported the proposed merger and have put evidence before the tribunal to this effect". The tribunal also dismissed a claim by the Victorian racing industry that a decrease in funding for Victorian racing would lead to a decline in participation by international horses and, by extension, tourism. "The tribunal is not of the view that the merger will lead to a decrease in funding for the Victorian racing industry. The question of how Racing Victoria allocates its funding to premium events is not for the tribunal to determine, but is a matter for Racing Victoria." The Victorian racing industry was granted leave to intervene in the hearing after suggesting the merger would reduce competition for the next wagering licence and future returns to the racing industry. The industry has now been left with a legal bill running into hundreds of thousands of dollars. The merger was also opposed by racing.com and corporate bookmakers spearheaded by CrownBet. By Patrick Bartley Reprinted with permission of The Sydney Morning Herald

Lachlan Prothero

18yr committee member keen to set trots trend

Teenage trots enthusiast Lachlan Prothero has joined Mildura Harness Racing Club’s board and hopes to draw more young faces trackside. Mr Prothero, who has served as a track attendant since September, pounced when the opportunity arose to play a bigger role in advancing the club. “About two weeks ago a spot opened up and I thought it would be good to give a young person’s insight to the committee,” he said. “As well as being able to help out with social media, when I look at the crowds, there are not as many young people and they are the future, so I will try and find ways to get young people along to the sport.” The 18-year-old has long had a passion for the trots, having been introduced to it by his dad, trainer Andrew. “All my life I have grown up around horses,” Mr Prothero said. “I drive track work a lot of the time.” He’s spent plenty of time in a sulky, having participated in pony trots for six years and represented Victoria in the Lizzie of Rosslands Junior Driver Series in New Zealand two years ago where he finished second overall. “I would like to eventually train and drive myself, after finishing year 12 of course and after a bit of university,” he said. “Being with the horses is the main part I enjoy and the different challenges that you can have with different horses. Just to get them to race for a start can be a challenge and then to win is another thing all together.”  Michael Howard (HRV Media/Communications Co-Ordinator)

On 22 June 2017, Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Stewards conducted an inquiry into the activities of unlicensed person Nea Fresenius at the Tabcorp Park Melton race meeting on 17 June 2017. After considering all available evidence, licensed trainer Vince Vallelonga pleaded guilty to a charge under the provisions of Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 90A(2.9)(a) which states:         The holder of a trainer’s license shall ensure that all persons carrying out the activities         of a stable hand are licensed as stable hands. The particulars of the charge being that as a licensed trainer Mr Vallelonga failed to ensure that Nea Fresenius was appropriately licensed when carrying out stablehand activities at Tabcorp Park Melton on 17 June 2017. In assessing penalty Stewards took into account Mr Vallelonga’s guilty plea, that the offence was an isolated episode due to his recent injury and previous penalties for offences under this rule. Stewards accordingly imposed a fine of $200.    After considering all available evidence, Nea Fresenius pleaded guilty to a charge under AHRR 91(1)(a) which states:         A person shall not carry on an activity regulated by licence -                 (a) if that person is not the holder of a current licence; The particulars of the charge being that on 17 June 2017 Ms Fresenius did carry on an activity regulated by licence, namely as a stablehand for trainer Vince Vallelonga, when not the holder of an appropriate licence. In assessing penalty Stewards took into account Ms Fresenius’ guilty plea and previous penalties for offences under this rule. Ms Fresenius was fined $200. Harness Racing Victoria

Due to a major electrical fire at Cranbourne, Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) today advised Sunday’s trots meeting has been transferred to Tabcorp Park Melton. “Unfortunately the magnitude of the electrical fire at the club means we are not able to run Sunday’s meeting, so we appreciate the co-operation of Tabcorp Park Melton who have agreed to host the meeting in the interests of the industry,” Cranbourne Club CEO Neil Bainbridge said. Click here to view the alterations to race distances due to the transfer Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)

Harness Racing Victoria CEO David Martin is continuing to visit clubs across the state to consult with the trots industry on HRV’s draft Strategic Plan. Mr Martin will visit Mildura on Friday, June 30, Terang on Tuesday, July 11, and Ballarat on Monday, July 17, with all sessions starting at 7.30pm. All are welcome to attend, with industry people encouraged to come along and express their views on a range of topics. So far sessions have been held at Stawell, Charlton, Cranbourne, Melton and Shepparton, in addition to consultation meetings with specific industry bodies and their members. “The sessions have so far gone really well and it has been great to see so many people passionate about the trots give their thoughts,” Mr Martin said. “I want to see as many people as possible as part of consulting the industry on our strategic direction, which is important because we can only succeed if we are all in this together.” HRV CEO David Martin Consultation on Industry Strategic Plan Friday 30 June                   Mildura HRC                       7.30pm Tuesday 11 July                 Terang HRC                         7.30pm Monday 17 July                 Ballarat HRC                        7.30pm ......................................................................................... Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) welcomes the appointment of Glen Canty to the role of HRV General Manager – Racing, effective Monday, July 17. Mr Canty is an experienced racing administrator, having spent time in executive positions at both Greyhound Racing Victoria and the Melbourne Racing Club in the past 15 years. Prior to his move into sports administration, Mr Canty spent more than a decade working in the banking industry in Australia and overseas. Mr Canty holds a Bachelor of Business and two Masters degrees. “Most exciting for me is that whether the trots are regarded as a business, or a hobby, in both cases it is a passion. If we can harness that passion then this sport will thrive,” Mr Canty said. HRV CEO David Martin said Mr Canty’s racing and business background had him well positioned to guide HRV’s racing functions. “Glen’s intimate knowledge of the Victorian racing landscape and the complexities our industry faces will certainly assist him in this role. I am very happy to welcome him to the team and I know he is looking forward to getting started,” Mr Martin said. Mr Canty said the trots in Victoria conjured pleasant memories of his childhood days. “This is somewhat of a homecoming,” he said. “My childhood was spent at the trots. Dad bought his first horse with family members in the 1960s, but it wasn’t until the 1970s and early 1980s that we had any real success. Mister Music had six wins at the Showgrounds among 16 overall, while Dunsinane won the Stawell Cup amid 18 career wins.” Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)

Mark Purdon will head to Menangle’s huge meeting on Sunday in unfamiliar territory. Most times the champion trainer is expected to dominate, but on Sunday it is more hopeful than confident of success with either of his two Group 1 runners. And that’s saying something when one of them is Australasia’s best three-year-old, Vincent, in the $153,000 Group 1 NSW Breeders Challenge final (1609m). “I wish he’d drawn a lot better and the race was 2300m instead of a mile,” Purdon said. “The combination of drawing outside the back (gate 14) over a mile means he is going to need to do something great to win. “Atomic Red is a really nice horse, he showed that winning a heat of the NSW Derby, and if he rolls to the front from (gate) four, he’s going to take some running down, especially from where we’re drawn.” As big as Vincent’s challenge is, he is capable of something special. “He has the superstar factor. He could be our next stable star,” Purdon said. Vincent looks skinny odds at $1.40 on the Aussie TAB, while Atomic Red has been backed from $4 into $3.40. Purdon’s other Menangle runner is the talented juvenile Sicario, who faces a big challenge from gate eight in a strong 2YO colts and geldings final of the Breeders Challenge. The race changed complexion when Shane Tritton’s Divine State slipped into the field as first emergency when stablemate Lynnsanity succumbed to a health issue. Divine State (gate seven) has been backed from $3.50 into $2.80, while Sicario is still favourite, but has eased from $1.70 to $2.50. Exciting Tasmanian youngster Ignatius (three) is a $2.90 chance. “If he drew two, you’d say he’s the one to beat, but the way the draws have fallen, he’ll need to pull out something special to win it,” Purdon said. “He’s a really nice two-year-old, but he’s not out of the bag. He’s not a superstar like say Waikiki Beach was at the same time.” After Menangle on Sunday, Purdon heads further north for the Queensland Carnival where More The Better and Partyon will fly the stable flag. In other stable news, Purdon said it was unlikely he would have a runner in the Victoria Cup now it had been moved to October 14 and slashed from a $400,000 to $200,000 purse. “Lazarus definitely won’t be in it. The only chance we’d have a runner is if we wanted to split horses and perhaps send of the our horses outside of the big guns across,” he said. “The race just seems to be in no man’s land now and there’s not many other big races around it.” Purdon confirmed Lazarus and Heavens Rock would not leave NZ before the NZ Cup. Beyond that, Lazarus is most likely to tackle the Perth Inter Dominion, while the Miracle Mile has been circled for Heaven Rocks. “There’s a long way to go, but Lazarus is the one we’d take to Perth. I’ve learnt from taking Smolda last year. Lazarus certainly wouldn’t mind the four races in a fortnight,” Purdon said. Adam Hamilton

Long shot king Pat Harding found Ima Rocknroll Legend last week and he duly saluted at the juicy odds of $13.40 and $3.30 for the place. "Great to steer harness racing punters into Ima Rocknroll Legend," Harding said. "Couldn't believe it paid so well - don't often get that about a Gary Hall-trained horse." Harding, a long-time member of the WA Trotting Media Guild, believes punters can get off to a great start in the second at Gloucester Park on Friday night with the Greg and Skye Bond-trained Cerato. "He's been badly drawn at his past two starts, but coming out of gate two this week gives him a great each-way chance," Harding said. "Later in the program, Allamerican Queen, trained and driven by Justice Prentice, is another good each-way bet. She has a bit of form and should give punters a good sight." Leading tipster Stuart Lowe has labelled Sarah Goody as his best for the night. "She had a hard run at her last start when she finished fifth," Lowe said. "Was impressive when an all-the-way winner in 1.54.3 at her previous run. Likely to lead here and should be very hard to beat." Lowe believes Our Jericho could get out to a good price. "He ran his best race for some time when third to Chicago Bull in fast time two weeks ago," he said. "Draw brings him in with each-way claims." Sunday Times scribe Robbie Dewar is a fan of Stroganoff. "He gets his chance to break an eight-run losing streak on Friday night," Dewar said. "He's drawn nicely in gate one and could lead like he did last week - but he's not opposed to an Abraxas Blues this week." Dewar thinks Four Legged Frenzy offers value in the last. "She hasn't won in 14 starts but last week's close second to Mako Shadow gives her a great chance to break through," he said. Veteran tipster Bill Brindley has advised punters to follow champion reinsmen Chris Lewis and Gary Hall Jr on Friday night. "My best bets are Sarah Goody, Fanci A Dance and El Hombre -all good drives for Chris," Brindley said. "Chicago Bull is a great drive for Gary and Beaudiene Boaz and Soho Wall Street can give him a winning treble." Brindley likes infinite Symbol for some value. "She's drawn well and is a good each-way chance," he said. "Together with Three Blind Mice and Bettors Reward they appeal as a good all-up place bet." The West Australian's Ernie Manning and Media Guild president Wayne Currall are Chicago Bull fans. "I think Chicago Bull is shaping to be WA's best hope in the Inter Dominion Championship later this year," Manning said. "He brilliantly won the Fremantle Pacing Cup and WA Pacing Cup last January, then returned with a highly impressive victory on June 9. "Trainer Gary Hall is keeping him ticking along with a brief winter campaign before he spells and then begins his Inters preparation. Hall has astutely elected to give him non-ambitious goals at this stage and the horse should come through in fine style, fully primed to be aimed at the Inters." Manning likes Chevrons Champion for a bit of value. "She appears to be regaining zest for in-form trainer Nathan Turvey and I think she is a sound value bet," he said. "The four-year-old, a winner of 12 races, is on a 10-run losing streak. In fact, she was not placed in five starts leading up to her second over 1730m at Gloucester Park last Saturday night. But it seems Turvey could be about to turn the tide with her." Currall has waited until the last event for his value selection. "Atlastalone drops a good deal in class in the last on the card," he said. "Drawn wide but has the services of in-form concession driver Michael Grantham and could surprise at odds." Wayne Currall

All bids and offers to purchase shall be treated as offers made upon the following Conditions of Sale and all persons attending the Sale or bidding at the Sale shall be deemed to have been given notice of such Conditions of Sale. 1. INTERPRETATION – DEFINITIONS 1.1. In these Conditions: “Auctioneer” means (the selling Agent at each Sale) and includes its officers and agents. “Purchaser” means the person or corporation to whom any Lot is sold as referred to in Condition 2. “Vendor” means the person or corporation on whose behalf any Lot is sold by the Auctioneer and where more than one, shall mean each severally and any two or more jointly. “Promoter” means a third party (if any), identified in the Sale catalogue or other documentation issued in respect of the Sale as the promoter or sponsor of the Sale or of a closed race series or incentive race series in association with which the Sale is conducted. “Series Race” means a closed race series or incentive race series (if any) identified in the Sale catalogue or other documentation issued in respect of the Sale. “Lot” or “horse” includes gelding, colt and filly. “Colt” includes rig or cryptorchid, namely male animals in which one or both testes have not descended into the scrotum from the abdomen, however, it is the responsibility of the Vendor to have the Auctioneer announce that the “colt” is a rig or cryptorchid if that be so. 1.2. Where the Purchaser of any Lot comprises more than one person or corporation, these Conditions shall bind each such person or corporation severally and any two or more of such persons or corporations jointly. 1.3. Where any Lot is purchased by a person as an agent for a principal, whether disclosed or undisclosed, such agent shall, without prejudice to the principal’s obligations pursuant to these Conditions, be personally bound to purchase the Lot for the price accepted by the Auctioneer upon these Conditions and the term “Purchaser” shall be construed to mean each of the agent and the principal severally and both the agent and the principal jointly. 2. CONDITIONS OF ENTRY 2.1. No horse will be accepted for entry in the Sale unless such horse has been Freeze Branded and DNA Genotyped or otherwise identified confirming its parentage to the satisfaction of the controlling authority of the place in which the Sale is conducted. 3. UPSET PRICE 3.1. The upset price will be considered the standard reserve price and will be set at $4,000. Any lot entering the ring that does not attract a bid or meet the upset price will be classified as a vendor buyback for the upset price. A $400 (+GST) flat fee will be payable.   4. COMMISSION 4.1. Vendors may disclose a reserve in lieu of the upset price to the Auctioneer. There will be a commission rate of 10% + GST on all Lots entering the Sale Ring that achieve either the upset price or disclosed reserve or the Sale Price. 4.2 If the Vendor chooses to stand with the Auctioneer and authorise the Sale of their Lot below the Disclosed Reserve, the agreed sale price becomes the new Disclosed Reserve and the applicable commission will be 10% + GST. 4.3  Where a reserve price is disclosed and it is not achieved there will be a flat fee of 10% (+GST) of the reserve amount. 5. CATALOGUING FEE 5.1. The Cataloguing Fee for the Sale is $550 (including GST).  In the event that a vendor elects to withdraw a horse or horses from sale, the Cataloguing Fee is non-refundable, irrespective of whether the withdrawal takes place before or after the catalogue goes to press. 5.2. There is no commission payable on the Cataloguing Fee.                                                                                                                                               6. CONDUCT OF SALE 6.1. The Vendor may bid personally or through an agent during the sale of each respective lot.   6.2. The highest bidder shall be the Purchaser, but should any dispute arise the Lot shall be immediately put up for Sale at the last undisputed bid or the dispute may be determined by the Auctioneer, whose decision shall be final and binding.   6.3. The Auctioneer shall have the right and absolute discretion to: •  determine who the Purchaser is; •  settle any dispute in such manner as it thinks fit; •  withdraw any Lot before or during the Sale; •  advance the bidding as it thinks fit; •  exclude any persons from the Sale Venue; or •  refuse to acknowledge any bid without giving any reason therefore, and the Auctioneer’s decision shall be final and binding upon all persons; •  bid as an Agent on behalf of a principal.   6.4. Any vendor with a lot passed in at auction may notify staff at the Administration Office of their willingness to negotiate on a Sale. These lots will be written up on a whiteboard located in a prominent area along with their desired Sale Price for potential purchasers to view.   6.5  Any Sales successfully negotiated on the day must be immediately reported to staff at the Administration Office and will be processed as Sold lots, with Allwood Stud 2018 Sales Committee handling the processing and distribution of funds.   Allwood Stud Sales Committee takes no responsibility over disputes relating to any Sales negotiated post-auction and not notified immediately to the Auctioneer. 7. VENDOR’S OBLIGATIONS 7.1. The Vendor shall be responsible for the accuracy of any statement, description or particular relating to the horse contained in the Sale Catalogue and shall notify the Selling Agent or Auctioneer of any error, omission or inaccuracy prior to the Sale of the particular Lot.   7.2. The Vendor shall, before the Sale, provide each horse with a proper and secure headstall which shall remain the property of the Vendor.  No horse shall be permitted to enter the Sale Ring unless equipped with such headstall and rearing bit.   7.3. Upon delivery of the horse to the buyer the Selling Agent shall provide the horse with a suitable headstall which shall remain the property of the buyer.   7.4. The Vendor guarantees that any horse offered for sale: •  will not be in foal unless so stated in the Sale Catalogue or by the Auctioneer prior to the Auction of that particular lot; •  is correctly sexed; and •  the horse’s identity is genuine.   7.5. Each horse shall be at the Vendor’s risk as to damage or injury whether by disease, accident or otherwise from the time of delivery to the Selling Agent until the horse has been sold when the risk shall pass to the buyer.   7.6. The Vendor warrants that the horse •  is not broken in and is generally only educated to be handled; •  has no known bone fractures or chips affecting racing soundness; •  is not suffering from founder; and •  has never been nerved. Any horse offered contrary to this warranty, if its condition is not announced by the Auctioneer from the Stand or published in the Sale Catalogue may, at the discretion of the Selling Agent, be returned to the Vendor and the purchase price refunded to the buyer.   7.7. In the case of a return of the horse to the Vendor, as in the preceding condition, the Vendor shall be responsible for and shall pay all proper expenses incurred by the Selling Agent and the buyer for the care, feeding and transport of the horse from that fall of the hammer until its return to the Vendor.   7.8. Transfer Forms for each horse must be furnished to the Selling Agent by the Vendor fully executed for transfer before the commencement of each individual sale.  The Selling Agent will withhold from the Vendor settlement of the proceeds of Sale until the Transfer Form has been so delivered to the Selling Agent.   7.9. The Vendor shall closely clip the area of the horse’s freeze brand to enable the horse’s brand to be easily read by the Inspecting Official or any other person and shall pay to the Selling Agent any inspection fee charged by or payable to the Inspecting Official.  The inspection fee may be deducted by the Selling Agent from the proceeds of sale when accounting to the Vendor. 8. RISK AND EXPENSE 8.1. Upon the fall of the hammer each Lot shall be at the risk and expense of the Purchaser and the Purchaser shall indemnify the Auctioneer in respect of and pay to the Auctioneer on demand all losses, damages, costs and expenses incurred or suffered by the Auctioneer in respect of the Lot while the Lot is at the Purchaser’s risk and expense.   8.2. Prior to the fall of the hammer each Lot shall be at the risk and expense in all respects of the Vendor, and the Vendor shall indemnify the Auctioneer in respect of payment to the Auctioneer on demand for all losses, damages, costs and expenses incurred or suffered by the Auctioneer in respect of the Lot while the Lot is at the Vendor’s risk and expense.   8.3. Notwithstanding any other provisions hereof, the Auctioneer shall not be liable for any damage, loss or injury occurring to any Lot or to any person or property caused by any Lot, whether caused by disease, accident, the negligence of the Auctioneer or otherwise and whether the Lot shall be in the custody, control or possession of the Auctioneer or otherwise.   8.4. Any Lot not sold, or in respect of which any Sale is subsequently terminated, shall remain at or revert to the risk and expense in all respects of the Vendor who shall arrange for the removal of the Lot immediately following the Sale. 9. INSPECTION AND EXAMINATION 9.1. All Lots may be inspected at reasonable times prior to Sale.  Prior to Sale, a prospective Purchaser may arrange for a veterinary examination of a Lot with the Vendor.  Such examination shall be carried out in the privacy of a stable and may not be carried out in the Sale Ring or within the public view. The cost of this examination shall be paid by the prospective Purchaser, solely to whom the veterinarian should make his report.  The Auctioneer or Vendor may refuse examination.   9.2. Subject to Condition 19, the Purchaser assumes all consequences and risk arising from failure to carry out an inspection or to seek an examination of a Lot.   9.3. Allwood Stud Sales committee have the right to refuse entry to any yearling deemed to be inadequately prepared for sale.   9.4. Allwood Stud Sales committee will provide a suitably experienced and qualified handler to parade the yearling for sale if required. The vendor is responsible for advising the Auctioneer that they require the use of a handler and accept that the Auctioneer shall incur no responsibility of any loss or damage whilst the yearling is in the care of the handler. No cost will be incurred by the Vendor for the provision of this service.   10. PURCHASE AND PAYMENT 10.1. On the fall of the hammer the Purchaser shall give his Bidder Registration Number, name and address and the name and address of the principal for whom he bids (if applicable) to the Auctioneer and shall immediately complete, sign and hand to the Auctioneer an acknowledgement of his purchase in such form as shall be required by the Auctioneer and provide to the Auctioneer any such other information in respect of the purchase as the Auctioneer may reasonably require.   10.2. Subject to Condition 11, the full purchase price shall be due and payable to the Auctioneer in Australian currency within one hour of purchase or within such other period of time as the Auctioneer in its absolute discretion may agree, time being the essence, notwithstanding that delivery may not have been made.   10.3. The Auctioneer may in its absolute discretion reject payment otherwise than in cash.   10.4. The Purchaser shall pay to the Auctioneer on demand all collection costs and expenses (including legal costs) incurred in recovering any payment from the Purchaser.   10.5. No rebate shall be allowed to any Bloodstock Agent accepting an invoice on behalf of a buyer. 11. CREDIT ARRANGEMENTS 11.1. Purchasers who require credit are to make application to Allwood Stud Sales committee before the Sale.   11.2. Purchasers who enter into credit arrangements with Allwood Stud Sales committee are required to make payment within 28 days of the Sale. If they default on said credit arrangement the selling agent has the right to enforce the Unpaid Forfeits List rules. 12. DELIVERY 12.1. The Auctioneer shall not be obliged to deliver any Lot to the Purchaser until:   i. the Auctioneer shall have received from the Purchaser full payment of all monies payable by the Purchaser to the Auctioneer pursuant to these Conditions (including the purchase price for the Lot, unless the Auctioneer is satisfied that a prior credit or terms agreement in writing has been made with the Auctioneer or Vendor) or any other agreement, oral or written, entered into between the Auctioneer or Vendor and the Purchaser, and until all bills or exchange tendered in payment have been honoured;   ii. the Purchaser shall have completed signed and delivered to the Auctioneer a delivery slip in such form as shall be required by the Auctioneer; iii. the Purchaser shall have complied to the satisfaction of the Auctioneer, with all his other obligations in respect of insurance of the Lot pursuant to Condition 14;   iv. where the Purchaser requires the Lot to be delivered to his agent, the Auctioneer has received a written direction from the Purchaser directing the Auctioneer to deliver the Lot to such Agent providing that nothing in this Condition shall oblige the Auctioneer to obtain such written authority from an Agent prior to delivering any Lot to such Agent; and   v. the Purchaser shall remove his Lot from the Sale venue within four (4) hours of the Purchaser receiving delivery of the Lot.  The Purchaser shall ensure that the Auctioneer has firstly checked and confirmed the identity of the Lot prior to its removal. 13. INSURANCE 13.1. Where the Auctioneer agrees to deliver any Lot to the Purchaser prior to the Auctioneer receiving from the Purchaser the full purchase price for the Lot, or on the basis of any credit terms agreement made between the Auctioneer and the Purchaser or the Vendor and the Purchaser whether before or after the Sale, the Purchaser shall effect and maintain until such time as the Auctioneer shall have received all monies payable in respect of the Lot or repayable by the Purchaser pursuant to any credit agreement entered into in respect of the purchase of the Lot, at the Purchaser’s cost and expense, insurance satisfactory to the Auctioneer in respect to the damage, injury or death of the Lot from any cause whatsoever and shall ensure that the policy of insurance bears an endorsement as may, in the opinion of the Auctioneer, be necessary to transfer to the Auctioneer and/or the Vendor all the Purchaser’s interest under such insurance absolutely. 14. TITLE OF LOTS 14.1. Notwithstanding any express or implied provisions hereof to the contrary and notwithstanding that delivery of any Lot may have been or possession obtained, title in a Lot shall not pass to the Purchaser until all monies payable by the Purchaser to the Auctioneer pursuant to these Conditions of Sale in respect of the Lot shall have been received by the Auctioneer and all bills of exchange tendered in payment of such monies have been honoured.   14.2. Where delivery of any Lot is made to the Purchaser prior to title in the Lot passing to the Purchaser pursuant to these Conditions of Sale, the Purchaser shall hold the Lot as bailee only and shall not deal with the Lot in any manner inconsistent with the reasonable directions which may be given from time to time by the Vendor and/or the Auctioneer.   14.3. Until title of the horse has passed, the Purchaser shall not exercise or purport to exercise any rights of ownership or possession including, without limitation, registering or racing the horse. 15. DEFAULT BY PURCHASER 15.1. In the event that the Purchaser breaches any of these conditions and fails to remedy such breach within reasonable time after receiving written notice from the Vendor or Auctioneer requiring such breach to be remedied, or all monies payable by the Purchaser to the Auctioneer pursuant to these Conditions shall not have been paid and liquidated by the due date for payment thereof, or where the Auctioneer has, in its discretion, agreed to an extension of the date for payment (in which event time shall be of the essence in respect of such extended date) and the same shall not have been paid and liquidated by such extended date, the Auctioneer or the Vendor may at any time without prejudice to any other rights or remedies which the Auctioneer or Vendor may have at law or in equity and without notice to the Purchaser:- i. terminate the Sale of the Lot; and/or   ii. immediately retake possession of the Lot and for that purpose the Purchaser hereby irrevocably grants to the Auctioneer and/or Vendor full leave and licence to enter into or upon any premises controlled by the Purchaser upon which the Lot may be or may reasonably be believed to be situated and to use any reasonable force as may be necessary for the purpose of repossessing the Lot, or as agent of the Purchaser to enter upon any other premises upon which the Vendor may enter for the purpose or repossessing the Lot, without notice to the Purchaser and without liability to the Purchaser or any person claiming under the Purchaser; and/or   iii. resell the Lot by auction or private Sale at the risk and expense of the Purchaser and if upon such resale a lower price is obtained than that for which the Purchaser had agreed to buy the Lot, the Auctioneer or Vendor may recover the difference from the Purchaser as a debt due on demand together with interest from the date of Sale to the date of payment; and/or   iv. exercise such other rights and remedies as the Vendor or Auctioneer may have against the Purchaser in respect of the Purchaser’s default including, without limitation, recovering from the Purchaser all costs and expenses incurred in repossessing or attempting to repossess the Lot together with interest  thereon and recovering from the Purchaser any expense of Sale, re-Sale, livery, and agistment and Auctioneer commission so incurred; and/or   v. retain any deposit or part payment to the extent of twenty five percent (25%) of the purchase price for the benefit of the Vendor. 16. RIGHTS AND LIABILITIES OF AUCTIONEER 16.1. The Auctioneer is selling any Lot at the Sale as agent for the Vendor whose name is disclosed in the Sales catalogue in respect of the Lot.  Further, particulars of the Vendor of any Lot shall be furnished by the Auctioneer immediately upon request.  Except, as otherwise expressly provided to the contrary, the Auctioneer has no liability or rights as principal in the capacity of a Vendor.   16.2. In the event of any dispute including without limitation, as to defects in title, misdescription, pedigree, condition or otherwise, the Purchaser and the Vendor shall settle the matter between themselves and the Purchaser shall have no rights against nor return any Lot to the Auctioneer which acts in respect of the Sale as agent for the disclosed Vendor.   16.3. Notwithstanding any representation or action by the Auctioneer which may indicate the contrary, the Auctioneer shall be under no liability to the Vendor in respect of the Purchaser’s failure to complete his purchase in accordance with these Conditions of Sale.   16.4. If the Auctioneer accounts to the Vendor for the purchase price or the balance of the purchase price owed to the Vendor less any monies owed by the Vendor to the Auctioneer, before the purchase price and other amounts payable by the Purchaser have been paid, title to the Lot shall thereupon pass to the Auctioneer, and the Auctioneer shall have the right and remedies under these Conditions as if it were the Vendor.   16.5. The description of all Lots has been provided by the Vendors, and the Auctioneer shall not be liable or responsible for any error whatsoever in the description of the Lot.   16.6. The rights and remedies of the Auctioneer under these Conditions shall not be affected by reason of the selling commission and charges of the Auctioneer having been deducted by the Auctioneer from any payment made by the Auctioneer to the Vendor.  As between the Purchaser and the Auctioneer, the Purchaser waives all rights of set off, if any, the Purchaser may have against the Vendor as between the Purchaser and the Vendor.   16.7. The Auctioneer or its servants may sign the Sale Book or any Memorandum of Sale on behalf of either the Vendor or the Purchaser or both.   16.8. The Auctioneer reserves all rights to use or publish details of biddings, the identity of the Vendor and the Purchaser and all matters related to the sale of any Lot as it thinks fit.   16.9. The Selling Agent shall pay to the Vendor the net proceeds of Sale upon the expiration of twenty eight (28) days following the date of sale, provided always that payment shall not be made until:- i. payment of the purchase price has been made by the Purchaser in full;   ii. delivery of the horse has been taken by the Purchaser;   iii. all registration documents have been completed, signed and delivered to Allwood Stud Sales committee; and   iv. transfer of ownership has been fully effected.   16.10. Vendors have the right to more than one bid. 17. CONDITIONS AND WARRANTIES 17.1. Other than for any express conditions, warranties or representations included herein, or as may be implied by Federal or State legislation and which may not be excluded by agreement:   i. all conditions, warranties and representations in respect of a Lot or a Sale are hereby excluded;   ii. no condition, warranty or representations is given or implied or any be inferred from any affirmation made at or before the Sale     or any of the circumstances of the Sale; and   iii. the Purchaser acknowledges that, in making any purchase, he is relying solely on his own enquiries and inspection, and that he has not relied or been induced by any statement or representation made by the Vendor or the Auctioneer or by any person purporting to act on their behalf. 18. ROARERS, WINDSUCKERS, WOBBLERS, IMPARED VISION, CRYPTHORCHID (RIG) 18.1. For the purpose of this Condition: “Windsucker” shall mean a Lot which suffers from the vice of noisily drawing in and swallowing air through its mouth; “Wobbler” shall mean a Lot which stands or moves unsteadily or with uncertain direction; “Roarer” shall mean a Lot which suffers from a disease causing it to make a loud noise when breathing under exertion; “Impaired Vision” refers to impaired sight in one or both eyes.  “Cyptorchid (Rig)” shall mean a colt in which one or both testes have not descended into the scrotum from the abdomen.   18.2. Should any Lot be a Windsucker, Wobbler, Roarer or Cryptorchid (Rig) or to the knowledge of the Vendor have shown any symptoms of being so, the Vendor shall disclose such fact to the Auctioneer to enable the Auctioneer to disclose such fact to prospective bidders.  Any horse that has impaired vision or has been the subject of any procedure specifically referred to under the Australian Rules of Harness Racing which precludes it from racing will NOT knowingly be offered for Sale.   18.3. In the event that any Lot proves within seven (7) days after the Sale to be a Windsucker, Wobbler, Roarer or Cryptorchid (Rig), or to have been sold with impaired vision or having been the subjected to a procedure referred to under the Australian Rules of Harness Racing which would preclude it from racing and;   i. the Purchaser produces to the Auctioneer or Vendor prior written certification obtained at the cost of the Purchaser that the Lot is a Windsucker, Wobbler, Roarer or Cryptorchid (Rig) or has impaired vision or been subjected to a procedure referred to under the Australian Rules of Harness Racing which would preclude it from racing, as the case may be, signed by an independent Veterinarian nominated by the Auctioneer; and   ii. the Auctioneer or Vendor did not disclose at the Sale that the Lot was or showed symptoms of being a Windsucker, Wobbler, Roarer or Cryptorchid (Rig) or having impaired vision or been subjected to a procedure referred to under the Australian Rules of Harness Racing which would preclude it from racing , as the case may be, the Purchaser may terminate his purchase of the Lot by giving the Auctioneer written notice of termination within seven (7) days after the date of Sale provided that the Purchaser shall upon termination at their own cost and expense, return the Lot to the address of the Vendor specified in the Sales catalogue.  The decision of the independent Veterinarian nominated by the Auctioneer, shall be final and binding on all parties.   18.4  Where the Purchaser terminates his purchase and returns the Lot to the Vendor pursuant to Condition 18.3, he shall be entitled to a refund from the Vendor of all purchase monies paid in respect of the Lot and upon receiving same shall have no further claim against the Auctioneer or Vendor. 19. UPPER RESPIRATORY LARYNGOSCOPIC EVALUATION 19.1. Notwithstanding any other provision of these Conditions of Sale and notwithstanding any prior custom and usage of the trade, horses which are sold in this Sale may be subject to a post-Sale upper respiratory laryngoscopic evaluation (excluding the trachea) by a veterinary surgeon approved by the Auctioneer obtained at the Purchaser’s expense prior to the horse leaving the Auction venue on the day of the Sale.   19.2. If a veterinary surgeon, so approved, is of the opinion that the horse has any of the following conditions: i. laryngeal hemiplegia (complete immobility of the cartilage); ii. rostral displacement of the palatopharyngeal arch; iii. epiglottic entrapment; iv. permanent dorsal displacement of the soft palate; v. severe arytenoid chondritis or chandroma; or vi. subepiglottic cyst(s) and this/these condition(s) have not been announced prior to the horse being offered for Sale, then the Purchaser may cancel the Sale.   19.3. Any Purchaser who wishes to have a post-Sale upper respiratory laryngoscopic evaluation, as above, is advised that this examination must be conducted by the veterinary surgeon, so approved, prior to the horse being removed from the Auctioneer’s complex.   19.4. The Auctioneer reserves the right to obtain a confirmatory opinion by a panel of not more than three (3) veterinary surgeons appointed by the Auctioneer at the Purchaser’s expense, before a notice of cancellation of Sale is accepted by the Auctioneer. 20. OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY 20.1. To the extent that a vendor or a purchaser or their employees or agents may conduct any activities on the premises of the Sale venue then that Vendor or purchaser shall be responsible, to the exclusion of the auctioneer, for establishing and observing appropriate occupational health and safety procedures, and for complying with any relevant legislation provisions, in relation to those activities.   20.2. A vendor or purchaser conducting any actives on the premises of the Sale Venue does so at his own risk in all respects and must indemnify the Auctioneer in respect of any claims for personal injury or damage to property which may be made against the Auctioneer arising out of any such activities. 21. ATTORNEY 21.1. The Vendor and the Purchaser for the purpose of enabling the Auctioneer to give full force and effect to these Conditions, each irrevocably appoint the Auctioneer his true and lawful attorney, with full force power in his name or in the name of the Auctioneer to do all things, to take all such action, to sign and execute all such documents, and to give such instructions for the purpose of these Conditions as may be necessary or in the Auctioneer’s opinion desirable, and hereby agree to ratify and affirm anything done by the Auctioneer as such attorney. 22. MANDATORY RACE SERIES PAYMENT 22.1. All yearlings purchased from Allwood Stud 2018 SA Yearling Sale are eligible for the Series Race subject to the mandatory payment by the Purchaser on the day of the sale of $550 (GST inc). For the avoidance of doubt this payment is mandatory and will be added to the purchase price and is due and payable in accordance with Clause 10.2 22.2 All yearlings passed in at Allwood Stud 2018 SA Yearling Sale are eligible for the Series Race subject to the mandatory payment by the Vendor of $550 (GST inc). For the avoidance of doubt this payment is mandatory and will be added to the Commission in accordance with Clause 4.1 and the Cataloguing Fee in accordance with Clause 5.1 . 22.3 There is no Commission payable on the mandatory Series Race payment. 23. SERIES RACE CONDITIONS   23.1 The following Series Race rules are conditional rules, and will be confirmed once the final acceptances for the 2018 Allwood Stud Yearling Sale are announced: 23.2 The Series Race to be held no earlier than June 1, 2019. 23.3 The Series Race will carry $100,000 in total prize money, with a minimum prize money for all runners of $1,000 before deductions. This is subject to the 2018 Allwood Stud Yearling Sale being fully subscribed. 23.4 Nominations for the Series Race will close 2 weeks prior to the Series Race. In the event that more than 11 horses nominate for the Series Race, heats will be run the week prior to the Series Race for a minimum advertised stake of $10,000. In the event that heats are run, the runners for the Series Race will be determined by the finishing order of the heats. 23.5 All races will be PBD/Sex. 23.6 A $1,000 acceptance fee for all runners that make the Series Race will apply, to be deducted from prize money. 23.7 The Series Race conditions are subject to change at any time. 23.8 The decisions of 2018 Allwood Stud Sales Committee & HRSA are final.  

Chicago Bull's return to the racetrack earlier this month was nothing short of sensational. The Little Bull returned to the harness racing track after his stellar summer - dominant wins in the Group 1 $300,000 Fremantle Cup (2536m) and the Group 1 $450,000 WA Pacing Cup (2936m) - in an unsuitable scamper over the 1730m sprint trip at Gloucester Park. He was drawn wide and was taking on race-hardened rivals, some of whom were good frontrunners and were being touted as hard to get over but it all mattered for little when Chicago Bull's regular driver Gary Hall Jr asked the pony-sized pacer for an effort after the field settled down following the early speed burn. Chicago Bull accelerated so quickly that he went from first to last and took the lead from Erskine Range at the bell lap. A second quarter of 27.5 had his rivals off the bit and chasing hard but the little bloke had plenty in reserve as he led the field home. New World Order and Our Jericho were taking ground off Chicago Bull near the line, but the bird had well and truly flown. It was an outstanding return to the racetrack - the mile rate for the 1730m was 1:53.2, only 0.8 of a second outside of Run Oneover's track record for the distance - and underlined the raw talent of Chicago Bull. On Friday night at Gloucester Park Chicago Bull takes on a field of M2-M4 pacers in the $23,000 Buy A Share In A Horse Today With Trotsynd Pace (2130m) and he will be odds-on to take his prize money past the $900,000 mark and lift his splendid record to 20 wins and eight placings from his 32 starts. It's an imposing record and one that Chicago Bull will certainly add to in the future. The Chicago Bull drive is just one of many top drives for champion reinsman Hall. He also has excellent prospects of taking home the major end of the purse in the Try Our New Winter Menu at Steelo's Westbred Pace (2130m) with the much-improved Soho Wall Street. This Glenn Elliott-trained horse has "jumped out of the ground" of late and has now progressed to fast-class ranks. He can win again on Friday night, despite the wide draw.  Junior also has sound each-way prospects in earlier events with Three Blind Mice in the Trotsynd - The Cheapest and Easiest Way to Own a Horse Pace  (2130m) and Beaudiene Boaz in the $35,000 Winter Cup (2536m).  Wayne Currall

Division remains within Greater Shepparton City Council around the merits of a masterplan for land in Kialla, a week before submissions are heard on the matter at an independent planning panel. Some councillors continued to harbour concerns about the Valley Harness and Greyhound Racing Precinct feasibility study and masterplan at this week’s council meeting. Others stressed Tuesday night’s meeting was not the time and place to debate the merits of the plan, just to note council’s position on the matter heading into the panel. The motion to note the council’s position provoked further disagreement around whether the council’s resolution made any difference at all. Councillors Les Oroszvary, Shelley Sutton and Fern Summer voted against noting the position, with remaining councillors voting for the position and Cr Chris Hazelman declaring a conflict of interest, opting out of discussion. With regard to submissions received for an amendment to the planning scheme, councillors ultimately voted to note officers’ response for referral and presentation to the panel and to note officers may exercise discretion to best achieve the general position council adopted. At this week’s meeting, Cr Dennis Patterson hoped the panel’s findings would give the council ‘‘good direction’’. Speaking against the motion, Cr Summer said she had ‘‘lost a lot of confidence in this project’’, while Cr Oroszvary stressed the panel only made recommendations, not the final decision on the matter. Mayor Dinny Adem described the motion being considered as irrelevant, before chief executive Peter Harriott clarified. ‘‘It is relevant to the point that the independent panel will wonder where officers are coming from.’’ Wrapping up, Cr Patterson said the motion being considered was to ‘‘note the officers’ response’’. ‘‘We’ve gone from noting their response to full stage war,’’ he said. A September resolution had directed officers to prepare and exhibit a planning scheme amendment, seeking to implement findings of the master plan. Fifteen of 21 submissions received had objected or requested changes to the proposed amendment and remain unresolved, some relating to flood modelling and concerns around land use. ‘‘As such, all submissions have been referred to an Independent Planning Panel appointed by the Minister for Planning for consideration,’’ the report read. Council officers’ position at the panel hearing argues the proposal is consistent with council’s adopted policies and strategies and no changes to the flood controls or flood mapping are proposed as part of the planning scheme amendment. The officers’ report estimates the cost of the independent planning panel for this amendment at about $10000. ‘‘Additional costs will be incurred if legal representation and/or expert witnesses are required. This may cost approximately $30000,’’ the report said. By Thomas Moir Reprinted with permission of the Shepparton News

Harness racing three-year-old pacer Johns Legacy delivered his best effort this season to break his maiden status in the Carlton Draught Stakes in Launceston last Sunday night. With talented young driver Jack Laugher in the cart Johns Legacy was able to lead but the driver cleverly opted to take a trail when the race favourite Williamtell ($2.50) scooted around the field to attack for the lead. Williamtell sped clear turning for home but when Laugher eased Johns Legacy ($16) out to challenge the gelding powered home to score by two metres from Chenin Valley that also sprouted wings in the straight with the favourite third. Johns Legacy's trainer Cleone Hill was thrilled with the result and praised the effort of Tasmania's leading junior driver. "That was a top drive from Jack (Laugher)," Hill said. Johns Legacy is a special horse to Hill as he was the last foal bred by her late father John Jetson. "He is a very special horse for us as he was the very first foal born after Dad (John Jetson) passed away. "My son Scott named him Johns Legacy, which was the perfect fit," Hill said. Jetson was a very successful owner-breeder. He owned popular sire JR Mint and he part-owned the highly rated sire Time Stands Still. Hill prepares a small team and operates an agistment farm on her late father's property Jetsonville Park situated on the North-East Coast near Scottsdale. Johns Legacy is expected to have his next start in Launceston on Sunday week. Peter Staples

Prominent Hunter trainers Michael Formosa and Clayton Harmey are disappointed with the lack of transparency about the potential loss of Newcastle International Paceway but believe a move to an industry-owned training centre and harness racing track would be a winner. The Herald reported on Friday that Wests Group had guaranteed to contribute at least $10 million towards a potential $20 million rugby league centre of excellence to be built next to McDonald Jones Stadium at the Broadmeadow paceway site. The multi-million dollar paceway, which opened in 1989, is built on crown land Newcastle Harness Racing Club has a lease on until 2027. However, the centre of excellence bid, and plans to transform Broadmeadow’s sporting precinct, could lead to the state government funding a new home for Hunter harness racing to free up the existing site. East Maitland thoroughbred training track Fairhall Park is believed to be among locations pacing authorities are exploring. Hunter harness racing also has land at Black Hill, given to the sport in the 1970s, but the parcel cannot be built on because it is part of a zoned green corridor. While any changes appear years away, Formosa and Harmey were frustrated with the lack of information coming from pacing authorities.  “The disappointing thing is that we’re reading all these different things in the paper and no one’s even told us,” Formosa said.  However, both were encouraged by the potential for an industry-owned training and track centre. “At the end of the day, harness racing needs to buy its own place, build its own facilities and bring people in,” Harmey said. “There’s nowhere around here where you can encourage people to get into the game, because you can’t get stables anywhere. They need to have a training centre and encourage people to stable horses on track. If they built something the same as Menangle, it’ll be full straight away.” Formosa was confident Harness Racing NSW “will take control of the situation and do what has to be done”. “But you can’t be spending money on property you don’t own,” he said. “I think we are probably better off in the long run if something is owned by Harness Racing NSW and run by them too. To be honest, I don’t know why they’ve spent so much money on something [at Newcastle] they’ve had leased for so little time. I thought they would have at least a 50-year lease when it started.” Newcastle will hold a nine-race program on Friday from 5.02pm highlighted by two heats of the NSW Rising Stars series featuring Maitland reinsman Brad Elder and Daniel Morgan. Formosa trialed stable star Ultimate Art at Newcastle on Wednesday night ahead of his run from gate one in the group 1 Len Smith Mile at Menangle Park on Sunday. Harmey, meanwhile, believed Cessnock provided sites worthy of consideration in the search for a potential new Hunter headquarters. Harmey, who lives at Nulkaba and stables his horses at Cessnock Showground, was encouraged by early proposals from his local council, who have expressed their interest in providing land for a potential harness racing centre. He said the former Kurri Kurri hydro-aluminium site would be an ideal location. “There’s power and water there and it’s central for everyone who trains around here and it’s right on the freeway,” he said. By Craig Kerry Reprinted with permission of The Newcastle Herald

Brilliant two-year-old filly Cott Beach has been given a freshen up by Blythewood harness racing trainer Gary Elson and will prove the testing material in the $30,000 Westsired 2YO Pace (2130m) at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Cott Beach burst on to the scene with a slashing last-to-first victory in the $50,000 Champagne Classic (2130m) in April. On that occasion, race driver Nathan Turvey dropped the Advance Attack filly to the rear of the field and then brought her with a barnstorming finish that saw her swamp the leaders in the straight to win running away. It was the run of a horse with the potential to add much more to her stakes of more than $52,000. Since Cott Beach's win in the Champagne Classic, she has finished fourth and second behind the smart Miss Sangrial - and there were legitimate excuses for the filly's efforts on both occasions. Her run to finish fourth behind Miss Sangrial at Bunbury in May was out of character. Turvey told stewards after the race that Cott Beach became unsettled after a false start and when the race did get under way she over-raced and pulled herself into the ground after racing wide and at the back of the field behind winner Miss Sangrial. Then at headquarters at her next start she finished second, beaten only 4.6m behind Miss Sangrial after matching motors down the back straight and all the way to the line. At GP on Friday night, Cott Beach will come out of gate two and most punters will expect Turvey to give her her head at the start and take up the running from her inside draw. Cott Beach has shown a blistering turn of foot from the mobile in the past. Her first three wins were recorded after Turvey sent her to the front after she sped out of the machine. She was always going to draw well in the preferential barrier draw that gives fillies the inside marbles over the colts and geldings and when she came up with gate two it guaranteed that Cott Beach would be sent out as the favourite with punters. Her sire Advance Attack has been a revelation this season. He is the leading 2YO sire in WA with eight wins, four seconds and a third from 29 starts. Hardest for Cott Beach to beat on Friday night could be the filly who is drawn directly inside of her, Infinite Symbol. This Julie O'Neill-trained filly recorded a hat-trick of wins when she downed The War Nurse and Miss Sangrial at headquarters last Friday night over the sprint trip of 1730m. It was a tough win from the Indomitable Saab filly, following her earlier victories at Pinjarra and Bunbury. She has speed out of the machine - evidenced by her all-the-way victory at Pinjarra when she was sent forward from a wide draw to take up the running - but her driver Wayne Reid may elect to take the trail behind the speedy Cott Beach. Either way, the two fillies are set to dominate the event and the early speed battle could very well determine the outcome of the race. Wayne Currall

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Racing Queensland has announced prizemoney increases of $3.2 million for next financial year across the three codes of racing. RQ chief executive Eliot Forbes said the injection was a result of better-than-forecast returns from wagering. He said that while the control body will still post a financial loss this year, the board was mindful of “enhancing participants’ returns.” It is the first increase in prizemoney for Queensland racing since the Tracking to Sustainability reforms made cuts across the board last year. The thoroughbred code has been allocated $2.28 million of the boost, with a ninth race, valued at $30,000, set to be added to all Saturday metropolitan programs and provincial prizemoney at the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Ipswich boosted to $16,000 (excluding maidens). Harness racing will receive an additional $505,000, with an allocation boosting Redcliffe’s Wednesday and Thursday programs to have five races at $4450 and three at $3450. Greyhound racing will receive $415,000 in extra money, with increases of $40-$80 to all short course non-metropolitan class TAB meetings. “Improved wagering turnover and changes to the Race Information Fee (RIF) framework have enhanced revenue and a continued focus on costs will lead to a much-improved financial result for 2016/17,” Forbes said. “RQ has a strategic goal over the next three years to boost prize money in a sustainable manner and to continue to invest in significant infrastructure projects across all three codes, while working with clubs to improve attendance and commercial returns.” By Nathan Exelby Reprinted with permission of The Courier-Mail  
Veteran harness racing trainer Paul Hill reaffirmed his status as the king of the kids when he snared the feature two-year-old double at Luxbet Park Hobart in Tasmania last night. Hill prepared star filly Ideal Bliss to win his third consecutive Group 3 Evicus Stakes final and his handy colt Feelin Dusty led throughout to give Hill his second Dandy Patch from the past three editions. "I've been very fortunate to have had some very talented young horses in my care in recent years and I'm hoping this isn't the end of my good run," Hill said. "Ideal Bliss is a very good filly and I have no doubt she will develop into a very good three-year-old." "I also have a decent opinion of Feelin Dusty and when he drew gate two I rated him a top chance of winning even though the raps were big on Todd Rattray's horse (Izaha). "When Ricky (Duggan) was able to lead and not spend too much early on Feelin Dusty I was confident my horse would be very hard to beat and that's how it panned out." Ideal Bliss, owned and bred by Charlie and Connie Beadman, was sent out the $1.40 favourite despite drawing the inside of the second row. However, her driver Rohan Hillier snagged her out the back at the start to ensure he could find a spot in the one-out line while Inwil ($8) showed good speed to lead. Hillier sent Ideal Bliss  (American Ideal-Blissfull Grace) around the field at the bell and when he moved alongside the leader at the top of the home straight she forged clear but had to pull out all stops to fend off Inwil that made a late charge with Jeanette Barry a close-up third. Feelin Dusty ($2.30fav) showed brilliantly gate speed to easily hold the front in the Dandy Patch while Run Wick ($11) faced the breeze with Izaha ($2.40) on its back enjoying the one-out-one-back position. But a lap out and unhappy with the modest tempo Rattray sent Izaha up to face the breeze and put some pressure on the leader and they singled out to fight out the finish. Feelin Dusty responded when Duggan called on the gelded son Mr Feelgood for the big effort and he went on to score by over 10 metres from Izaha with Pezzamystic over 15 metres away third. Peter Staples
The Victorian racing industry wanted conditions placed on Victoria's next wagering licence option that would have fettered the state government, the tribunal hearing the Tabcorp-Tatts merger ruled. The proposal – jointly put forward by Racing Victoria, Harness Racing Victoria and Greyhound Racing Victoria – was condemned by the Australian Competition Tribunal as involving a "degree of political and commercial unreality". "In some respects the proposed changes are anti-competitive themselves," the tribunal concluded in its judgment, which gave the green light to the merger of Tabcorp and Tatts. The Victorian racing bodies wanted to compel Tabcorp to participate in the next Victorian licence process and use its "best endeavours" to ensure a bid is successful. Tabcorp holds the current Victorian licence, which expires in 2024. The Tabcorp joint venture is Victorian racing's major source of funding. "Given the uncertainty surrounding the Victorian licence, such a condition is unreasonable," ruled the tribunal, which was presided over by Justice John Middleton. The Victorian racing industry also wanted Tabcorp to enter into new arrangements on identical terms with the existing joint venture. That was slammed as "inappropriate" by the tribunal. "Such a condition fetters the freedom of the Victorian government to restructure licence arrangements, likely compels Tabcorp to pay a non-commercial price and puts Tabcorp at a competitive disadvantage," the tribunal said. Victorian racing's unsuccessful attempt to shape the next licence is unlikely to be viewed favourably by the Racing Minister Martin Pakula and the state government, which is responsible for structuring the licence auction. The Victorian government did not oppose the merger. As the tribunal noted, "with the only exception (Victoria) all of the state peak racing bodies supported the proposed merger and have put evidence before the tribunal to this effect". The tribunal also dismissed a claim by the Victorian racing industry that a decrease in funding for Victorian racing would lead to a decline in participation by international horses and, by extension, tourism. "The tribunal is not of the view that the merger will lead to a decrease in funding for the Victorian racing industry. The question of how Racing Victoria allocates its funding to premium events is not for the tribunal to determine, but is a matter for Racing Victoria." The Victorian racing industry was granted leave to intervene in the hearing after suggesting the merger would reduce competition for the next wagering licence and future returns to the racing industry. The industry has now been left with a legal bill running into hundreds of thousands of dollars. The merger was also opposed by racing.com and corporate bookmakers spearheaded by CrownBet. By Patrick Bartley Reprinted with permission of The Sydney Morning Herald
Teenage trots enthusiast Lachlan Prothero has joined Mildura Harness Racing Club’s board and hopes to draw more young faces trackside. Mr Prothero, who has served as a track attendant since September, pounced when the opportunity arose to play a bigger role in advancing the club. “About two weeks ago a spot opened up and I thought it would be good to give a young person’s insight to the committee,” he said. “As well as being able to help out with social media, when I look at the crowds, there are not as many young people and they are the future, so I will try and find ways to get young people along to the sport.” The 18-year-old has long had a passion for the trots, having been introduced to it by his dad, trainer Andrew. “All my life I have grown up around horses,” Mr Prothero said. “I drive track work a lot of the time.” He’s spent plenty of time in a sulky, having participated in pony trots for six years and represented Victoria in the Lizzie of Rosslands Junior Driver Series in New Zealand two years ago where he finished second overall. “I would like to eventually train and drive myself, after finishing year 12 of course and after a bit of university,” he said. “Being with the horses is the main part I enjoy and the different challenges that you can have with different horses. Just to get them to race for a start can be a challenge and then to win is another thing all together.”  Michael Howard (HRV Media/Communications Co-Ordinator)
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