Day At The Track
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Hillier to set the pace

Rohan Hillier currently sits third on the State’s Drivers Premiership table behind reigning champion Todd Rattray and the surging Ricky Duggan. The Beauty Point trainer-driver has enjoyed another fantastic season and goes into tonight’s meeting in Launceston quietly confident of success. “I’ve got a handy book of drives, a couple from my own stable and two from Paul Ashwood’s so I’m looking forward to the challenge,” said Rohan. Former Shakey Isles pacer Im Compliant kicks off Hillier’s night in the opening race on the card the Bevan Lee’s Butchery Pace over 1680-metres. “Im Compliant came across from New Zealand earlier in the year and scored impressively in Hobart first-up and followed up with 0two strong performance in Launceston winning narrowly over a couple of smart ones like Buster William, Offthetopofmyhead and Koolaz Elvis,” said Hillier. “I’ve given him three months off so he will be short of a run but his class will carry him a long way.” RocknRoll Turbo (pictured) has drawn the pole position in race two the Lyndon and Gail Menegon – El Jays Mystery Stakes 0ver 1680-metres. “Turbo has a great draw, he’s the punter’s pal, he’s run favourite nine times and has saluted on eight occasions from a dozen starts, I believe he can lead and if he does I’ll be very disappointed if he doesn’t win,” said the four-year-old gelding’s trainer. The Paul Ashwood-trained Somebeachsomewhere-Bylong Bele gelding Miracle Marcus won it’s first race start in Launceston in April of last year and then had the misfortune to run into a Todd Rattray two-year-old on debut by the name of Ignatius which is now regarded as the three-year-old champion of Australasian Harness racing. Miracle Marcus has raced throughout Victoria and  South Wales in the past 14 months before returning to Tasmania earlier in the month for a first-up second to Beam Me Up Chopper and will contest the Rick and Naomi Hinds-Nostra Beach Stakes. “He won on the road at Echuca and Wagga and we’ve drawn inside the second line so I will be looking to work off the pegs in the early stages which will give him his best chance,” said Hillier. Rohan’s final drive for the night is behind Max Design in the Two-Year-old feature the Olympus Feeds Golden Slipper. The Bettors Delight-Lady Euthenia colt has had four runs in New South Wales for a victory at Goulburn and a placing at Menangle in his first campaign. “This will be his first run in Tasmania, Paul tells me he is working well so I’m looking forward to the drive and to seeing how he feels.” Tonight’s Launceston Pacing Club meeting commences at 17.14 and can be seen on the live stream service at tasracing.com.au. Shane Yates

Let It Ride,Harness racing

Emerging star wins Blacks A Fake

Tim Butt knows a thing or two about preparing a Grand Circuit winner. The champion horseman has prepared more Grand Circuit winners than any other trainer in this part of the world….and by a good margin! His tally now stands at 52 (17 pacing & 35 trotting events). And his latest winner came via the final leg of the 2017/18 Australian Pacing Gold Grand Circuit season, the Gr.1 $200,540 UBET Blacks A Fake Queensland Championship at Albion Park tonight (Saturday). Rising star Let It Ride ($4.30) confirmed his status as a genuine star of the future with a brilliant and resounding victory in the 2680m feature event when easily defeating Atomic Red ($3.90 fav) and Alleluia ($32.60) in a track record time of 1:54.8 (Our Hi Jinx held previous mark at 1:55.0). Handled by star reinsman Dexter Dunn who overcame an illness the night prior, the recent Gr.1 Breeders Challenge winner was given a perfect run in behind the pace setting Atomic Red before racing clear soon after straightening. With Glenferrie Hood and Tact Tate both leaving the gate with urgency, Dunn bided his time before charging forward quickly to take the lead away from Glenferrie Hood at the 2000m mark. The winning move came shortly after when Dunn elected to take cover behind the hard-running Atomic Red. The lead time was covered in 74.9 seconds. Atomic Red led the way from Ultimate Art who improved his position quickly while Let It Ride sat perfectly in the trail. The first half of the final mile was covered in 29.2 and 29.4 seconds. Entering the back straight, Atomic Red led from Ultimate Art and Let It Ride while Cruz Bromac improved three-wide solo with My Field Marshal catching his cover. Cruz Bromac raced roughly mid-way down the back straight and checked My Field Marshal while Carlas Pixel and Ohoka Punter also copped interference. The third quarter was covered in 28.9 seconds. At the top of the home straight, Atomic Red attempted to kick away but Let It Ride quickly loomed to his outside and the put the result beyond doubt very quickly. The winning margin was a widening 13.5m over Atomic Red while there was a further 4.5m back to Alleluia in third. The final quarter was timed in 28.7 seconds. “We got a perfect trip and got lucky to follow the right horse throughout, he took us right to the home straight and I knew my guy was feeling great in the pocket and he quickened nicely over the latter part.” Dunn said. For Dunn, it was his 7th Grand Circuit victory. Again, the management of Butt was pinpoint accurate following his decision earlier this week to bypass the original target of the 4yo Championship (support feature) and concentrate on the main event coupled with flying Dunn in from New Zealand to partner the gelding. At the time, it was a big gamble but one that has paid handsome dividends. It was first test against genuine open class rivals. Let It Ride has now won 15 of his 27 starts. Connections will now switch their focus towards the Inter Dominion series in Melbourne later this year. The 2017/18 Australian Pacing Gold Grand Circuit season is now complete with global superstar Lazarus set to be crowned champion after amassing 304 points throughout the term. Lazarus finished well clear of Soho Tribeca (205) and Tiger Tara (145). Chris Barsby

The Bucket List,harness racing

Track record for The Bucket List

Last night Friday 20th July the feature race at Gloucester Park, Perth, Western Australia was the 2018 BOTRA Cup which was a standing start affair of 12 horse's handicapped on career performance. The winner The Bucket List came off the lone 50 metre handicap giving his rivals a 10 to 50 metre start, however the 8 year old gelding son of Christian Cullen out of the American bred mare Saddle Ridge who was having his 101 start showed all his class to over run the opposition down the home straight to win by over 2 metres. Click this link for the race replay: http://media.harness.org.au/wa/GPM20071813.mp4 The mile rate for the 2503 metre standing start race was a NEW TRACK RECORD of 1.57.2MR with sectionals of Lead Time..:68.2...First Quarter..:29.4..Second Quarter..:29.8.... Third Quarter..:29.1..Fourth Quarter:..29.5 .. The Bucket List career now stands..101 Starts..22 Wins..28 Seconds..12 Thirds.. Prize money of over $443,000 and a best of 1.55.3MR for a host of owners.. D T Roberts, D P Skelton, M J Harding, G S Black, P J Skelton, S L Beven, B J Anderson, G A Skelton, K L Grantham, M P Young and Trainer {Mr Nice Guy} Michael Brennan .. The Bucket List was bred in New Zealand by Bruce Carter Bloodstock Ltd, R C Johnson and is a descendant from the USA maternal family U2-Jessie Pepper .. Click this link for his six generation pedigree..https://classicfamilies.net/CF/Pedigree.aspx?HorseID=10171115&Dup=XDUP Closely related Classic Winning family members include.. Daylon Blue 1983 by Armbro Omaha - 1:56.3US $215,892+ Campage 1997 by Rampage Hanover - 1:52.3US $132,874 + Carabella 2007 by Bettors Delight - 1:55.2 $693,615+ Athena Blue Chip 1992 by Goalie Jeff - 1:50.3US $457,118 + Arts Chip 2000 by Artsplace - 1:49.3US $726,999+ Jo Pas Fod 2007 by Art Major - 1:51.2US $202,156+ Extreme Machine 2010 by Mach Three - 1:51.4US $137,093+ Melina Mercouri 1994 by Goalie Jeff - 1:51.1US $234,174 + Cedarwood Chips 1977 by Adios Vic - 1:56.0US $532,560+ Cedarwood Flight 1980 by Windshield Wiper - 1:55.4US $201,526+ Farley Almahurst 1987 by Ralph Hanover - 1:58.1US $203,795+ Keystone Fabulous 1986 by Albatross - 1:54.0US $210,805+ Keystone Famous 1979 by Keystone Ore - 1:54.4US $460,066+ My Gal Mattie 2009 by Tulane - 1:51.2US $150,844 + Thailand 1986 by Tyler B - 1:53.1US $166,221 + Kevin Dinnigan Standardbred Breeding For All For all your breeding data .http://standardbred.wixsite.com/standardbredbreeding  

Blacks A Fake,Harness racing

Blacks A Fake honoured

The biggest night of the Albion park harness racing calendar is finally here and the competition looks as fierce as ever. Tomorrow night we will honour the famed pacer Blacks A Fake, who earnt over $4.5mil with 72 wins under his belt. Trained & driven by Natalie Rasmussen, he won the 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2010 Inter Dominion Championships - making him the only four-time winner of Australasia's premier harness race. Other achievements include wins in the Queensland Winter Cup (3 times), Victoria Cup, Hunter Cup and three Australian Horse of the Year titles. The $200,000 grand circuit event, the "UBET Blacks A Fake" starts as race 8 on the program at 8.40pm. Race favourite, Atomic Red lines up against last week’s Garrard’s Sunshine Sprint winner, Tact Tate as well as the likes of Let It Ride, My Field Marshall, Cruz Bromac and Glenferrie Hood. Additional group races on the program include the G1 QBred Triad Finals for the two year olds, G2 AQWA Constructions Queensland Derby, G3 Ted & Edna Badcock Memorial 4YO Championship and G3 Haras Des Trotteurs Marathon. The program also highlights Australasia’s most talented drivers in the Garrard’s Horse & Hound Drivers Invitation Pace with New Zealand’s Dexter Dunn joining Queensland drivers Nathan Dawson, Grant Dixon, Pete McMullen, Gary Whitaker and Kelli Dawson alongside interstate competitors Luke McCarthy, Chris Geary, Amanda Turnbull, Anthony Butt, Matthew Craven and Rob Morris. For the meetings full form analysis and selections refer to Racing Queensland harness racing specialist Darren Clayton’s deliberations on the meeting: http://www.harness.org.au/punting/punters-corner/form-analysis/?keyNum=221470 The race meeting has a number of exquisite betting propositions courtesy of wagering service provider UBET. Headlining these offers is a $25K First 4 jackpot pool on race 1 scheduled for 5:08pm EST. This is complimented by a $5K First 4 jackpot pool on race 8, the UBET Blacks A Fake. Additionally, a $2.5K Quadrella jackpot is listed for races 2 to 5 with the first leg due at 5:42pm EST which is complimented by $2K jackpot Trifectas on races 3 to 6. The first race of an action packed 10 event card begins at 5.08pm EST. For further information contact the Club on 07 3262 2577 or info@aphrc.com.au Racing Queensland

THAT maxim was well illustrated at last Wednesday night’s Bathurst Gold Crown Paceway meeting where three of the six winners extended their winning streaks. Shandance NZ, the well-bred and magnificently-conformed Art Major filly that bloodstock agent Stu Valentine wasn’t able to sell, made it four-on-the-trot here in Australia with a sterling win against C1 company, setting the tone for the evening’s winners. An outstanding drive by Mitch Turnbull, working clear of a three-fence possie to storm down the outside, also set the standard for the night, and racecaller Luke Marlow didn’t spot a more-deserving effort for the Drive-of-the-Night award. “I just hope Dad stays up in  Queensland a bit longer, so I can keep the drive on her and some of the others," commented Mitch, grinning like a pleased winner and definitely not tongue-in-cheek. Take another couple of weeks, Steve! Ominous Warning (John O’Shea for Peter Trevor-Jones ) racked up his third successive win, leading for most of the 2260 metres Reward Series final heat, after O’Shea utilised his high speed to easily loop the field mid-way through the first lap. From there, it was a virtual procession, and  the eight-metres margin back to Walk On Kimmy and the chasing pack could have been extended had O’Shea elected to ease his grip. The six-year-old has spent almost three years, in total, on the sidelines from a series of leg injuries, and his record of nine wins from just 19 starts is just reward to his connections for their patience and persistence. In the night’s fast-class, Mitch Turnbull got his driving double, when Smithstars Lexus scored his third successive Bathurst win, charging late out wide to just grab big sister Amanda on Hidden Courage and Im Cool Harry, which must be getting sick of the sight of the winner after being run down by him in all three recent starts. It was win number 17 from 71 starts for the son of Broodmare of the Year Panoramic Lady, and took his earnings over the $100,000 mark. The other driving double of the meeting went to Jason Turnbull, with Miss Rodriguez (for Wayne White ) in C2-C3 grade, and his mother Wendy’s runner Rock Bottom NZ, in a 3YO sprint. Miss Rodriguez relished the fast pace, with a 56.7s middle half, and was able to get a tag into the race behind Bernie Hewitt’s Our Little Digger, just getting the bob in on the line from that horse, with Bradness Eldefuego holding on remarkably well for third after racing three-wide without cover for the last lap. Rock Bottom NZ led throughout, dashing home in 27.7s for a 1:57.7 win, putting behind him a string of three successive second placings after a debut win when he first arrived from New Zealand. He looks a real prospect, and has the breeding to match - by Bettors, from classy Sands A Flyin  racemare Whanau, making him a full-brother to prolific winner Mabrook and a half to good Bathurst pacer Skirmish. Amanda Turnbull broke a surprising run of outs on her home track with the good win of the family-owned Smooth Cash in the 2YO sprint that closed the meeting. The half-brother to a real family favourite in $300,000 earner Runaway Red, Smooth Cash missed away and settled last, before coming with a strong run to grab last-start winner Rainbow Comet right on the line. It was a courageous effort by the horse, and a deft, delicate touch from the driver. Bathurst race twice in the coming week, with Wednesday’s heats leading into Sunday’s NSW Breeders Challenge Regional Finals. Terry Neil

Champion reinsman Chris Alford has produced the greatest season by an Australian driver, officially breaking new ground with win number 389 at Geelong tonight. With a victory on $13-shot Dependlebury in the Flying Brick Original Cider Pace, Alford moved past Daryl Douglas' season record of 388 wins that had stood since the 2007-08 season. “It’s a mark that may never be beaten," caller Dan Mielicki told Trots Vision in the wake of Alford's win. "400 is in danger, and that’s a record that will stand for a very, very long time.” Alford entered today one shy of Douglas' record but won with his family's two-year-old trotting filly Sleepee at Stawell today and then made the 210km trek to Geelong to steer Dependlebury to an against-the-odds win. The achievement attracted much praise from his peers and trots fans. Read More Michael Howard For Trots media

Talent comes in many forms. And in many shapes and sizes. But for Luke McCarthy, as a kid growing up in Bathurst, all he wanted to do was horses, or harness racing to be more precise. He would shadow his father John with the family horses, always keen and eager to learn as much as possible.  The young country kid dreamed big. And when the family packed up their home and headed to the ‘big smoke’ of Brisbane, young McCarthy put plans in place. As a fresh-faced teenager, he captured much of the public imagination with his precocious talent and his unparalleled skillset in the sulky which netted many features in a short space of time. Owners and trainers alike were flocking to utilize his services on race day. It was all but impossible not to fall for him, so splendid were his gifts, so endearing his personality. From a very young age, he was destined to become a big time harness racing driver. And he can drive fast. Never fussed on achieving high academic grades, he watched time tick by at school until the bell sounded so he could get home and grade his equine students on the family property. He would mark his calendar and counted the days down until the next set of school holidays so he could spend time with the likes of famous Turnbull clan at The Lagoon and the legendary Brian Hancock. His thirst for knowledge was unwavering. He would ply his trade at every available opportunity, always looking to hone his style after watching as much vision as possible. His first drive resulted in success, steering Castle Belles to victory at Redcliffe on March 5, 1999. Now boasting over 2200 lifetime victories, McCarthy has firmly established himself as one of the best big race drivers in the sport. His winning drive behind Muscle Hill (widely regarded as the greatest trotter of all-time) in the 2009 World Trotting Derby at DuQuoin, Illinois is a clear illustration of his talent. He has 55 Gr.1 victories while 12 have come via the Grand Circuit. And 8 of those Grand Circuit triumphs have come at his favourite track – Albion Park. This weekend, he can add to that tally. McCarthy will partner star mare Carlas Pixel in the Gr.1 $200,540 UBET Blacks A Fake Queensland Championship. The Dean Braun trained mare must overcome gate 13, the outside of the second-line in the 2680m mobile feature. Gambling giant UBET has listed Carlas Pixel as a $10 chance. “We’ve got a good shot; I know the draw looks bad on paper but I still think she’s good enough to win, she felt so strong last week and should improve a little further with the extra week up here. We just need a strong first lap which will bring us right into it.” McCarthy said. Carlas Pixel thrashed her rivals in her Queensland debut when brilliantly winning the Fleur De Lil Ladyship Stakes against her own sex. History is against the fairer sex in this event, first staged in 1969, only one mare has proven successful, champion mare Tailamade Lombo scored back in 2000. McCarthy guided Cobbity Classic to victory in 2004 followed by Slipnslide (2005/06), Mr Feelgood (2010/11), Washakie (2012), Ideal Scott (2013) and For A Reason (2014). During a decade long reign, only Blacks A Fake (2008/09) stopped a McCarthy family clean sweep of the Sunshine State feature. Now based in Sydney near Menangle, McCarthy has only scored one Grand Circuit victory in his home state, he took the winning drive behind Washakie in the 2010 Treuer Memorial when defeating Blacks A Fake while other Grand Circuit triumphs have come via Melbourne with For A Reason and Mr Feelgood (Victoria Cup) while Bling It On (Hunter Cup - 2017) is his most recent winner. And while he craves more success on the Grand Circuit, he’s chuffed with what he’s got and where he’s got it. “Make no mistake, I love driving at Albion Park and enjoy getting back there as often as I can. I suppose because we had so much family success at the track and because it provided a perfect spring board to where we are now, it makes it a special place and we all have so many great memories. “While I’ve been lucky enough to drive on so many great tracks around the world, I still rate Albion Park as my favourite venue to drive at. All of us (Luke, Andy & Toddy) boys kicked off our careers here in Brisbane and we’ve all won big races here too along with dad. “I don’t take these victories for granted, it’s hard to get horses good enough for this grade let alone winning them. I can vividly remember all of my big race triumphs at this track and hopefully there’s another one just around the corner.” Judging by his recent efforts over the past three Saturday nights, his form is as good as ever. From 23 drives, McCarthy has landed 12 winners including his quintet last weekend. Interestingly, with all the glory he has achieved in Queensland, McCarthy has never won a state drivers premiership. However, he has dominated the metropolitan drivers’ premiership. McCarthy secured the Albion Park premierships during the 2001/02, 02/03, 03/04, 04/05, 05/06, 06/07 and 2009/10 seasons. His strike rate this season currently sits at 1 win in every 4 drives. His biggest season came via the 2006/07 term when he landed 164 winners. And only once during the past 17 seasons has McCarthy missed the century mark (2008/09 – 90 wins). Another feature McCarthy is chasing this weekend is the Gr.2 $75,540 AQWA Constructions Queensland Derby. He will partner boom pacer and race favourite Duplicated who starts from the coveted inside draw. Like Carlas Pixel, Duplicated hails from the stables of Braun. “This is a very serious prospect; he surprised me in a very good way last week when taking my first drive behind him. He was sharp and will improve plenty from the run; he’s got great stamina and a very high cruising pace. “I’m really looking forward to driving him again, he’ll be spot on and he’s the horse to beat. Dean’s a great trainer and a pleasure to drive for; I know he’s excited about the weekend too.” Duplicated is rated as a $1.40 elect with UBET. The McCarthy/Braun combination struck last year when they combined to win the Queensland Oaks with Shartin, now considered the best pacing mare in the world following a spate of big race victories in North America and Canada this year. Luke McCarthy Rates His Top 5: Muscle Hill ("and by a fair margin") Be Good Johnny Mr Feelgood Slipnslide Bling It On Special mentions – Famous Forever and All Speed Hanover. McCarthy will turn 36 in November this year. Chris Barsby

A win on the punt and a quick scroll through social media started a chain reaction that would lead Steve Salter, part-owner of dual Group 1 winner Tact Tate, from Victoria to Brisbane this weekend.  A masterful drive by Amanda Turnbull helped Tact Tate complete a long-awaited comeback to the winners’ stall in last week's Group 2 Sunshine Sprint, following a near 15-month stint on the sidelines through injury.   Salter bought into the gelding in August 2015 after Nathan Jack posted a notice via ‘Twitter’ that he and Turnbull were looking to syndicate a horse they’d bought from New Zealand. “I had a lucky win on the punt one day and then I saw that Nathan put it up on Twitter. I had always wanted to have one with Nathan and Amanda and I know Amanda likes the McArdles, so when I saw McArdle in the breeding I thought ‘Why not?’,” he said. “What I also bought into was a great bunch of owners. I have made lifelong friends and Nathan and Amanda have been terrific … I can’t speak highly enough of them.”  Tact Tate's Group 1 wins include the 2016 Nestle 4YO Bonanza and the 2017 Bohemia Crystal. But following the Bathurst Mayors cup in March 2017, scans showed the gelding had suffered a bone chip. He would race just once between then and June this year. Salter praised Nathan and Amanda for nursing Tact Tate back to full health.  “Hence the excitement after we won,” Salter said. “I had a few of my mates asking me ‘Why are you so excited, the Grand Final (Blacks A Fake) is next weekend’. “But it was the knowledge that we could have lost him that made the win all the more special.” Salter said he had now made lifelong friends in the ownership group, and hopes to be celebrating just as hard this weekend.  "I don't see any reaason why he couldn't (win). Hopefully he doesn't have to spend too much energy early. I'm worried about a couple inside us but if he shows the speed he did last week he can be up there. It's a Group 1 race and you've got to be in it to win it!"  Tact Tate can also earn his connections an extra $50,000 in UBET Grand Slam Bonuses, if he is able to win on Saturday night. A minor placing would also give them $15,000. Ohoka Punter and Celestial Arden can also earn their connections an extra $15,000 should either place or win.  By Alex Nolan Racing Queensland

A little under a year ago, it looked as if the career of star pacer Beaudiene Boaz was finished. The son of Badlands Hanover pulled up sore after track work, where it was later revealed he had done a suspensory ligament in his back leg. He was then sent for an operation, and missed all of the feature races over the summer period, including the Inter Dominion, which he finished third in in 2016. Trainer Gary Hall Snr said he doesn’t know how the six-year-old has been able to get back to the track, ahead of his return to racing in tomorrow night’s Garrards Horse & Hound For All Your Equine Needs Pace (2536m). “His track work and trial form has been pretty good,” he said. “He’s showing no signs of any problems. Beaudiene Boaz trialled at Pinjarra last Sunday, where he defeated stablemate Runrunjimmydunn over 2185m. Hall Snr said he got exactly what he wanted out of the trial with the Golden Slipper, WA Derby and Golden Nugget winner. “He came from last and won,” he said. “Runrunjimmydunn led, and Beaudiene Boaz went 1.56.8 for the journey on a wet track, which was reasonable.” Beaudiene Boaz has drawn barrier six for tomorrow night’s event, and faces a high quality field for his return to the track including star stablemate Chicago Bull, and the Kyle Harper-trained Bettors Fire. Hall Snr said despite the tricky assignment tomorrow night, he still felt Beaudiene Boaz was capable of finding his best form again and would take benefit from the run tomorrow. “If he doesn’t go sore, I expect him to get back to his best,” he said. “He won’t go east, but he will be set for the Fremantle and WA Pacing Cups. “He will go back at the start tomorrow night, and I expect him to be competitive, but I couldn’t imagine him beating Chicago Bull or Bettors Fire. “I’m sure he can run into the minors.” Chicago Bull, who returned to racing in winning fashion last Friday night, is again expected to be the one to beat tomorrow night, but Hall Snr said he would need to be at his best to beat Bettors Fire. “I’m happy with him,” he said. “I think Bettors Fire will be pretty hard to beat if he finds the front and Chicago Bull has to sit in the breeze.” Hall Snr also has Runrunjimmydunn to make his return tomorrow night, and was confident of a forward showing from the gelding first-up. Elsewhere on the night, Hall Snr said Lets Chase The Dream and Chok Chai were both in winnable races. The Gloucester Park meeting gets underway at 5.22pm. Tim Walker

Chicago Bull, the State’s best pacer, looms as a good thing at Gloucester Park on Friday night but he’ll be at very skinny odds again. Members of the WA Trotting Media Guild have all put the “Little Bull” on top but only two have made him their best bet at the meeting. Longshot maestro Pat Harding and Guild president Wayne Currall believe Chicago Bull will continue on his winning ways and have made him their best for the night, despite the short quote. “Could be a good night for our leading trainers - Gary Hall and Greg and Skye Bond,” Harding said. “They have the possibility of winning two thirds of the program between them. “After a spectacular return to racing last week, Chicago Bull is poised to strike again in the seventh race. With only a small field of seven it should be a good race between the “Little Bull” and Bettors Fire.” Currall agrees with Harding. “Chicago Bull couldn’t have been more impressive in his return to the track last week after a four-month spell,” he said. “He faces a bit more opposition from the likes of Runrunjimmydunn, Bettors Fire, Beaudiene Boaz and Galactic Star than he did last start, but he seems to have the measure of the locals and should be winning again.” Last season’s leading tipster Stuart Lowe is keen on Simba Bromac in the opening event. “My best bet is the ever-consistent Simba Bromac, who has won 14 times and been placed five times from 20 starts this season,” Lowe said. “Was a massive run from a wide draw in a strong field when a close-up third at Narrogin last start. Drawn two and should be able to lead all the way.” On-course announcer Ken Casellas has advised punters to be patient and wait until race nine on the 10-event card to unleash their hard-earned. “Itsnotova has yet to win a race from 14 starts, but he is knocking hard on the door and gets a great chance to break through on Friday night,” Casellas said. “The son of former champion pacer Mr Feelgood gets the nod as my best bet. He is handily drawn at barrier two on the back line and will follow out speedy beginner Flash Hunter.” The West Australian’s Ernie Manning believes the Mike-Reed trained Our Angel Of Harlem can continue on her winning ways. “High-priced New Zealand import Our Angel Of Harlem bounced back to her best and was most impressive when winning the Daintys Daughter Classic by 12m at Pinjarra on Monday,” Manning said. “The filly showed big potential in two Christchurch victories, but struck setbacks after a transfer to Perth. She won only once in her first seven WA starts and was unplaced in three appearances leading up to the Pinjarra triumph. But she now seems assured of more success.” TABradio’s Matt Young is a big fan of Chok Chai, which is a province in north-eastern Thailand. It’s certainly a topical tip in light of the recent dramatic cave rescue in that part of the world. “Chok Chai is second up and strips fitter,” Young said. “Over the longer trip he can overcome the bad draw with ease and should go on his winning way again.” The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft is waiting until the last race to launch into his best bet. “Majorpride was racing well prior to running seventh in the Gold Bracelet,” Havercroft said. “This is much easier and she should return to form in the last event on the card.” VALUE BETS Pat: The Halls and the Bonds do battle again in race five, but I think that El Jacko with Ryan Warwick aboard should prevail over the favourite Lets Chase The Dream. Wayne: Punters should forgive Forever Remembered her unplaced runs at her past two starts when she couldn’t get into the race. Prior to those efforts, she charged home from well back to finish a close second behind Michael Joseph and could get the fast pace she needs to show her best. Stuart: My value bet is Celestial Ruler, who worked hard and finished with a flat tyre when sixth here last week. Placed at two of previous four starts. Pole draw gives him good claims here. Ken: For value, I suggest Motu Premier in the BOTRA Cup, in which he will start off 40 metres at his second appearance after a spell. It is well worth considering that two starts ago Motu Premier ran on to finish fifth behind Soho Tribeca and Chicago Bull in the WA Pacing Cup in January. Ernie: Motu Premier is capable of running a bold race when racing second-up. He proved his class by finishing fourth in an Inter Dominion heat last November and he later ran fifth in the WA Pacing Cup. Matt: Motu Premier is second-up and has good standing-start form, gets the trip and should show his best. Ryan: Space Junk has won at six of nine local starts and has hardly put a foot wrong since resuming from a spell. A rise in class and an awkward draw means he should be near an each-way quote. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good Punting Wayne Currall  

New Zealand-bred filly Our Angel of Harlem shows promise of developing into an outstanding performer and she has bright prospects of overcoming the outside barrier (No. 9) on the front line and winning the Garrards Horse And Hound Pace for three-year-old fillies at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The Mike Reed-trained Our Angel of Harlem made amends for her first-up failure at 25/1 on two starts ago when she set the pace and wilted to fourth behind De La Tourbie at Pinjarra on Monday of last week by scoring a runaway victory in the group 3 Dainty’s Daughter Classic at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon. Starting at the lucrative odds on 11/2, Our Angel of Harlem began speedily from the No. 2 barrier but was forced to face the breeze outside the polemarker Infinite Symbol before Mark Reed obtained a favourable passage in the one-wide line. Our Angel of Harlem then was shuffled back to seventh at the bell before she unwound a spirited burst to charge to the front 250m from home and then raced away to win by four lengths from Amelias Courage, rating 1.56 for the 2185m journey. Reinforcing the excellence of the performance is the fact that the quarters of the final mile whizzed by in 29.8sec., 28.6sec., 28.3sec. and 28.1sec. The win was not unexpected, following the explanation of her shock defeat a week earlier. A post-raced veterinary examination then revealed that Our Angel of Harlem was showing symptoms consistent with choking down. Our Angel of Harlem’s driver Shannon Suvaljko explained to the stewards that in the straight racing for the bell De La Tourbie, who was in the breeze, started to contact her own sulky and overrace, and this caused Our Angel of Harlem to overrace. The following day an endoscopic examination revealed no abnormalities. Our Angel of Harlem certainly has the potential to emulate the deeds of Mike Reed’s star mare Libertybelle Midfrew, who as a four-year-old four years ago finished second to Sensational Gabby in the Group 3 Norms Daughter Classic and won the Group 1 Gold Nugget, beating Waylade. If Our Angel of Harlem continues to improve Reed is sure to contemplated setting her for the Golden Nugget and the major feature events for mares at the annual summer carnival at Gloucester Park. Our Angel of Harlem will again clash with Amelias Courage and De La Tourbie, each of whom will have admirers. Amelias Courage, trained by Colin Brown and to be driven by Dylan Egerton-Green, will start from the No. 7 barrier and De La Tourbie, to be driven by Chris Lewis for trainer Justin Prentice, is more favourably drawn at barrier four. Amelias Courage, with a record of nine wins, 12 seconds and two thirds from 37 starts, impressed at Pinjarra on Monday when she surged home from eighth at the bell to finish second to Our Angel of Harlem. That was Amelias Courage’s first outing for 11 weeks and she should be improved by the run. Liberty Rose, a winner at six of her 12 starts, trained by Gary Hall Snr and to be handled by Gary Hall Jnr, will start out wide at barrier eight at her first outing since she led from barrier two and won a C2-class event at Gloucester Park on June 19. The New Zealand-bred Semiramide, trained and driven by Nathan Turvey, will also have admirers after her stylish victory at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon when she raced in the breeze, took the lead with 350m to travel and defeated Arose For Me, rating 1.57.6 after sprinting over the final 400m of the 1684m event in 27.8sec. She will start from barrier five. The Ross Olivieri-trained Veiled Secret has won at four of her past eight starts and is capable of a bold showing from the outside of the back line Ken Casellas

On Thursday 5 July 2018, RWWA Stewards conducted an inquiry into a report received from the ChemCentre in Perth that the pre-race blood sample taken from BORONIA GULLY prior to it competing in and finishing tenth in Race 3 the Golden Glass Fillies and Mares MS Pace (1684m) at Pinjarra on Monday 18 June 2018 was found to have a level of total carbon dioxide content (TCO2) in excess of 36.0 millimoles per litre in plasma. This finding had been verified by Racing Analytical Services Limited Laboratory (RASL) in Victoria. Evidence was heard from RWWA Investigator Mrs Freya Bennett, RWWA Industry Veterinarian Dr Judith Medd, ChemCentre Analyst Ms Kelly Wilson and the Trainer Ms Stephanie Smith. Ms Smith pleaded guilty to the following charges; Under  HRR190 (1) and (2) – that Ms Smith as the trainer, presented BORONIA GULLY to race in Race 3 at Pinjarra on 18 June 2018 not free of the prohibited substance alkalinising agents, as evidenced by a concentration of TCO2 in excess of 36.0 millimoles per litre in plasma. Under HRR196C - that Ms Smith did administer the alkalinising agent EquiShure to BORONIA GULLY on Sunday 17 June 2018 which was engaged to race in Race 3 at Pinjarra on 18 June 2018, such administration being within one clear day of the commencement of the race, contrary to the provisions of Rule 196C. Under HRR190B(1)(b) – that Ms Smith failed to maintain a record of treatment of alkalinising agents and ulcer treatments to the mare BORONIA GULLY. Stewards having reserved their decision with respect to penalty, advised Ms Smith yesterday that a disqualification of 6 (six) months was being imposed with respect to the offence under HRR 190, that a fine of $2,000 was being imposed for the offence under HRR196C, and that a fine of $200 was being imposed for the failure to maintain a record of treatments to BORONIA GULLY. BORONIA GULLY which finished 10th was also disqualified from the race in question. In determining the penalties, stewards took into account amongst other things: Ms Smith’s very good record over a number of years in both Thoroughbred and Harness Racing. The professional and respectful manner in which Ms Smith conducted herself during the investigation and inquiry into this matter. The acknowledgement of all three offences. The question of the totality of penalties. The nature of the prohibited substance, being classed as potentially performance enhancing. The high levels of TCO2 reported by both the ChemCentre and RASL. Previous cases and penalties issued for the respective rules in question. The serious nature of these offences and the need for deterrence both general and specific.   Media Contact: Russell Quinn Manager Corporate Communications Ph: 9445 5418 M:  russell.quinn@rwwa.com.au

Talkerup revealed a sparkling turn of speed in a smart trial over 2185m at Pinjarra on Sunday morning and she looks hard to beat on her return to racing in the Garrards Horse And Hound One Stop Shop Mares Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Talkerup, a New Zealand-bred five-year-old trained at Serpentine by Gary Hall Snr, has been out of action for exactly 12 months and should have derived great benefit from her trial in which she was driven by Stuart McDonald. McDonald restrained Talkerup back to last in the seven-horse trial after she had been trapped three wide in the early stages. She then accelerated brilliantly after 550m and burst to the front 200m later. She led by three lengths at the 400m before she showed signs of fatigue as she drifted out in the home straight. But she still had plenty in hand to win by 5m from Lightning Jolt on the rain-affected track. Talkerup, who will be handled by Gary Hall Jnr from the favourable No. 3 barrier on the front line, has raced only 24 times for six wins, 12 placings and $57,228 in prizemoney. At her most recent appearance, Talkerup raced behind the pacemaker and finished a sound third behind Donegal Rundlescreek and Forever Remembered over 2536m at Gloucester Park on July 21, 2017. Talkerup’s chief rival looms large as Dodolicious, who is awkwardly drawn out wide at No. 8 on the front line. Dodolicious, who has a losing sequence of 14, gave a strong frontrunning display last Friday night when she finished a close second to Your Excused over 2130m. Dodolicious, trained by Greg and Skye Bond, has amassed $486,216 in stakemoney from 18 wins, 11 seconds and three thirds from 45 starts. She was an M3-class pacer five starts ago before dropping back to an M2 classification. Talkerup is still an M0-class performer. The two four-year-old mares in Friday night’s race are Susie Rocks and Soho Changeling and both will have many admirers. Susie Rocks was an impressive all-the-way winner over 2130m last Friday night, rating 1.57.5 and beating Im Stylish by a length. She will again be handled by Chris Lewis and faces a sterner task this week from barrier No. 7. The Ross Olivieri-trained Soho Changeling was an encouraging second to Millwood Molly two starts ago before she finished an unlucky sixth behind Susie Rocks last Friday night when she was blocked for clear run in the final circuit. Ken Casellas

Champion reinsman Gary Hall Jnr has received an unexpected opportunity to win the Garrards Horse And Hound BOTRA Cup for a record fifth time when he drives The Bucket List, the sole backmarker off 50 metres in the 2503m feature event at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Trainer Michael Brennan engaged Hall after The Bucket List’s regular reinsman Michael Grantham was suspended for seven days for causing interference in a race last Friday night. Grantham has driven The Bucket List to victory seven times and Hall has handled the eight-year-old only twice for a second placing behind Hectorjayjay in a 2536m mobile heat of the Inter Dominion championship at Gloucester Park in December 2016 and for a ninth in a field of nine in a 2503m stand on April 20 this year. The Bucket List gave a remarkable performance when ninth, only five lengths behind the winner Rock Diamonds. He started off 40m, broke into a gallop after 75m and settled down 130m behind the pacemaker The Real Nadal. The Bucket List made up an enormous amount of ground in the final circuit. He is a capable standing-start performer, with his 16 starts in stands in Western Australia producing seven wins, five seconds, two thirds, one fourth and one ninth. He had seven starts in stands in New Zealand for three wins (over 2500m, 2700m and 3000m), a second, two thirds and a sixth. History shows that it is extremely difficult to win off back marks in stands at Gloucester Park. The BOTRA Cup has been run 38 times and only one pacer, Highest Honour in 2005, has been successful after starting off the 50m mark. Three horses (Hilton Adonis, Spirit of Shard and Albert Jaccka) have won from 40m and the two winners from 30m were Speedy Cheval (1991) and Shattering Class (2000). Hall has driven the winner of the BOTRA Cup four times, scoring with Strike A Blow (2002), Spirit of Shard (2008), Classic American (2015) and the Brennan-trained Naughty Maravau in 2016. The only other driver to have won the BOTRA Cup four times is Chris Lewis, who scored with Village Kid (1985), Elteei (1986), Mach Ruler (2009) and Tartary Gladiator (20011). Lewis will drive the Ross Olivieri-trained Motu Premier, who will start off 40m in Friday night’s Cup. Olivieri was successful with Speedy Cheval in the 1991 BOTRA Cup. Sharing the 40m mark with Motu Premier is the highly-promising four-year-old Rock Diamonds, who is trained by Greg and Skye Bond and will be driven by Ryan Warwick. Rock Diamonds notched his 15th win from 35 starts when he began off 30m in a field of eight and finished with a powerful burst from sixth at the bell to beat the pacemaker Always Arjay by a half-length, with an impressive final 800m in 56.3sec. last Friday night. Warwick and the Bonds will be hoping to go one better this year than they did 12 months ago when 10/1 chance Bettor Not Bitter dashed to the front after 600m, set a solid pace and was a neck second to the fast-finishing Sky Art. Motu Premier has the class to fight out the finish at his second outing after a spell, following his first-up ninth in a field of nine behind Galactic Star in a 1730m mobile event last Friday week when he was restrained from barrier seven at the start and raced at the rear. It is well worth remembering that at his previous outing Motu Premier ran on from seventh at the bell to finish fifth behind Soho Tribeca, Chicago Bull, The Bucket List and American Boy in the group 1 2936m WA Pacing Cup on January 19. Major Catastrophe is a tough stayer and the David Young-trained and driven gelding will have admirers even though the nine-year-old will start off 30m. His past 16 runs have been in mobiles, but keen students of form will point out that Major Catastrophe was successful at his two most recent appearances in stands, both over 2503m in February this year. His 34 starts in stands have resulted in five wins, seven seconds, four thirds and 18 unplaced efforts.   Ken Casellas

Should Philadelphia Man successfully navigate Saturday’s Hygain Our Maestro Free For All it will be a monumental reward for patience and perseverance. “I’m absolutely excited,” said ownership syndicate manager Alan Pitson. “The group of owners have been very patient. He’s been off so long, so who knows what Saturday night might bring. If he gets around safely and shows a bit we’d be rapt.” The hugely talented Art Major nine-year-old hasn’t raced since placing eighth in the 2015 TABtouch Inter Dominion final, when Philadelphia Man was considered the leading threat to favourite Lennytheshark. The pair’s fortunes since that December 13 Grand Circuit showdown at Gloucester Park couldn’t have been more stark, with winner Lennytheshark going on to become an immortal of the sport and beginning a stud career while ailments have thwarted Philadelphia Man at every turn. “He had back issues (at the Inter Dominion), which had been there since he was a two-year-old,” Mr Pitson said. “They flared up and he wasn’t right for the final and raced below par. “He’s since has a succession of hock injuries. Since the Inter Dominion he has probably trialled three times and, except for the last trial three weeks ago, after each one he just hasn’t been right.” Faith was maintained not only by the large ownership group but by trainer Emma Stewart, and for good reason. Philadelphia Man has only had 48 starts but has won half of them and amassed $558,335 in stakes, fuelled in part by Vicbred Super Series and Blacks A Fake Group 1 wins. “He is only lightly raced, it’s just been a tragedy in some respects,” Mr Pitson said. “We have seen glimpses of how good he is, winning two heats of the Inter Dominion and the Blacks A Fake in Queensland. “We know the talent that he’s got, we know the ability of Emma and Clayton (Tonkin), so we just keep giving it one last shot at the stumps. We’ve probably had four last shots at the stumps. We want to give him every opportunity.” This campaign is crucial because a further hiccup may spark the end of Philadelphia Man’s racing career and have connections contemplating a move to the breeding barn. “It’s been a long and painstaking time,” Mr Pitson said. “We really haven’t allowed ourselves to look too far forward at all. When they tried to up the work another little issue arose and they had to ease back. It’s been frustrating for (Emma and Clayton) and for the owners. As soon as he finishes we will look in the stud direction, but when he will finish I don’t know.”   Michael Howard

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Rohan Hillier currently sits third on the State’s Drivers Premiership table behind reigning champion Todd Rattray and the surging Ricky Duggan. The Beauty Point trainer-driver has enjoyed another fantastic season and goes into tonight’s meeting in Launceston quietly confident of success. “I’ve got a handy book of drives, a couple from my own stable and two from Paul Ashwood’s so I’m looking forward to the challenge,” said Rohan. Former Shakey Isles pacer Im Compliant kicks off Hillier’s night in the opening race on the card the Bevan Lee’s Butchery Pace over 1680-metres. “Im Compliant came across from New Zealand earlier in the year and scored impressively in Hobart first-up and followed up with 0two strong performance in Launceston winning narrowly over a couple of smart ones like Buster William, Offthetopofmyhead and Koolaz Elvis,” said Hillier. “I’ve given him three months off so he will be short of a run but his class will carry him a long way.” RocknRoll Turbo (pictured) has drawn the pole position in race two the Lyndon and Gail Menegon – El Jays Mystery Stakes 0ver 1680-metres. “Turbo has a great draw, he’s the punter’s pal, he’s run favourite nine times and has saluted on eight occasions from a dozen starts, I believe he can lead and if he does I’ll be very disappointed if he doesn’t win,” said the four-year-old gelding’s trainer. The Paul Ashwood-trained Somebeachsomewhere-Bylong Bele gelding Miracle Marcus won it’s first race start in Launceston in April of last year and then had the misfortune to run into a Todd Rattray two-year-old on debut by the name of Ignatius which is now regarded as the three-year-old champion of Australasian Harness racing. Miracle Marcus has raced throughout Victoria and  South Wales in the past 14 months before returning to Tasmania earlier in the month for a first-up second to Beam Me Up Chopper and will contest the Rick and Naomi Hinds-Nostra Beach Stakes. “He won on the road at Echuca and Wagga and we’ve drawn inside the second line so I will be looking to work off the pegs in the early stages which will give him his best chance,” said Hillier. Rohan’s final drive for the night is behind Max Design in the Two-Year-old feature the Olympus Feeds Golden Slipper. The Bettors Delight-Lady Euthenia colt has had four runs in New South Wales for a victory at Goulburn and a placing at Menangle in his first campaign. “This will be his first run in Tasmania, Paul tells me he is working well so I’m looking forward to the drive and to seeing how he feels.” Tonight’s Launceston Pacing Club meeting commences at 17.14 and can be seen on the live stream service at tasracing.com.au. Shane Yates
Tim Butt knows a thing or two about preparing a Grand Circuit winner. The champion horseman has prepared more Grand Circuit winners than any other trainer in this part of the world….and by a good margin! His tally now stands at 52 (17 pacing & 35 trotting events). And his latest winner came via the final leg of the 2017/18 Australian Pacing Gold Grand Circuit season, the Gr.1 $200,540 UBET Blacks A Fake Queensland Championship at Albion Park tonight (Saturday). Rising star Let It Ride ($4.30) confirmed his status as a genuine star of the future with a brilliant and resounding victory in the 2680m feature event when easily defeating Atomic Red ($3.90 fav) and Alleluia ($32.60) in a track record time of 1:54.8 (Our Hi Jinx held previous mark at 1:55.0). Handled by star reinsman Dexter Dunn who overcame an illness the night prior, the recent Gr.1 Breeders Challenge winner was given a perfect run in behind the pace setting Atomic Red before racing clear soon after straightening. With Glenferrie Hood and Tact Tate both leaving the gate with urgency, Dunn bided his time before charging forward quickly to take the lead away from Glenferrie Hood at the 2000m mark. The winning move came shortly after when Dunn elected to take cover behind the hard-running Atomic Red. The lead time was covered in 74.9 seconds. Atomic Red led the way from Ultimate Art who improved his position quickly while Let It Ride sat perfectly in the trail. The first half of the final mile was covered in 29.2 and 29.4 seconds. Entering the back straight, Atomic Red led from Ultimate Art and Let It Ride while Cruz Bromac improved three-wide solo with My Field Marshal catching his cover. Cruz Bromac raced roughly mid-way down the back straight and checked My Field Marshal while Carlas Pixel and Ohoka Punter also copped interference. The third quarter was covered in 28.9 seconds. At the top of the home straight, Atomic Red attempted to kick away but Let It Ride quickly loomed to his outside and the put the result beyond doubt very quickly. The winning margin was a widening 13.5m over Atomic Red while there was a further 4.5m back to Alleluia in third. The final quarter was timed in 28.7 seconds. “We got a perfect trip and got lucky to follow the right horse throughout, he took us right to the home straight and I knew my guy was feeling great in the pocket and he quickened nicely over the latter part.” Dunn said. For Dunn, it was his 7th Grand Circuit victory. Again, the management of Butt was pinpoint accurate following his decision earlier this week to bypass the original target of the 4yo Championship (support feature) and concentrate on the main event coupled with flying Dunn in from New Zealand to partner the gelding. At the time, it was a big gamble but one that has paid handsome dividends. It was first test against genuine open class rivals. Let It Ride has now won 15 of his 27 starts. Connections will now switch their focus towards the Inter Dominion series in Melbourne later this year. The 2017/18 Australian Pacing Gold Grand Circuit season is now complete with global superstar Lazarus set to be crowned champion after amassing 304 points throughout the term. Lazarus finished well clear of Soho Tribeca (205) and Tiger Tara (145). Chris Barsby
Last night Friday 20th July the feature race at Gloucester Park, Perth, Western Australia was the 2018 BOTRA Cup which was a standing start affair of 12 horse's handicapped on career performance. The winner The Bucket List came off the lone 50 metre handicap giving his rivals a 10 to 50 metre start, however the 8 year old gelding son of Christian Cullen out of the American bred mare Saddle Ridge who was having his 101 start showed all his class to over run the opposition down the home straight to win by over 2 metres. Click this link for the race replay: http://media.harness.org.au/wa/GPM20071813.mp4 The mile rate for the 2503 metre standing start race was a NEW TRACK RECORD of 1.57.2MR with sectionals of Lead Time..:68.2...First Quarter..:29.4..Second Quarter..:29.8.... Third Quarter..:29.1..Fourth Quarter:..29.5 .. The Bucket List career now stands..101 Starts..22 Wins..28 Seconds..12 Thirds.. Prize money of over $443,000 and a best of 1.55.3MR for a host of owners.. D T Roberts, D P Skelton, M J Harding, G S Black, P J Skelton, S L Beven, B J Anderson, G A Skelton, K L Grantham, M P Young and Trainer {Mr Nice Guy} Michael Brennan .. The Bucket List was bred in New Zealand by Bruce Carter Bloodstock Ltd, R C Johnson and is a descendant from the USA maternal family U2-Jessie Pepper .. Click this link for his six generation pedigree..https://classicfamilies.net/CF/Pedigree.aspx?HorseID=10171115&Dup=XDUP Closely related Classic Winning family members include.. Daylon Blue 1983 by Armbro Omaha - 1:56.3US $215,892+ Campage 1997 by Rampage Hanover - 1:52.3US $132,874 + Carabella 2007 by Bettors Delight - 1:55.2 $693,615+ Athena Blue Chip 1992 by Goalie Jeff - 1:50.3US $457,118 + Arts Chip 2000 by Artsplace - 1:49.3US $726,999+ Jo Pas Fod 2007 by Art Major - 1:51.2US $202,156+ Extreme Machine 2010 by Mach Three - 1:51.4US $137,093+ Melina Mercouri 1994 by Goalie Jeff - 1:51.1US $234,174 + Cedarwood Chips 1977 by Adios Vic - 1:56.0US $532,560+ Cedarwood Flight 1980 by Windshield Wiper - 1:55.4US $201,526+ Farley Almahurst 1987 by Ralph Hanover - 1:58.1US $203,795+ Keystone Fabulous 1986 by Albatross - 1:54.0US $210,805+ Keystone Famous 1979 by Keystone Ore - 1:54.4US $460,066+ My Gal Mattie 2009 by Tulane - 1:51.2US $150,844 + Thailand 1986 by Tyler B - 1:53.1US $166,221 + Kevin Dinnigan Standardbred Breeding For All For all your breeding data .http://standardbred.wixsite.com/standardbredbreeding  
The biggest night of the Albion park harness racing calendar is finally here and the competition looks as fierce as ever. Tomorrow night we will honour the famed pacer Blacks A Fake, who earnt over $4.5mil with 72 wins under his belt. Trained & driven by Natalie Rasmussen, he won the 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2010 Inter Dominion Championships - making him the only four-time winner of Australasia's premier harness race. Other achievements include wins in the Queensland Winter Cup (3 times), Victoria Cup, Hunter Cup and three Australian Horse of the Year titles. The $200,000 grand circuit event, the "UBET Blacks A Fake" starts as race 8 on the program at 8.40pm. Race favourite, Atomic Red lines up against last week’s Garrard’s Sunshine Sprint winner, Tact Tate as well as the likes of Let It Ride, My Field Marshall, Cruz Bromac and Glenferrie Hood. Additional group races on the program include the G1 QBred Triad Finals for the two year olds, G2 AQWA Constructions Queensland Derby, G3 Ted & Edna Badcock Memorial 4YO Championship and G3 Haras Des Trotteurs Marathon. The program also highlights Australasia’s most talented drivers in the Garrard’s Horse & Hound Drivers Invitation Pace with New Zealand’s Dexter Dunn joining Queensland drivers Nathan Dawson, Grant Dixon, Pete McMullen, Gary Whitaker and Kelli Dawson alongside interstate competitors Luke McCarthy, Chris Geary, Amanda Turnbull, Anthony Butt, Matthew Craven and Rob Morris. For the meetings full form analysis and selections refer to Racing Queensland harness racing specialist Darren Clayton’s deliberations on the meeting: http://www.harness.org.au/punting/punters-corner/form-analysis/?keyNum=221470 The race meeting has a number of exquisite betting propositions courtesy of wagering service provider UBET. Headlining these offers is a $25K First 4 jackpot pool on race 1 scheduled for 5:08pm EST. This is complimented by a $5K First 4 jackpot pool on race 8, the UBET Blacks A Fake. Additionally, a $2.5K Quadrella jackpot is listed for races 2 to 5 with the first leg due at 5:42pm EST which is complimented by $2K jackpot Trifectas on races 3 to 6. The first race of an action packed 10 event card begins at 5.08pm EST. For further information contact the Club on 07 3262 2577 or info@aphrc.com.au Racing Queensland
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