Day At The Track
Conviction

Conviction claims 2018 Cowra Cup

Conviction secured a second piece of silverware in as many weeks with a harness racing victory in the $12,240 Tri Tech Refrigeration Cowra Cup on Sunday afternoon, one week after winning the Dubbo Presidents Cup. The four-year-old gelding did it with relative ease too, busting away from the field at the top of the straight to go on to win by 11.3m from defending champion Parramatta in a winners’ mile rate of 2:00.00s. It marked his second straight feature race victory for trainer Steve Turnbull, who was pleased to notch Conviction’s 13th career triumph featuring in the gig at Cowra Paceway.  “He always works really well and he has a lot of ability and he’s shown that on and off through the years. Today he went well. I always knew he had the ability,” Steve Turnbull said. Conviction speeds home to win 2018 Cowra Cup   Conviction and Turnbull had a perfect run from gate six and settled in behind Nathan Turnbull’s trained Parramatta who led for most of the 2520m journey. Entering the home straight Conviction peeled wide of Parramatta under Turnbull’s reins and sped home to win comfortably. Amanda Turnbull and My Bettor Bella filled the placings. It gave Steve Turnbull a winning double after Art Series won the Charlie Muddle Memorial earlier in the day. Amanda Turnbull steered Art Series who edged out the Dennis Picker-trained Bella Ball Terror by a neck.  He has a lot of ability and he’s shown that on and off through the years. Today he went well. Steve Turnbull It capped off a driving race-to-race double for Amanda Turbull who trained and drove Sir Cracker to victory in the Marks Pumps and Cowra Veterinary Centre Pace the race before. Nathan Turnbull also had success on the day driving Glenferrie Crest to her maiden win in the TAB.com.au Maiden Pace and backing that up with victory in the Sam Agostino Memorial with Freddy Funk. Brad Hewitt’s My Casino Belle and Neil Day’s Blackwhiteandblue booked tickets to Menangle after winning the two Country Series Heats respectively. Other winners on the day were trainer Tony Hagney and driver Trent Rue with Tim McGee in the Lachlan River Produce Pace and Ellen Bartley who celebrated driving her trained Glenisla to victory in the Mr Embroidery Pace. The meeting was the second of two weeks of racing for the Cowra Harness Racing Club and there biggest meet on the calendar. Reprinted with permission of The Cowra Guardian

Dexamethasone

Charge issued against Heather Morrissey

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Stewards have issued a charge against licensed trainer Heather Morrissey under Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 190(1) which states: A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances. It is alleged that the horse ‘Tryncatchme’ was presented to race at St Arnaud on 31 December 2017 by Mrs Morrissey when not free of the prohibited substance dexamethasone. HRV Stewards also issued a further charge under AHRR 190B which requires trainers to keep and maintain a logbook listing all therapeutic substances in their possession and recording all treatments administered to horses in their care. The charge will be heard by the HRV Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board on a date to be fixed. Harness Racing Victoria

Kitsilano

Kitsilano takes out the Classic

Talented two-year-old squaregaiter Kitsilano proved she is currently the best in South Australia with a dominant 65-metre win in the 2018 Maryborough Harness Racing Club Parker Classic (1800m) at Globe Derby Park. Trainer-driver Greg Rogers has been involved in harness racing for a lifetime but is genuinely excited about the potential of the filly which has won four of her five starts. On Saturday, Kitsilano trotted away safely off the front and took the early lead and was never really challenged with a number of her rivals making errors. A red-hot $1.40 favourite, the filly trotted beautifully to dominate the SA classic with Rogers allowing himself an emotional fist pump close to home  as she beat Purple Lantana ($5.90) with Mumstheword ($4.60), three metres away third. “She is easily the best young trotter I have trained,” Rogers said. “I didn’t really push her out and she rated 2:07.6 cruising home in a 61 second last half. “I will give her a week off now but I guess we have to start looking about a trip to Victoria.” Fellow trainer David Smith, himself a master trainer of trotters, told Rogers he had to test the filly in Victoria. “You don’t want not to go and later think, how would she have gone?”  Smith said. “She is going great and has earned a trip. Only time will tell how she will go but you have to give her the chance.” Rogers said he would be looking to qualify Kitsilano from a mobile start in the next few weeks. Goals could be the Redwood carnival at Maryborough in Victoria in early August and also the Victorian Sires Stakes series. Kitsilano was bred, and is owned by Peter and Lamour Holder, who had their family along at Globe Derby Park to help celebrate the win. Their celebration dinner was a trip to nearby Krispy Kremes. Graham Fischer

The Shooting Star

The Stars Align for Dani

South Australia’s champion harness racing driver Danielle Hill had a very eventful Golden Nursery night at Globe Derby Park on Saturday. Hill drove four of the six winners of the races run, plus was involved in a crash which saw the feature Golden Nursery final declared a no race and be reassigned to this week. Hill’s night started with a win on Canada Bay, which she trains, in the Garrards Horse & Hound Entires & Geldings Pace Final (2230m). The $3.,30 favourite, Canada Bay again had to come from near last to score a 6-1/2 metre win from Daddy Long Legs ($8.20) with Marty Major ($9.60), a metre away third. Hill was delighted to win the final for New South Wales owner Michael Taylor. “Michael said to start driving him quietly early and he’s now won two in a row,” Hill said. “I was a bit worried when David Smith went forward early on Montanas Jet as I was hoping to trail him into the race. “However, the speed stayed on and it suited Canada Bay which was able to sprint home strongly to win. He actually won the three-year-old colts & geldings version of this race last year.” Hill then teamed with Bettorhavtime to win the Town & Country Solar Three-Year-Old Colts & Geldings Pace Final (2230m). Trained by Heather Stevens, Bettorhavtime ($11.10) sprinted home strongly to score a neck win from Reddy Major ($7.90) with Clarenden Valour ($1.30), a half head away third. “It wasn’t my best drive on him last week,” Hill said. “I made him do too much work and tonight, with a good tempo, he was better suited and able to get home and win.” Stevens said the gelding had been purchased as a two-year-old from New Zealand by owner Gary McGinty. “He wasn’t his most expensive buy but this little bloke continues to improve,” Stevens said. “It was a great run tonight and the win was a bonus. I think it also shows he is better suited being saved for a late run rather than being up on the speed. He has shown he is not that keen about using the sprint lane.” Hill made it a winning treble landing Bettor Party an easy winner of the Helloworld Elizabeth Dash (1385m). Bettor Party ($2 fav) went clear with 400 metres to travel and scored by eight metres from Burnaholeinmypocket ($3.90) with Hes Novak ($17.30), 11-1/2 metres away third. Trainer Les Harding said the winner had been a wonderful acquisition to his stable. “He’s won 16 races since coming into the stable in December 2016 including two Port Pirie Cups, a Victor Harbor Cup and an Italian Cup.” Hill then drove the well-fancied Mackalan in the Alabar Golden Nursery final (1800m). However, going around the first turn, Regal Scribe, driven by Josh Holberton, crashed to the track and Mackalan had nowhere to go and also fell tipping Hill out of the sulky. Despite feeling a bit of pain, Hill threw herself across the fallen horses to make sure they remained calm and didn’t start to thrash out which could have caused further injury. Hill was a little sore but able to continue driving and jumped into the sulky to steer The Shooting Star ($1.20 fav) to an all the way win in the Combined Horse Transport Three-Year-Old Fillies Pace final (2230m). The former New Zealand filly, having just her second start in over 12 months, scored a two-metre win from Bobbies Delight ($4.50) with Adrian ($26.70), 15-1/2 metres away third.  The Shooting Star brought up a double for trainer Les Harding and is owned by Merv Butterworth. The owner-trainer-driver combination won the 2017 version of the race with Crystal Sparkles which also came from New Zealand. Hill made it a big 24 hours, driving three winners on the six-race Port Pirie program on Sunday. It took her season tally to 156 wins. Graham Fischer

A breeding “tragedy”, an act of generosity and a burning desire to have another run at the harness racing top-level circuit are just three of the elements that make up the story of Betternbetter. The precocious young pacer's trainer, Keith Cotchin, hopes this fella can take him and his family on a path they have tread previously with a mighty steed named Tanabi Bromac. Last night Betternbetter scored his biggest win to date in the Group 2 Empire Stallions Vicbred Platinum Home Grown Classic Pacing Colts and Geldings Final at Tabcorp Park Melton, the two-year-old gelding expertly driven by Greg Sugars getting the better of a gritty Im Sir Blake in the concluding stages of the 1720-metre event. “He couldn’t have done any more,” Cotchin said of the 1:54.3 win. “He has worked around both turns, hung on the home turn and the other horse (Im Sir Blake) has got a break on him. He’s really had to dig deep and it’s the sign of a good horse that he was able to keep on coming.” Betternbetter’s victory made it three from four for the Betterthancheddar/Cee Cee Sheffield youngster, who was bred by Denis Pangrazio. Pangrazio races the horse with Cotchin and the trainer's wife, Shelly, and is a major part of this backstory. “We got the horse through a tragedy,” Cotchin said. “The mare had a dead foal and we decided to give the breeding away. We gave the service to Denis and said ‘you can use it’. He put a bit more money with it and went to Betterthancheddar, and then said that me and Shelly were going to race this one with him, so I never got a say. “It’s good when people do that sort of thing … and here we are tonight.” The quinella pair finished about 20m clear of third placegetter Young Rooster last night and Betternbetter will now focus on the Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series as his mid-term target before potentially a crack at the Breeders Crown. Cotchin said the opportunity to race a horse such as Betternbetter was “just fantastic at this stage” of his career and he hopes the pacer can emulate some of the deeds achieved by Tanabi Bromac, who Cotchin trained to win a Victoria Derby, multiple country cups and contest an Inter Dominion series. “We’re only a small stable. Tanabi Bromac was a great horse and we never thought we’d get anything like that again. To have a horse like this, and at the end of my career, it’s just fantastic.” Hear from Cotchin and other participants filmed live last night at Tabcorp Park Melton Trots Media - Cody Winnell

Kerryn Manning’s victory salute said it all. Manning is so rarely demonstrative on the track, but Ameretto’s breakthrough Group 1 win in Saturday night’s $100,000 Queen of the Pacific meant so much on every level. After a string of Group 1 placings, including seconds in the Victoria Cup and Perth’s Mares’ Classic already this season, Ameretto so deserved Group 1 glory. It again cemented her as Australia’s best mare. And it was testimony to the training deeds of Manning and husband, Grant Campbell, to win a gruelling 2760m feature just second-up from a spell. “We thought we were up against it to have her ready, but managed to get that one lead-up run into her and stepped-up her and she responded,” Manning said. “She thrives on hard racing. It was a really strongly run race and she’s so strong she just keeps coming.” It needed something special to get past flying mare Berisari once Nathan Jack bludgeoned his way past Ameretto to lead, but Manning’s mare was up to it. She overpowered a gallant Berisari in the last 100m to win pulling clear by 5.4m in a 1min57.2sec mile rate. Ameretto’s raced 66 times for 26 wins, 19 placings and earned $545,019. Just as she did in 2016, Berisari had to be content with second after winning the first two legs of Victoria’s mares’ triple crown. The Harness Jewels-bound Carlas Pixel ruined her chances by uncharacteristically overracing so badly in the middle stages. She was still second on the home bend, but tired late for seventh. A mare to follow from the race is definitely recent Kiwi import Share The Road who stormed home from last out five and six-wide to finish fifth and was clocked to run a staggering 54.6sec last half in elite company. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________ Darren Hancock recently farewelled his stable star, veteran trotter On Thunder Road, to the US, but he looks to have found an ideal replacement from obscurity. Former talented young pacer Drop The Hammer ran sixth in the Australian Gold final at two and contested a NSW Derby heat as recently as February, but now he’s changed gait and is making his mark. Drop The Hammer’s four trotting runs have netted two wins and two thirds. It was the latest win, a dominant display in Saturday night’s Group 3 NSW 3YO Trotters’ Foundation final, which highlighted the son of Bettors Delight’s potential. Hancock took the reins for a runaway 25.5m win in a slick 1min59.5sec mile rate for 2300m at Menangle. He left talented Kiwi-breds Castlereagh and One Muscle Hill in his wake for the minor placings. Another highlight of the meeting came when flying former Kiwi mare Reaza Grunter sparkled with a return to winning form in a 1min51.7sec mile. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________ Former Kiwi trotter Tornado Valley’s seven-race winning streak came to an end when fourth in the Group 1 Australasian Trotting Championship at Melton on Saturday night. The combination of a 10m handicap and doing the work outside the leader took its toll late and Tornado Valley weakened for a close fourth behind handy sit-sprinter Fabrication. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________ Former Hunter Cup winner Bling It On’s return didn’t go as punters hoped. Things looked good midrace when Luke McCarthy whizzed around the field from last to first, but the improved, race fit and in-form Match In Heaven moved around to put some pressure on. Bling It On, first-up since February’s Hunter Cup, ran out of condition and weakened to finish sixth, while Match In Heaven found plenty to stave-off KerryAnn Turner’s stablemates Aztec Bromac and Celestial Arden in a 1min55.1sec mile rate for 2300m. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________ You can only wonder how good Illawong Armstrong would have been with better manners. Jodi Quinlan’s now six-year-old has shown heaps of talent since his juvenile days, but his headstrong nature has proven a nightmare at times for Quinlan. After being winless in his first six starts this season, he son of Majestic Son made it back-to-wins when he posted the 17th win of his 52 start career at Bendigo last Friday night. Despite almost ripping Quinlan’s arms out at times once he found the lead, Illawong Armstrong – now a six-year-old – found plenty to stave-off a late surge from Andy Gath’s former Kiwi trotter Kingdom Come to win by a half-head in a slick 1min59.4sec mile rate for 2150m. Illawong Armstrong’s biggest win was the Breeders Crown 4YO final and he’s now just a few dollars short of $200,000 in earnings. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________ It was career win number 37 for Kyle Harper’s injury-plagued open-class star Bettors Fire at Gloucester Park last Friday night. And the win took him past a remarkable milestone of $750,000 in career earnings. The race was all about the start and Harper threw everything at his nine-year-old veteran star to narrowly find the front from gate six and that was effectively the race. Harper “pinched” a 32.3sec first quarter of the last mile then ripped home in 55.4 and 27.3sec to beat The Bucket List by 1.8m in a 1min56.1sec mile rate for 2130m. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________ No wonder respected trainer David Jack was eyeing-off a possible Harness Jewels raid with baby trotter Moreton Bay at one stage. The Majestic Son colt toyed with his rivals to win the Group 1 Vicbred Platinum 2YO colts and geldings trotting final at Melton on Saturday night. Moreton Bay led from the pole and gave nothing else a chance in a 2min1.1sec mile rate for 1720m. He’s raced five wins and won all three of them when he hasn’t made a gallop. Betterthancheddar gelding Betternbetter was even more impressive winning the Group 2 Platinum final for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. In an epic finish, Betternbetter did all the chasing and nabbed the leader Im Sir Blake to win by a neck with 20m away to third-placed Young Rooster in a slick 1min54.3sec mile rate for 1720m.   Adam Hamilton

Rookie Medowie harness racing driver Emma Nichols has “found her calling” after breaking through for her first winner on Saturday night at Newcastle Paceway. Nichols, 32, drove the Peter Payne-trained Pumpniron to a 7.5-metre victory in the C3 race over 1609m after coming five wide with a storming finish from back in the field. It was the five-year-old gelding’s first win since last October and came as Payne was in hospital with back trouble. “It was really nice to win for him while he’s in hospital. It will hopefully pick him up a bit,” Nichols said. It was Nichols’ first race drive on Pumpniron. She works for Medowie trainer Darren Reay and has been driving in races since last December. “I’ve been close a couple of times so it was exciting,” she said. “I just get a drive here and there, mainly for Darren, but I’d driven Pumpa in trials. I’d done a bit of trackwork with him and helped Peter Payne out.  “I just got myself into a good spot and the horse did it easy.” Nichols had been a stablehand in the thoroughbred industry and came into harness racing at Reay’s stables about three years ago. “I came here to start feeding up and I just kept stepping up into it,” she said.  “I started having a go at driving, just for a bit of fun, then trackwork and it progressed from there. I came into it a bit late but I’ve found my calling and I love it.” Leigh Sutton drove a winning treble with Chevrons Reward and Platinum Revolution for Shane and Lauren Tritton, and Advanced Warfare for Stephen Kilroy. By Craig Kerry Reprinted with permission of The Newcastle Herald

The Marburg Show for 2018 has come and gone. For the second year, the Marburg Pacing Association, Garrards Horse and Hound and the Royal George Hotel Rosewood have provided a two hour window of harness racing to add to the Saturday entertainment. Show trotting was for many years the only form of harness racing in Queensland. Registered racing had lapsed in the early 1930s due to a lack of public support. That stemmed, it seemed, from a lack of faith in proprietary racing with racing venues at that time largely owned and controlled by Melbourne based entrepreneur and sportsman John Wren. Wren at one stage was a part-owner of the Courier Mail newspaper, and sole owner of Doomben, Albion Park, Deagon, Bundamba and Kedron race courses. With no "registered racing", the harness folk turned to the district shows and Show Societies provided good money as they competed for the pacers, which were a major drawcard on the program. The return of registered racing in the early 50's (1955 at Ipswich), did nothing to dampen the popularity of show racing. The demise of this institution was attributed to a "clerical error" in the late 1990's, when shows were not included in an insurance policy renewal. That was an expensive "error", as $96,000 per year was lost in the Ipswich footprint alone. We were ably supported in our efforts to spread the harness word by the Queensland Mini-trotting and Sporting Association Inc, who provided four pony trots on the day. Exhibition winners were Riverleigh Bart (Trent Hodges) Macs Choice (Ricky Gordon), We Can Only hope (Warren Hinze), Emargee (Ricky Gordon), Leo The Lion (Nikki Chalk) and Calvert Hotshot (Darryl Reinke). The Marburg Pacing Association will be back next year, hopefully with a much bigger segment. Challenging business and rewards HARNESS can be a testing business, with no guarantee of winners or earners coming regularly no matter how hard the trainer works. There can be long droughts, and these are more distressing if the horse team is small - one, maybe two horses for the hobbyist. Ironbark-based Karen Schulz is one such hobbyist. She has done the hard yards in recent times, when stable star Soldier Of Fortune lost form and became hard to drive. However, droughts break and this time the big change coincided with the purchase of an additional horse for Team Schulz. We don't know if "Soldier" felt threatened but no sooner had the new arrival Beau Cishlom appeared than Soldier Of Fortune found winning form at Redcliffe. Not to be denied, Beau Cishlom was first at the winning post a day later, giving Karen her first Albion Park winner in four years of training. It's all smiles at Team Schulz where the kids pitch in with stable chores. See, it can happen. Handy tips SELECTIONS for Albion Park tonight. R1: Quinella 10-11: Casino Tommy (Madi Dux) and Anychance (K Rasmussen). R2: E/w 6: Royal Counsel (D Graham). R3: E/w 4: Get In The Groove (L Cain). R4: Quinella 1-8: Sicilian Slumber (L Manzemann) and Supaliner ( D Graham). R5: Quinella 14-15: Mach Alert (Mark Dux) and Alleluia (G Dixon). R6: Quinella 5-9: Ruato Bay (I Ross) and Pale Bear Boo (P Diebert). R7: Quinella 1-8: Sweet As (D Graham) and Corporal Luna (G Dixon). R8: Quinella 5-6: Leo The Lion (G Whitaker) and Red Luck (D Graham). R9: Box trifecta 1-2-11: Katniss (N Dawson)-Always A Jewel (A Sanderson)-Eleniark (G Dixon). Honour board While Chantal Turpin produced a consistent three winners to take trainer's honours for the week, there was a three-way tussle on the driver's board. Danielle McMullen emerged victorious from four wins, edging out Gary whitaker and Pete Mcmullen on three apiece. Most pleasing was Team Schulz as it gives encouragement to hang in through the flat spots. Ipswich factor: 19/47. Albion Park, May 11: Somepartysomewhere (Danielle McMullen for Greg Franklin); Hard To Hear (Trent Dawson); Beau Cislom (Paul Diebert for Karen Schulz). Albion Park, May 12: Opononis Bliss (Pete McMullen for Chantal Turpin). Albion Park, May 15: Needle (GaryWhitaker for Brad Connelly); Minted Montana (Darrell Graham for Donny Smith); Jazzy Artist (Danielle McMullen for Ryan Veivers); Heavens Hint (Pete McMullen for Stewie Dickson); Proficient (Matt Elkins for Trevor Lambourn); Geronimo Beau (Trent Dawson). Redcliffe, May 16: Life In Heaven (Hayden Barnes for Chantal Turpin); Nikki Mattgregor (Matt Elkins for Dan Russell); Come Out And Play (Gary Whitaker for Damian Shaw); Grizzly Montana (Gary Whitaker for Brett Cargill). Albion Park, May 17: Justabit Like Mum (Danielle McMullen for Doug Lee); Somewherovarainbow (Adam Sanderson for Shannon Price); Grinvil (Narissa McMullen for Richard Hutchinson); Argyle Beach (Danielle McMullen for Chantal Turpin); RockNroll Music (Pete McMullen for Brian McCall). by TROT TACTICS with Denis Smith Reprinted with permission of The Queensland Times

Harness racing duo Paul Hill and Ricky Duggan stretched their amazing winning record in The Elderslie Horse Care and Spelling Two-Year-Old Sweepstakes Final to four years in a row in Hobart on Friday night. Paul prepared Chica Bella (2015), Playing Arkabella (2016), Vouvray Beach (2017) to win the Two-Year-Old Fillies Feature and now the Big Jim-Laagirl offspring Enterprising Milly ($1.45) has added her name to the trophy with a courageous victory. Ricky Duggan has been in the sulky for Paul on each occasion and was full of praise for Enterprising Milly’s (pictured-inside N0.2) effort to score by a half neck over the second elect Spoilt Sport. “Enterprising Milly deserved her success tonight, she was strong enough to sit in the death and hold off a classy filly in the straight,” said Ricky. “Rod (Ashwood) had his filly on our back from the start and I could feel her breathing down my neck at the turn off the back so I knew we were going to have a battle on our hands. Enterprising Milly is a very relaxed filly and she responded well when I called upon her coming off the turn in the back straight she ran home her last half in 58-seconds and was still giving strongly on the line.” Just half an hour later Duggan was in the gig behind the unbeaten Roger Whitmore-trained colt Resurgent Storm. The Betterthancheddar-Resurgent Star youngster was successful in the Prelude a fortnight ago and found himself in the same position outside the leader in the Final. “There was a few that got fired up in the score-up and just before dispatch point so I eased and allowed him to settle back before sliding up to the leader’s wheel,” said the Hall Of Fame reinsman. Rohan Hillier found the top with the Steve Lukac prepared Jackson Neptune, just as he had done in the Prelude with the favourite stalking him every step of the way. “JacksonNeptune is a smart youngster, he stuck on well in the Prelude so I didn’t want him having to easy a run in front,” said Duggan. “My bloke was travelling well so we moved up to put some pressure on and he ran to the front strongly, I had to keep him going as he can get a little lazy when he is on his own but you also know there is more in the tank if required, he is a real little racehorse that’s for sure, he’s got all the attributes to be a top-notcher.” Duggan had his eye-in early in the night steering Jaks Teller ($2.30) to victory in the Rexel North Hobart Pace. The Juanita McKenzie-trained four-year-old took his career record to nine wins from a dozen starts scoring by an ever-widening 8.4-metres. “He drove well tonight, better than his last outing in Launceston, he’s had his problems and Juanita’s done a great job with him, he’ll never be 100% but he’s got a big motor and can really go so he’s always a threat in whatever race he’s in,” said Ricky. The star driver capped off the night with the Paul Ashwood prepared Krafty Boy ($1.75) leading all the way in the last, the Green Electrical Pace. “It was a drop in class for Krafty Boy from his heat run in the Globe Derby in Launceston on Monday afternoon, he only just held on to win by a head but he got home and that’s all he had to do,” said a contented Ricky Duggan as he bagged his fourth win for the night. Watch the Paul Hill-trained, Ricky Duggan driven, Enterprising Milly stave off the challenge of Spoilt Sport to snare their fourth Two-Year-Old Fillies Sweepstakes Feature on the trot in Race 5. Shane Yates

Cobram Harness Racing Club’s meeting earlier this month belonged to Samantha Govers, who drove her first winner within an hour of her first drive in a race. In what was a family affair, the Invergordon driver, 22, saluted on Ramblenroller, trained by her father Stuart for her grandfather and renowned horseman Max Govers, in the Hygain Pace. Govers had her first drive in the previous race when she partnered Wheresyareallybeen to sixth place. The day was a special one for Gillieston trainer Russell Thomson when Graciella Pinevale, piloted by Rebecca Bartley, backed up her win at Bendigo the previous week in the Jim Canny Memorial Trotters Handicap to chalk up two successive wins after 23 attempts. It’s All Business brought a smile to the face of Kennington trainer Shaun McNaulty when the two-year-old colt reined by Michelle Phillips in just his second outing saluted in an impressive pillar to post performance, stopping the clock at 1:58.9 in the Ken and Marjory Wadeson two-year-old pace. Merrigum trainer/driver Simon Turnbull piloted six-year-old mare Rosa First to her second career win in the Hyland Sportswear Pace to the delight of patrons on a day when only five of the 10 favourites saluted. A breathtaking photo finish in the Katunga Lucerne Mill Pace between interstate visitors saw five-year-old mare Ginas Gold, superbly reined by Blake Jones, break through for its first win under Coleambally trainer Ellen Bartley, snatching the money from the Albury-trained five-year-old mare Silver Jolt. Nathan Jack was in red hot form, saluting for Kyabram trainer Bruce Rose with Threepeat in 1:57.2, the fastest mile rate for the meeting. Scotlynn Beach NZ, trained and driven by Jack, cruised home after sitting in the death for 1400m of the 2170m journey to deliver the Lemnos horseman a driving double. The VHRSC Pace saw Congupna’s Scott Stewart upset the quaddie punters when he reined Alpe De Huez to a brilliant pillar to post win, running second-placed Flight Officer, driven by Monique Burnett, and punters choice Cruz NZ, reined by Luke Tabone, ragged in the run home to the judge. It was a breakthrough performance for the five-year-old gelding, having run three seconds in his previous five starts. Tabone made amends in the next race on the program when he saluted with Better Than That NZ in a thrilling photo finish with David Miles four-year-old mare Six Elements. The last of the day, the AAA Woolbuyers three-year-old pace, completed a successful afternoon for the northern Victorian trainers when the Steven Duffy-trained and reined Rothko, owned by Shepparton board member Owen Flynn and his wife Chris, were able to hold sway over the Craig Turnbull-trained La Player. Cobram Harness Racing is indebted to Greg Wadeson, Jan Canny and AAA Woolbuyers, who continue to generously support the club with trophies for their respective races. The club now turns its energies to organising the Community Pink Ladies Day at the trots on June 3. The event will be a charity meeting to support the McGrath Foundation and the valued work of the breast care nurses in regional Australia. by Courier Cobram Reprinted with permission of The Shepparton News

The trip back to Hay was made a lot easier after harness racing driver Alanah Pitt scored her first win at Wagga on Friday. Pitt has been driving since January and brought up her first win with Lancelot Hall. It was her only drive on the eight-race card and the 21-year-old was pleased to get the monkey off her back. “It was really good,” Pitt said. “Especially now that I own him it was real good.” Lancelot Hall had to overcome a horror draw but Pitt swooped around the outside to take out the Palm & Pawn Motor Inn & Tavern Pace (1755m) by 2.1 metres. The pair went within a nose of break through at Junee last month, but they were able to run down leader Presidential Ball this time around. Pitt is no stranger to harness racing after following parents Darryl and Rose into the sport. However she was a relatively late bloomer to driving. A lack of confidence held her back, before receiving plenty of encouragement from Shane Hillier to give it ago. Hillier trains Lancelot Hall and Pitt gave him plenty of credit for her breakthrough.     +6       “I didn’t have enough confidence in my really,” she said. “I have Shane to thank for that and it is all on him. “If it wasn’t for him I don’t think I would be here now to be honest with you.” Pitt grew up in Leeton but moved to Hay last year. It means plenty more kilometres to get to the races but Pitt didn’t mind after getting the win. The win was also a breakthrough for Lancelot Hall who scored just his second win at start 65. By Courtney Rees Reprinted with permission of The Daily Advertiser

Despite a number of attempts, the Punters.com.au  team hasn't been able to track down the identity of the infamous caller of Swedish racing but it's fair to say he's a bit of a character. From a brutal jockey spray to some outrageously bad early crows, here is some of his 'finest' work ... One time he called a jockey a "bloody idiot" Most punters have probably given a jockey a verbal clip in the heat of the moment but it's rare to hear a caller throw curry in a hoop's direction. Back in 2016, our favourite international racing broadcaster wasn't impressed when jockey Jan-Erik Neuroth went looking for an inside run in a race at Jagersoro and, boy, didn't he let everyone know about it. "What a bloody idiot he is!" He fumed. The horse, Angel Love, actually went on to win but the result didn't placate the caller, who delivered a feisty post-race rant. "What an incredible stupid ride by Neuroth. I get more and more irritated when I see what he did in the first race today." It's probably fair to assume that he may have had a krona or two on said favourite earlier in the day. "What a bloody idiot he is!" - Fired up caller.  Early crow 1 Somebody really needs to inform this bloke of the old saying, 'you should never go the early crow'. Last July he had a fair dinkum Barry Crocker when he declared 'Ragamuffin' home in a Monte race at Orebro as the horse led by a huge margin into the straight. Unfortunately for both the caller and punters who followed his directive to head to the payout queue, the power of the 'mozz' came to the fore and Ragamuffin went off stride and was disqualified.  "It's all over, you can go to the payout queue. Ragamuffin's not going to lose this one," he exclaimed. "Go and fetch your money early. Sorry, they have to weigh in first, but it's all over bar the shouting. "Number five, Ragamuffin, makes a break! So I was too early ... Ragamuffin will be disqualified."    "So I was too early." Whoops ... Early crow 2  The European summer of 2017 was certainly an eventful one for the colourful caller. His early crow at Orebro followed a similar sin at Visby in the previous month, where he also incorrectly dished out the "you can go to the payout queue" line. "It's all over, you can go to the payout queue! They're not going to catch her." "Sofia Adolfsson (aboard Senoria Edel, the outside horse in the video below) is just too darn good.  "As they come up to the line, it's going to be close but as they get to the line, it's not Sofia Adolfsson. It's number five, Enor Terdus, that causes a major upset."   "You can go to the payout queue!" Or not.  Why call when you can sing?  Not content with just calling the finish of a harness race at Solvalla in January, old mate decided to break into a song about wine as 'Chenin Blanc' went to a clear lead in the straight. However, his effort to spice things up nearly ended in disastrous fashion because while he was concentrating on his vocal performance, he seemed to miss the fact another horse was charging down the outside. Fortunately for his sake, Chenin Blanc just managed to hang on.  Despite his series of mishaps, the lively broadcaster refuses to do away with his flamboyant style and just last week he delivered a bizarre call even by his standards. We're not sure whether he was calling through his pocket or not but he spent much of a 1640m harness race at Aby berating driver Christoffer Eriksson. After potting Eriksson's tactics on a number of occasions - at one stage he implored him to use his "noggin" - he later backtracked and apologised when the horse he was piloting (Rajah Press) maintained a healthy lead early in the straight. However, it wasn't long before Eriksson was back in the caller's bad books when Rajah Press got nutted on the line.  "Thanks Christoffer Eriksson for messing it up for everybody!" He fired post-race.  By Isaac Ling Reprinted with permission of The Punters Site  

Chief harness racing steward Barbara Scott will give written notice of possible action against trainers and reinsmen who have made derogatory comments about her on social media. Stewards said yesterday they had fined stablehand Jason Huston $1000 after inquiring into improper social media comments he made in February. “There will be more in this situation,” Scott said. “I’ll be sending letters to licensed people who have breached rules through social media comments. Trainers and reinsmen will be among those who receive letters.” Racing and Wagering WA chief executive Richard Burt defended Scott from a social media campaign early this year. In a media statement on March 1, Burt said there had been inaccurate commentary on social media. “Ms Scott is not leaving her position as chief steward of harness racing,” he said. “Despite some recent inaccurate commentary on social media, she is not the subject of any investigation or inquiry. “RWWA is delighted with Ms Scott’s performance and dedication. She has our full support and confidence. Action will be taken by RWWA when licensed persons’ conduct detrimentally affects the welfare and integrity of racing.” Scott was appointed chief steward at Gloucester Park early last year. Huston, who pleaded guilty to having made improper comments about Scott on February 24, had $500 of his fine suspended on the provision he did not breach RWWA’s social media rules in the next 12 months. Reinsman Gary Hall has been fined $800 after pleading guilty to using an unacceptable whip action when driving Liberty Rose in the Group 1 WA Oaks (2536m) a fortnight ago. By Ernie Manning Reprinted with permission of The West Australian

Cowra Harness Racing Club president Darryl Davis couldn’t be happier with the fields for this Sunday’s Carnival of Cups meeting. The biggest race day on the club’s calendar has attracted some of region’s best trainers and horses who will go head-to-head in the eye-catching nine race program. “There’s some really nice horses isn’t there. There’s talent in every race to be truthful,” president Darryl Davis said. Nathan Turnbull and his pacer Parramatta are aiming to defend their Cowra Cup victory on Mother’s Day last year when they go around in Sunday’s $12,250 Tri Tech Refrigeration Cup (2520m).  The Lagoon's Nathan Turnbull is for a busy day on Sunday.   The Lagoon-based gelding is a serial feature race winner having already this year won the Smooth Satin, Oberon and Parish Cups on his home track at Bathurst. “The Cup will be strongly contested. It should be a really good race with plenty of a talented horses. The whole day should be good,” Davis said. Davis’-trained nine-year-old gelding Fantasy Level was the initial emergency for the Cup however he has since scratched the veteran pacer to start in the Mr Embroidery Pace (2110m). “He ran well the other day. It takes a few for him to get going with his older age but he certainly didn’t disgrace himself,” Davis said of Fantasy Level’s fifth placed finish last start. Stablemate Dot Ayou is aiming for a third straight victory and a spot in a $20,000 Country Series Final to be raced at Menangle next Saturday. She’ll be driven by Nathan Turbull in the second of two Menangle Series Heats. “Dotty is in a fairly tough Menangle heat with some really nice horses. She’s going well now five starts for five checks so I’m very happy with her. Nathan’s driving so there’s someone good to steer and the horse is fit but there’s plenty in it and there’ll be pressure all the way. I just hope she can get out and lead,” Davis said. Other Cowra interest on the day are Colin Fliedner’s trained Gold Onyx in race four and Gregory Cattell’s Mammals Spark in race two. Davis wanted to thank all the sponsors including NSW Harness Racing, Tabcorp Park and TAB as well as local sponsors including Tri Tech Refrigeration, the Agostino and Muddle families, Mr Embroidery, Marks Pumps, Cowra Veterinary Centre and Travealy Horse Drawn Carriages. Racing starts from 11.44am with the Cowra Cup to jump at 3.47pm. Reprinted with permission of The Cowra Guardian

RACE 5 – ALBANY HARNESS RACING MEETING 16 FEBRUARY 2018 Stewards recently finalised a number of inquiries that had been adjourned from Race 5 at Albany on 16 February 2018. Background Race 5 at Albany on 16 February 2018 was a standing start race.  After the start, MELTON EXPRESS (W. Andrews) was fractious and as a result made contact with CRIMSON FLOYD (T. Stone) which had begun from 30 metres.   This resulted in W. Andrews being dislodged from the sulky but remaining on his feet and T. Stone being dislodged and returning to his feet immediately.  Both drivers continued to retain hold of the reins with no horses falling to the track and therefore both horses and drivers were cleared from the track quickly with the track being cleared to continue racing after approximately 20 seconds. The remaining horses and drivers continued in the race however in the back straight on the first occasion, J. Justins (CHUCK NORRIS), M. Young (ESTOCADA) , L. Inwood (ACROSS THE WAY) and T. Wheeler (FOUR NEEDED) all began to restrain their horses to varying degrees, with CHUCK NORRIS and ACROSS THE WAY being pulled up to a walk, ESTOCADA being restrained and losing ground and FOUR NEEDED being impeded and losing ground when caught behind ACROSS THE WAY which was under restraint.  DREDLOCK ROCKSTAR (A. Markham) continued on in the race and improved around the horses that were being restrained and worked to the lead.  DREDLOCK ROCKSTAR won the race. After being caught behind ACROSS THE WAY, T. Wheeler was able to gain clear running with FOUR NEEDED and although initially cautious, then obtained a trail on DREDLOCK ROCKSTAR and continued on and completed the race, being placed second, beaten 8 metres. After restraining ESTOCADA and losing ground, M. Young continued on and completed the race, being placed third, beaten 42 metres. After restraining ACROSS THE WAY to a walk, L. Inwood continued on and completed the race, being placed fourth, beaten 380 metres. After restraining  CHUCK NORRIS to a walk, J. Justins continued on and completed the race, being placed fifth, beaten 732 metres. The all clear was delayed to allow Stewards to review the race and interview all drivers.  In determining it was a race, Stewards took into account that no horse suffered interference in the race, all horses were afforded a fair start, there was no obstruction on the track and it was solely the action and decisions of drivers that affected the outcome of the race. Inquiries into the tactics adopted by drivers was adjourned. Inquiries Finalised At the resumption of the inquiry, further evidence was taken from L. Inwood, T. Wheeler, M. Young and J. Justins.  Assistance was provided to M. Young and J. Justins throughout the inquiry from RWWA Driving Master Mr Trevor Warwick. Stewards issued a charge under Rule 149(2) to L. Inwood, M. Young and J. Justins 149(2) A driver shall not drive in a manner which in the opinion of the stewards is unacceptable. The particulars being that in the opinion of stewards it was unacceptable for drivers to restrain their horses and lose ground when the track was clear for racing and no sirens had been sounded.  In determining penalty stewards took into account: It is a drivers primary obligation to give their horse every opportunity to win or obtain the best possible placing The action of drivers resulted in their horses losing ground which affects their finishing position The action of drivers resulted in punters, owners and trainers being financially disadvantaged It is not acceptable for drivers to take matters into their own hands Drivers that intentionally restrain their horse in a race, some to a degree that the horse came to a walk is an integrity issue and will lead Stewards to question the motives of drivers This type of action by drivers is detrimental to the harness racing industry in that  horses that are not allowed to run on their merits will result in a loss of confidence from punters. That any penalty must be a general deterrent The guilty pleas of the drivers Their offence history and previous penalties under this Rule. The following penalties were issued: L. Inwood  (ACROSS THE WAY) – Suspension of licence for 6 weeks J. Justins  (CHUCK NORRIS) – Suspension of licence for 4 weeks M. Young  (ESTOCADA) – Suspension of licence for 4 weeks Stewards took no action against A. Markham (DREDLOCK ROCKSTAR) or T. Wheeler (FOUR NEEDED).   Barbara Scott, Chief Steward Harness Ph: 9445 5176 Barbara.scott@rwwa.com.au  

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Conviction secured a second piece of silverware in as many weeks with a harness racing victory in the $12,240 Tri Tech Refrigeration Cowra Cup on Sunday afternoon, one week after winning the Dubbo Presidents Cup. The four-year-old gelding did it with relative ease too, busting away from the field at the top of the straight to go on to win by 11.3m from defending champion Parramatta in a winners’ mile rate of 2:00.00s. It marked his second straight feature race victory for trainer Steve Turnbull, who was pleased to notch Conviction’s 13th career triumph featuring in the gig at Cowra Paceway.  “He always works really well and he has a lot of ability and he’s shown that on and off through the years. Today he went well. I always knew he had the ability,” Steve Turnbull said. Conviction speeds home to win 2018 Cowra Cup   Conviction and Turnbull had a perfect run from gate six and settled in behind Nathan Turnbull’s trained Parramatta who led for most of the 2520m journey. Entering the home straight Conviction peeled wide of Parramatta under Turnbull’s reins and sped home to win comfortably. Amanda Turnbull and My Bettor Bella filled the placings. It gave Steve Turnbull a winning double after Art Series won the Charlie Muddle Memorial earlier in the day. Amanda Turnbull steered Art Series who edged out the Dennis Picker-trained Bella Ball Terror by a neck.  He has a lot of ability and he’s shown that on and off through the years. Today he went well. Steve Turnbull It capped off a driving race-to-race double for Amanda Turbull who trained and drove Sir Cracker to victory in the Marks Pumps and Cowra Veterinary Centre Pace the race before. Nathan Turnbull also had success on the day driving Glenferrie Crest to her maiden win in the TAB.com.au Maiden Pace and backing that up with victory in the Sam Agostino Memorial with Freddy Funk. Brad Hewitt’s My Casino Belle and Neil Day’s Blackwhiteandblue booked tickets to Menangle after winning the two Country Series Heats respectively. Other winners on the day were trainer Tony Hagney and driver Trent Rue with Tim McGee in the Lachlan River Produce Pace and Ellen Bartley who celebrated driving her trained Glenisla to victory in the Mr Embroidery Pace. The meeting was the second of two weeks of racing for the Cowra Harness Racing Club and there biggest meet on the calendar. Reprinted with permission of The Cowra Guardian
Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Stewards have issued a charge against licensed trainer Heather Morrissey under Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 190(1) which states: A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances. It is alleged that the horse ‘Tryncatchme’ was presented to race at St Arnaud on 31 December 2017 by Mrs Morrissey when not free of the prohibited substance dexamethasone. HRV Stewards also issued a further charge under AHRR 190B which requires trainers to keep and maintain a logbook listing all therapeutic substances in their possession and recording all treatments administered to horses in their care. The charge will be heard by the HRV Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board on a date to be fixed. Harness Racing Victoria
Talented two-year-old squaregaiter Kitsilano proved she is currently the best in South Australia with a dominant 65-metre win in the 2018 Maryborough Harness Racing Club Parker Classic (1800m) at Globe Derby Park. Trainer-driver Greg Rogers has been involved in harness racing for a lifetime but is genuinely excited about the potential of the filly which has won four of her five starts. On Saturday, Kitsilano trotted away safely off the front and took the early lead and was never really challenged with a number of her rivals making errors. A red-hot $1.40 favourite, the filly trotted beautifully to dominate the SA classic with Rogers allowing himself an emotional fist pump close to home  as she beat Purple Lantana ($5.90) with Mumstheword ($4.60), three metres away third. “She is easily the best young trotter I have trained,” Rogers said. “I didn’t really push her out and she rated 2:07.6 cruising home in a 61 second last half. “I will give her a week off now but I guess we have to start looking about a trip to Victoria.” Fellow trainer David Smith, himself a master trainer of trotters, told Rogers he had to test the filly in Victoria. “You don’t want not to go and later think, how would she have gone?”  Smith said. “She is going great and has earned a trip. Only time will tell how she will go but you have to give her the chance.” Rogers said he would be looking to qualify Kitsilano from a mobile start in the next few weeks. Goals could be the Redwood carnival at Maryborough in Victoria in early August and also the Victorian Sires Stakes series. Kitsilano was bred, and is owned by Peter and Lamour Holder, who had their family along at Globe Derby Park to help celebrate the win. Their celebration dinner was a trip to nearby Krispy Kremes. Graham Fischer
South Australia’s champion harness racing driver Danielle Hill had a very eventful Golden Nursery night at Globe Derby Park on Saturday. Hill drove four of the six winners of the races run, plus was involved in a crash which saw the feature Golden Nursery final declared a no race and be reassigned to this week. Hill’s night started with a win on Canada Bay, which she trains, in the Garrards Horse & Hound Entires & Geldings Pace Final (2230m). The $3.,30 favourite, Canada Bay again had to come from near last to score a 6-1/2 metre win from Daddy Long Legs ($8.20) with Marty Major ($9.60), a metre away third. Hill was delighted to win the final for New South Wales owner Michael Taylor. “Michael said to start driving him quietly early and he’s now won two in a row,” Hill said. “I was a bit worried when David Smith went forward early on Montanas Jet as I was hoping to trail him into the race. “However, the speed stayed on and it suited Canada Bay which was able to sprint home strongly to win. He actually won the three-year-old colts & geldings version of this race last year.” Hill then teamed with Bettorhavtime to win the Town & Country Solar Three-Year-Old Colts & Geldings Pace Final (2230m). Trained by Heather Stevens, Bettorhavtime ($11.10) sprinted home strongly to score a neck win from Reddy Major ($7.90) with Clarenden Valour ($1.30), a half head away third. “It wasn’t my best drive on him last week,” Hill said. “I made him do too much work and tonight, with a good tempo, he was better suited and able to get home and win.” Stevens said the gelding had been purchased as a two-year-old from New Zealand by owner Gary McGinty. “He wasn’t his most expensive buy but this little bloke continues to improve,” Stevens said. “It was a great run tonight and the win was a bonus. I think it also shows he is better suited being saved for a late run rather than being up on the speed. He has shown he is not that keen about using the sprint lane.” Hill made it a winning treble landing Bettor Party an easy winner of the Helloworld Elizabeth Dash (1385m). Bettor Party ($2 fav) went clear with 400 metres to travel and scored by eight metres from Burnaholeinmypocket ($3.90) with Hes Novak ($17.30), 11-1/2 metres away third. Trainer Les Harding said the winner had been a wonderful acquisition to his stable. “He’s won 16 races since coming into the stable in December 2016 including two Port Pirie Cups, a Victor Harbor Cup and an Italian Cup.” Hill then drove the well-fancied Mackalan in the Alabar Golden Nursery final (1800m). However, going around the first turn, Regal Scribe, driven by Josh Holberton, crashed to the track and Mackalan had nowhere to go and also fell tipping Hill out of the sulky. Despite feeling a bit of pain, Hill threw herself across the fallen horses to make sure they remained calm and didn’t start to thrash out which could have caused further injury. Hill was a little sore but able to continue driving and jumped into the sulky to steer The Shooting Star ($1.20 fav) to an all the way win in the Combined Horse Transport Three-Year-Old Fillies Pace final (2230m). The former New Zealand filly, having just her second start in over 12 months, scored a two-metre win from Bobbies Delight ($4.50) with Adrian ($26.70), 15-1/2 metres away third.  The Shooting Star brought up a double for trainer Les Harding and is owned by Merv Butterworth. The owner-trainer-driver combination won the 2017 version of the race with Crystal Sparkles which also came from New Zealand. Hill made it a big 24 hours, driving three winners on the six-race Port Pirie program on Sunday. It took her season tally to 156 wins. Graham Fischer
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