Day At The Track

"It was full on. I don't remember the harness racing fall, but it was pretty strange waking up with all the pain." That was how the 17-year-old Tamworth reinswoman Elly Chapple summed up how she felt after being involved in a horrific race fall in the Inverell Cup on March 29. Chapple, driving the No 2 horse, was checked when the horse to her inside blundered and fell - resulting in Chapple being tipped from her gig and run over by horses. "I remember turning into the back straight and getting a run up to the barrier with my horse, as I wanted to cross the field," she said. Chapple has no recollection of the fall after being knocked unconscious. "The first person I saw was Mum standing over the top of me. The track attendants - Jeff Enks and Paul Harper - were the first to get to me and they were talking to me but I don't remember [that]. "I couldn't move, and [I] do remember being lifted into the ambulance. "I thought I had done a collarbone and broken my arm, and the ambulance guys put a neck brace on me - they prepare you for the worst. "I feel blessed to come out of it with just a broken elbow, although I have got plenty of bruising and skin off me." Chapple is set to celebrate 12 months in the harness racing industry as a reinswoman after opening her account at the Narrabri Easter meeting last year.  DRIVEN: Chapple is keen to resume racing. Photo: PeterMac Photography   "I enjoy the sport and it was always something I was going to do - I love competing and driving every week. "Dad (Dean Chapple) was in the same race at Inverell and he was a bit shocked that I was still on the track when he came back around." Chapple and fellow Tasmworth reinswoman Sarah Rushbrook, also injured in the accident, were conveyed to Lismore Hospital via the Westpac Rescue Helicopter. Rushbrook underwent surgery after suffering to breaks to her femur. She also suffered cracked ribs. Chapple said: "I am so pleased that Sarah and I were in the chopper together, I was so worried. She said she remembers everything but I think it will be better for me that I don't remember. "I knew I was bound to have a race fall one day but didn't realise how quick it happens - it was like I was going up to the gate and then I was on the track." In her short career Chapple has driven three winners and had numerous placings. "I think it will take me a while to get back to driving. I'm keen but I just have to get my strength back." Chapple was transferred to Tamworth Hospital on Tuesday and operated on the following morning. She was back home on Thursday. "I will have a slab on my elbow for two weeks and then they will put a fibreglass cast on for eight weeks. "Everyone has been so supportive. The number of messages from different states ... it has been overwhelming but nice to have everyone's support." For her parents, Dean and Julie, it was a mercy dash to link up with her in Lismore, with her 13-year-old brother Jack at home watching vision of the fall. "Jack was at home but he kept it all together for us - feeding the horses at home and looking after them," Chapple said. "He was the foreman while Dad was away with me. "And Mum held it together for all of us - she was great." For Chapple, a year 12 student at Oxley High School, the next challenge will be the HSC. "I have the HSC and I am left-handed - that is the elbow that is broken." But given that most students are isolated at home due to the epidemic, it is unclear how year 12 students will be assessed at the end of the school year. No horses were injured in the accident. By Julie Maughan Reprinted with permission of The Northern Daily Leader

Leading reinsman Blake Jones says harness racing drivers and trainers are chasing prizemoney wherever they can as the coronavirus pandemic continues to bring uncertainty to the racing scene. Wagga's Riverina Paceway held its third meeting in the space of six days on Sunday night, with Jones guiding $3.10 favourite Legends Last to an all-the-way win in the Southern Central Engineering Pace (1740m). With Tasmania racing suspended for a few weeks, Jones said it's important to capitalise on chances in case NSW eventually follows suit. "It's a bit weird when you go down the street and no one's there, but for racing it's pretty normal at the moment," he said. "We're working the team and everything's going ahead, but you don't know when it's going to stop. We're just trying to make the most of it while we can. "It was good this week that we had a fair few meetings, you just don't know when they'll shut us down. "Tasmania's been shut down for a month and we don't know whether that will happen to us soon." Legends Last finished second to Roll A Dream at Wagga's Tuesday meeting before going one better six days later. "He's better suited when he can get to the front and the draw (from gate two) helped us get there," he said. "We copped some pressure early but got a breather around the second quarter, and I knew after we got that he'd be pretty hard to run down." Trevor Rutland's Ace In Our Pocket ($45.90) stormed home late from well back in the field to cause an upset in the TAB Odds and Evens Ladyship Pace (1740m). The race was thrown wide open when raging favourite Uroc Skinny Jeans ($1.30) ended its chances by galloping before the start. With plenty of speed on early in the opening race of the meeting, Rutland eased Ace In Our Pocket back in the field before coming over the top of the tiring leaders. "When the favourite galloped I thought about taking a slightly closer position, but when the others out wide attacked I decided to sit back and go to the fence," he said. "With horses like this you have to try for some luck. "There was a lot of pace early and they burned up front which opened up the chance for her to come home." It was Ace In Our Pocket's second win in her last three starts after also prevailing at Wagga in late February. "I thought she might have been running up to her limit in races after winning that," Rutland said. "The race suited tonight, she came off the pace and ran home. On these sort of horses you have to ride for luck." Rutland only keeps a handful of horses in work these days as wife Judith battles cancer. His grandson Reece is his right-hand man as he keeps involved in the industry "for a hobby". "I've only got a couple of average horses these days, and my grandson comes and helps me every now and then," he said. "We just race three or four for fun, to keep our finger in the pie." By Jon Tuxworth Reprinted with permission of The Daily Advertiser

The script may have been thrown out at Tabcorp Park Melton but a new one was written and it may be a window into things to come in the trots. Andy Gath’s (Long Forrest) Star Of Memphis and Fred Taiba’s (Sunbury) Our Road To Mecca both enhanced their reputations in the night’s headline races, cutting through the chill and wet to produce wins at big odds. They came as a new landscape swept across harness racing in Victoria amid attempts to contain covid-19. The industry transitioned to regional racing from last Thursday, dividing the state into six parts to restrict trainers and drivers to their regions of residence and limit the need for travel. Saturday marked the second Inner West meeting and the first at Melton under the new structure, and trots fans were greeted to an unusual night’s racing in which front runners were often mown down. That was the case in the TAB Multiplier Pace, when the top three in betting markets Forty Thieves, Born To Rocknroll and Fake Smile were at the front of affairs at the bell only to have the backmarkers sweep past in the final stages. Best of those was reinswoman Kate Gath and Star Of Memphis, the $18 chance who pipped second-placed War Dan by a head. “He’s a really nice horse,” Kate Gath said of Star Of Memphis. “He’s had a fair few injuries throughout his career. He’s been in work a while, he just needed a run or two to hit his fitness. “He’s still not at his peak fitness. He’s such a nice horse that he’s still able to get the job done and his improvement from last week to this week is tenfold.” The Gath stable is hopeful of regular racing after a “little bump on his tendon”, “a little hairline fracture of his pastern” and “another little something in between” have restricted the six-year-old’s previous campaigns. “He’s always has had that little bit of x-factor about him,” Gath said. “We’ve never been able to see if it’s really there because he’s always injured or something tends to go wrong. “His best is pretty brilliant and he’s certainly a horse I would have thought early on definitely could have made it to our fast free-for-all horses. “Hopefully, fingers crossed, he can stay sound, we can get a bit more work into him and with a couple of runs under his belt he’s just getting better and better all the time. It’s looking good going forward.” The future is also bright for Our Road To Mecca, who produced one of the few successful front-running wins of the night for trainer Fred Taiba and reinsman Ryan Duffy. The latter backed up his three wins at Melton last week with another double on Saturday night, capped with a super steer on Our Road To Mecca when he set off three-wide mid-race to apply pressure to the favourite, leader Two Times Bettor. While Duffy failed in a brief bid to pinch the front, the resultant pressure on the first-up leader took its toll and come the final 200 metres Two Times Bettor was running on empty and Our Road To Mecca swept clear for a 10-metre win. “She was really good to her credit tonight,” Duffy said. “With Two Times Bettor being first up, (trainer Freddy Taiba) was confident if we could make it work and make it into a staying race he thought his horse was pretty strong. “She showed really good acceleration, so when I got three quarters (in front) I thought I may as well have a bit of a play here (for the lead). It probably worked out a good move in the end because it made it a lot harder run for Two Times Bettor.” Throughout the night it was rough going for favourite backers, with Richie Caruana's Off The Radar ($21), Amana Grieve's Kotare York ($15) and Jodi Quinlan's Error ($9) winning the first three races, before favourite Majestic Cruiser ($1.10) narrowly broke the succession for trainer Geoff Webster to lead and win the fourth. The Early Quaddie paid $3295.30. There also weren't many sharing in the Quaddie, which paid $6715 after Star Of Memphis and Our Road To Mecca knocked out many, with Emma Stewart's Somewhere Secret ($3.70) and Andy Gath's Moonlight Dream ($5.50) providing the bookends.   Racing continues in the Inner West with meeting Tabcorp Park at Melton on Thursday and Saturday, which can be enjoyed live and free via Trots Vision at   HRV Trots Media - Michael Howard

A contingent of 17 horses was flown out from Auckland to America late last month.   It included the dual Inter Dominion Final placegetter and Grand Circuit winner Flaming Flutter 1:52.2 ($814,235), a 10 year-old Bettor’s Delight entire out of the In The Pocket mare Twice As Hot; the mile specialist Majordan 1:48.9 ($506,568), a seven-year-old Art Major gelding from the multiple Group 1 producer Benelise; and the WA Golden Nugget winner Ana Malak (1:54.9), a five-year-old entire son of Bettor’s Delight and Anna Livia.   The Hondo Grattan Sprint winner Salty Robyn (1:49.2), a seven-year-old gelding by Art Official from Holly Robyn; the prolific cups winner Yaya’s Hot Spot (1:50.9), a nine-year-old gelding by Jereme’s Jet from Star Of Heaven; the NSW Golden Mile winner Letspendanitetogetha (1:51.4), a seven-year-old gelding by Washington VC out of The Moth were also part of the IRT payload.   Others on the flight were: Afterdinnerspeaker (1:49.9), a six-year-old Well Said gelding from Luckisaladytonight; God’s Spirit (1:50.9), a five-year-old Tintin In America gelding out of Cathar; Im The Director (1:51), a six-year-old Courage Under Fire-The Actress gelding; Thatswhatisaid (1:51.4), a five-year-old Well Said gelding from Shakeilah; and My Ruebe Star (1:52.6), a five-year-old mare by Falcon Seelster from Zenola Star; Ohoka Johnny (1:52.7), a six-year-old gelding by Ohoka Arizona from Glentara; Foo Fighter (1:50.6), a six-year-old gelding by American Ideal from Lucy’s Way; and Dontstopbelievin (1:56.3), a five-year-old mare by Somebeachsomewhere from Bedtime.   The Melton winning trotter Montpellier(Orlando Vici-The Kahmotion); Majorly Sexy, an unraced Art Major-Sexy Lexy Whitby colt; and the maiden mare Shezlimitless (Sportswriter- Speedy Falcon) completed the charter.   Peter Wharton

The Bendigo Harness Racing Club is delighted to announce that Aldebaran Park, Australia’s home of the straightout trotter, will be the new sponsor of the Bendigo Trotters Cup.   The announcement further strengthens Aldebaran Park’s commitment to promoting square-gaiters races in Victoria, particularly at Bendigo where it has sponsored the Club’s signature race for trotting mares, the Group 1 $50,000 Aldebaran Park Maori Mile, since its inception in 2010.   The Group 3 Aldebaran Park Bendigo Trotters Cup will be held on Friday, June 26 over 2650 metres from a standing start with discretionary handicapping.   The race carries basic prizemoney of $25,000 with Aldebaran Park providing a service voucher of $2,000 to the winning owner to be used for a service to one of the Aldebaran Park stallion roster in the 2020/21 season.   The Aldebaran Park stud lineup is spearheaded by former champion Skyvalley NZ, the current leading Australian-bred trotting stallion and sire of the mighty Tornado Valley, and the royally-bred, well-performed Muscle Hill horse Aldebaran Eagle, whose first crop are yearlings.   The Bendigo Trotters Cup was inaugurated in 1972 and has been won by many of the greats of the Australian trotting turf including Scotch Notch, True Roman, Knight Pistol, Lenin, Stormy Morn and Just Money.   Aldebaran Park principal Duncan McPherson OAM said: “Aldebaran Park is delighted to extend its relationship with Bendigo HRC and coupled with our existing sponsorship of the Maori Mile it again strengthens our resolve to ensure that we promote trotting in Australia.   “There is little doubt that as an Industry we are internationalising and globalising the trotting gait in the Southern Hemisphere thus ensuring that we are a significant market of interest for Northern Hemisphere investors.”   Eric Hendrix, the general manager of the Bendigo Harness Racing Club, said:   “Already being involved at Bendigo with our Group 1 Aldebaran Park Maori Mile, I felt this was a great opportunity to once again help grow the exposure and compliment the hard work Duncan McPherson has already done for trotting.   “The BHRC has a fantastic relationship with Aldebaran Park and we look forward to growing both the Trotters Cup and Maori Mile in the years to come.”     Peter Wharton

New Zealand Bloodstock’s largest standardbred breeding stock sale is now set be conducted on the digital platform this May, with an early release of the full catalogue available to view on the NZB Standardbred website.  Initially cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 lockdown, the support and resilience shown by consignors alongside the partnership between NZB Standardbred and has seen the transfer of the 2020 All Age Sale catalogue to NZB’s subsidiary online auction platform. The revised format will see only those initially entered in the physical sale offered on from Friday 1 May, with bidding open from Wednesday 20 May and the first Lot closing on Wednesday 27 May at 5pm (NZT). In light of recent and unprecedented circumstances, the pre-launched catalogue on NZB Standardbred’s website will give buyers a timely opportunity to conduct appropriate research for the online sale, which would have been initially accessible if the physical sale had taken place. “When we announced the cancellation of the physical auction we said it was important for the vendors to offer their weanlings within the usual trading period, in order to maintain their on-farm operations,” commented NZB Director and Operations Manager James Jennings. “Having the 2020 All Age Sale as an online sale on Standardbred enables that to be achieved. “We are grateful for the commitment by the consignors to support the sale with 148 lots including 125 weanlings entered.  “Our two largest consignors, Woodlands Stud and Alabar’s continued support using this online format presents a wonderful opportunity, which we feel people will embrace to secure quality stock. “Our intention is to give prospective buyers the best resources we can to assess the offerings and we will be releasing further information shortly with buyer how-to guides as well as announcements on COVID-19 restrictions as we progress through to the Sale,” said Jennings. Taking into account government restrictions where in-person inspections of All Age Sale stock are currently not viable, there will be enhanced features with additional photos and videos able to be uploaded by vendors to showcase their entries.  Alabar Farm’s Graeme Henley is encouraged by the new Sale format. “With the cancellation of the physical Sale, we’re grateful that NZB Standardbred are continuing to back the selling of these weanlings by providing us with an online alternative. “The catalogue being put on means that everyone will be able to be involved – which is obviously essential until there is some certainty around travel. “To be fair and transparent, none of our weanling sale entries are available for prior sale, and most importantly the weanlings offered will still be Harness Million Series eligible.  “There’s some really top horses sold at the weanling sale every year. The format may be different this year, but the quality is still there,” said Henley. Buyers will need to register on prior to the Sale in order to invest in a wide range of quality stock, featuring proven, emerging and first season sires, plus siblings to Group winners and progeny from Group One-winning dams. Adding further appeal to the bloodstock that will be on offer, all weanlings offered at the All Age Sale on, which had previously been entered in the 2020 All Aged Sale are eligible to be nominated for the NZB Standardbred Harness Million Sales Race Series. Take an early look at the 2020 All Age Sale catalogue to go live on on 1 May online here. Create a account to ensure you are registered for bidding here. For more information, contact Cam Bray ( or call +64 21 737 199) or Haylie Martin ( or call +64 22 637 8127).  

Patronus Star formerly trained by Gavin Smith in Canterbury but now trained by Greg and Skye Bond upset the harness racing favourites to win the Sky Racing WA Derby at Gloucester Park on Friday night. A winner last week at Bunbury at his first start in Australia in 1:53.2 for the mile, Patronus Star put in a paralyzing burst late in the piece last night to claim victory in the $200,000 3YO feature. Driver Dylan Egerton-Green managed to extract the son of American Ideal at the right time after a handy run on the fence and he powered home to beat second favourite Major Martini by a narrow margin. View the race replay here. The Greg and Skye Bond trained favourite for the race Howard Hughes did a fair amount of work for most of the race but found nothing in the straight and he faded away to finish eighth.   Harnesslink Media

Energetic Mildura equine dentist and harness racing trainer Kate Attard is facing months of rehabilitation after a seemingly-innocuous post-race scramble at her home track at Thursday night’s meeting. The skilled horsewoman trains a team of around 10 horses with her father Pat and her teenage daughter Charli at Cardross, near Mildura, and jumps in the race-sulky only rarely these days. But under the COVID-19 regional racing protocols, which prevents drivers from elsewhere in the State travelling to Mildura meetings, Kate elected to get back in the spider. Her horse in the second race, Heza Western, went across the line sixth, but a number of runners spread across the track tightened after the line, and Kate tumbled from the cart. “I was excited to be back driving last night and was just getting back in the swing of it in race two!” Kate laughed. “All I remember is going across the line, then another horse coming at me sideways – I pulled back and across to avoid it and thought I did. But its legs hit my cart and just flipped it fast,” she said. “I hit the ground so hard and then log rolled over and over again. I was awake the whole time. It was hurting, but I didn’t think it was that bad.” Kate suffered three fractures and multiple hairline fractures to her pelvis and injuries to her spine in the incident, which happened in front of the float parking area, and help was on the scene immediately. “(Trainer) Luke Watson was right where I fell – he was the first one there telling me to stay still and that I would be OK, then Charli and Dad and all the track guys and another trainer Andrew Stenhouse were all there,” Kate said. “I thought I was OK, and tried to get up – I even took a few steps!  I really didn’t want to go to the hospital! When they did take me in the ambulance, I really thought it would just be bruising and I didn’t even take my phone with me!” Kate was flown to the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne later in the night, where the surgeons from the trauma team are still deciding on her treatment plan, including surgery probably later today. “It’s probably going to be five months before I will be back on my feet again, and it’s hard to think that my hospital stay will be mostly without too many visitors, because of the COVID-19 restrictions,” Kate said. “I’m lucky to have an amazing family and my partner Matt to support me and help me, because I’ll be needing it for a while!” she said. “I also have some lovely owners and they are letting us keep the horses going, which hopefully Dad and Charli will be able to do.” Kate Attard and her daughter Charli Heza Western suffered only a minor cut to the leg in the scrimmage. Kate is known across a wide area of New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria for her passionate practice in equine bodywork and dentistry, as well as through her training.  “I’ve had so many messages of support and care – everyone has been amazing, including the HRV Stewards Wayne Smith and Nick Murray, HRV and Michelle McGinty from Mildura Harness Racing Club,” she said. “I’ll be OK, I always pull through and will be back doing the horses and the work I love as soon as I can,” she said. Which, knowing Kate, will be sooner, rather than later! Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

Harness racing and greyhound participants are also coming to terms with the four-week minimum hiatus that has suddenly hit their respective sports. Stowport's Craig Hayes is many of many North-West hobby trainers who only have a handful of horses in work at the one time and combine their passion in and around work commitments. Speaking on Friday, Hayes, who also drives at meetings as well, said he was surprised at the call to suspend racing after Tasracing received an exemption to continue on only a day before. "I thought we would be right here in Tasmania if everyone done the right thing," Hayes said. "Everything seemed under control but obviously not and I don't know why it happened - someone may have done the wrong thing along the line. "It won't affect me like it will for a lot of others, but the Easter Cup was coming up in Launceston and I had a runner in that so that's a bit disappointing, especially for the owners. "We don't know exactly how long the break is going to be so I'll just put all my horses out in the paddock now and wait until we get some sort of direction." North West Greyhound Racing Club president Robyn Johnson has suffered a double blow to her code this week after the forced abandonment of Tuesday's regular meeting at the Devonport Showgrounds. While philosophical about the halt in proceedings, Johnson said greyhound trainers, which include her husband Gary, were set to face several challenges. "I think Tasmania is leading the charge and appears to be more shutdown than anywhere else, so to some degree the decision seems to be in line with that," Johnson said. "But it will be a challenge for everyone in the industry, to try and look after our dogs and keep them fit and healthy. "Even when we start back up it will take some time to get them back to racing fitness - they're athletes.  North West Greyhound Racing Club president Robyn Johnson. Picture: Phillip Biggs.   "Gary runs the dogs as a business and so do the likes of Anthony Bullock, Ted Medhurst and Debbie Cannon, and if you're not making any money out it you will go broke very quickly. "It costs a lot to feed a dog, we don't just thrown them the scraps off the table, and now, even though we're not racing and driving around Tasmania with them, they still need to eat." Johnson hopes that an early shutdown of the industry can result in an early reinstatement if society takes the right measure to prevent the spread of coronavirus. "We shut down earlier than a lot of Australia so hopefully we can keep the numbers low and really control things." Johnson said. "To some degree we might open back up before the rest of Australia and I think that's what people are working on if we do the right thing now." The four-week halt to the racing industry will cover four NWGRC meetings, including their Good Friday event, while the Devonport Harness Racing Club have had to wipe its seven race card on Friday night and another meeting on April 24. By Brad Cole Reprinted with permission of The Advocate

Louisville, KY. April 2nd, 2020 – Sky Racing World, the Louisville, Kentucky-based distributor of international horse-racing content and subsidiary of Australian wagering operator Tabcorp, has announced the launch of a new simulcasting product that will make Japan National Association of Racing (NAR) horse racing available to North American audiences. The service will officially launch on Sunday night,  April 5th, with races from Tokyo City Keiba, Oi Racecourse. The Japan National Association of Racing is Sky Racing World’s exclusive partner in distributing the weekly simulcasts every Sunday through Thursday night. At commencement, racing will be offered from three tracks: Tokyo City Keiba, Funabashi and Kawasaki, with Sunday night’s first post at 1:30am ET (i.e. early Monday morning). All tracks and races will be conducted on a dirt surface. Audiences will now be afforded access to an additional range of quality Japanese racing events, including the Tokyo Sprint (Listed) on opening night and the Gr1 Japan Dirt Derby (1m 1/8) from Tokyo City Keiba on July 7th. A familiar range of betting types will be available, including: Win, Place, Exacta, Trifecta, Superfecta, Pick 3, and Pick 4. The Japanese offering is the latest addition to Sky Racing World’s extensive catalogue of thoroughbred simulcasting, which includes racing from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Korea and Singapore. By expanding their product and further complementing US-based offerings, the distributor continues to cement its status as a leading provider of world-class horse racing. Races are available to live-stream and wager at all ADW platforms and Fans can also get free access to past performances at About David Haslett A former Managing Director of Sportech Racing, David was appointed President and CEO of Sky Racing World in April 2014. The Louisville, Kentucky-based company, a subsidiary of Australian wagering firm Tabcorp, provides Australian, New Zealand, South African and South Korean thoroughbred racing and Australian Harness racing content for simulcast horse-race wagering to multiple North America-facing ADW brands and race-tracks. Reprinted with permission of Calvin Ayre

While the trots landscape has changed dramatically in that time, only 12 days have passed since Shannon O’Sullivan’s nasty race fall and yet the daughter-of-a-gun will be back in the sulky as region-based racing moves to Bendigo tonight. O’Sullivan will have four drives, including highly rated Cee Cee In America, and told today’s Talking Trots On Track the Ouyen fall still lingered. “I was very lucky to walk away the way I did and only have a laceration on my chin,” she said. “Even though that was quite deep, it could have ended a lot worse. “I didn’t think I’d be nervous, but I’m a bit nervous to jump back on. I think once I’m on the track I don’t think anything will really matter other than driving the horses as best as I can.” Her return begins in tonight’s second race, the TLC Carpentry 3YO Pace at 7.11pm on Trots Vision, when O’Sullivan will steer Orbie for trainer Kylie Linsell. “I think she’s a top four chance,” O’Sullivan told SENTrack. “The draw’s a touch awkward, but if you get three back the fence it’s a pretty nice position at Bendigo. It’s not the strongest field of three-year-olds.” The following race she steers first-up Clem Mcardle in The Edge Equine Pace, when she will come “with one run definitely, but I think there will be a bit of speed on early and late and I think that will suit”. And then comes Cee Cee In America in the Smartline Personal Mortgage Advisers Pace for trainer Greg Norman, which O’Sullivan said was “probably the trickiest race, but probably the horse I have most winning chance on”. While she said Belittled, drawn inside her, “would be one to watch”, she’ll hope to advance off the gate “and maybe follow it across”. “I will see if I can get a position up front, that would probably suit best,” she said. “Cee Cee is doing really really well. I drove her in the cup at Charlton, she went really well and was travelling good. She is definitely in form at the moment and this is a winnable race for her if she gets a good run.” She then completes her night in the last with another Norman runner in Edwin Bromac, who’ll start outside the back row and “either get in the running line or follow the four through and see what happens”. “It has been in form before (its last start). Hopefully everything goes its way and it gets a good run through the race.” CLICK BELOW FOR MORE TALKING TROTS ON TRACK   HRV Trots Media

Breeding authority Peter Wharton presents all the harness racing news on breeding from Australia, New Zealand and North America every Friday brought to you by Garrard’s Horse & Hound.     Tasty Delight is some youngster   Tasty Delight, a good looking Bettor’s Delight gelding, is rated New South Wales’ top youngster to date this season, particularly after his success in the $100,000 Bathurst Gold Crown, one of the season’s major two-year-old classics.   Earlier in the season Tasty Delight won the NSW Sapling Stakes at Menangle. From five starts he has won four times and been once placed for $85,450 in stakes.   Bred by Croon Bloodstock, Tasty Delight is a gelding with an all-American family background. Apart from being by Bettor’s Delight, and the third of his progeny to win the Gold Crown, Tasty Delight is out of the Artsplace mare Gentle Audrey, a daughter of the top flight US mare and millionairess Caressable (1:55.8) and a member of the powerful Shy Ann tribe.   In America Gentle Audrey left a top pacer in Jeremy’s Successor 1:48.6 ($889,435) and in New Zealand, the Queensland Premier’s Cup winner Gentle Western (1:55), Feel The Money (1:57.3) and the Albion Park winners Junior Johnson (1:55.6) and Allaboutdreams (1:56.4).   Tasty Delight is the fifteenth foal of his dam.     Top two-year-old filly   The Gold Tiara, one of the major two-year-old classics of the season, was won by Joanna, a filly by Somebeachsomewhere from the crack racemare Repelem. Joanna belongs to one of Australia’s top families, being by Somebeachsomewhere from Repelem, by Dream Away from the Classic Garry mare Lombo Limelight, a granddaughter of the good Harold Park winner Trunkey Gold, who established a great winning line for prominent WA breeder Mick Lombardo.     She left two high class juveniles in Mazzini Magic 1:56 ($367,140), Smooth Sensation 2:00.9 ($249,419) and the WA Triple Crown winner Linda’s Gold, all to whom bred on to some purpose. Mazzini Magic produced the Australian Pacing Gold winner Lethal Lombo 2:00.5 ($169,326), Mary Mazzini (1:57.7) and Lombo Missile (1:59.1); Smooth Sensation left capable pacers in Lombo Serene (Western Crown) and Maka Million Lombo (1:57.9), while Linda’s Gold was the dam of the WA Country Derby winner Megagold Lombo (1:55.6).   Another daughter of Trunkey Gold was Lombo Boucheron, an unraced Windshield Wiper mare who founded the branch to which the Bathurst Gold Tiara winner belongs. She left a smart Tasmanian pacer in Northern Ruler, the dam of the Tasmanian Oaks winner High Flying Ruler; the Gloucester Park winner Lombo Zeppelin and the lightly raced Lombo Limelight, who became the dam of three winners including Repelem 1:52.9 ($266,346), whose 41 successes included the Southern Cross 2YO and 3YO Finals, Jodie’s Babe and Ian Daff Memorial.   Repelem, who is being bred from by SA breeder Mark Carey, has produced two foals of racing age in the brilliant but ill-fated Revolt (1:55.6), a winner of eight races and $51,570, and now Joanna.     Won Shakamaker Classic   Bar Room Banta, the brilliant winner of the Shakamaker Classic at Melton in 1:53.8 – one of the fastest times ever put up by a juvenile at the track – gives the impression that he could develop into one of next season’s top three-year-olds.   Bar Room Banta                                        --Stuart McCormick photo   A colt by A Rocknroll Dance (son of Rocknroll Hanover) he is out of the handy racemare Jerada Ace (1:56.4), who ranked as a half-sister to the Kilmore Cup winner and dual Inter Dominion finalist San Carlo.   Jerada Ace, who won twice at Menangle, has left five winners from six foals old enough to race including the Breeders Crown and NSW Breeders Challenge heat winner Jeradas Delight (1:56.7).   Jerada Ace was from Bridge Player (2:01.9), a Moonee Valley winner by Classic Garry from Ailsa, by Muckalee Strike from Nicamond (14 wins), the dam of a top pacer in Blueberry Prince.   It is an interesting fact that the first five dams of Bar Room Banta are race winners. He carries the blood of Christian Cullen, Classic Garry, Muckalee Strike, Light Brigade, Radiant Robert and U Scott, all leading sires and broodmare sires.     Focus Stride is well bred   Focus Stride, who won the $100,000 Gold Chalice Final, one of the features of the Bathurst Gold Crown carnival, is a three-year-old Art Major colt from the same family as that which produced the NZ Cup winners Chokin and Changeover.   Focus Stride has not raced a great deal. He was winless in 11 starts as a two-year-old but has really come into his own at three, winning six of his seven starts. By Art Major, Focus Stride is out of Sparkling Stride NZ, a Christian Cullen mare who left an earlier winner in Magical Times (1:58.4), who has won three races to date.     The next dam, the Falcon Seelster mare Bhutan (2:00.2), won eight races and $38,372 in stakes and at the stud left five winners including the Marlborough Cup winner Joey Maguire (1:59.2) and Kim Maguire (2:04.4), the dam of the NZ Messenger and Harness Jewels winner Eamon Maguire 1:51.9 ($312,203).   Bhutan was a half-sister to a grand pacer in Changeover 1:53.4 ($2.3 million), now a successful sire in Queensland, Change Stride 1:50 ($362,803) and Change Gear 1:52.8 ($190,884), being out of the capable racemare Chaangerr (1:58.7), by Vance Hanover from the Tufty mare Nell’s Pride, the dam of the mighty Chokin. This is the family which also produced Three Eagles, the dam of the NZ Derby winner Fly Like An Eagle and Mach Doro 1:50.2 ($434,740), last year’s NZ 2YO of the Year One Change and the NZ Easter Cup victor Anvil Vance.   Focus Stride was bred and is raced by Emilio and Mary Rosati.     Ninth on end   The four-year-old Cool Water Paddy won his ninth race on end in the Launceston Mile, for free-for all pacers, at the club’s twilight meeting. He is by the Christian Cullen horse, Ohoka Arizona, sire of a top racemare in Millwood Faith.   Cool Water Paddy is out of the Village Jasper mare Glentara (2:08.3), who left the NSW Carousel and Cordina Sprint winner Monifieth 1:50.5 ($622,283), the Menangle winners Ohoka Johnny (1:52.7) and Something Eyre (1:58.1) and the Tasmanian winner Glen Eyre (1:56.3).   The grand-dam Rose Ayr (2:05.3), a Marlborough Cup winner, was by Noodlum from the Smooth Fella mare Montrose (2:02.2), a daughter of Heathmount, the dam of Classiebawn (NZ Breeders Stakes), a cup class pacer in Blair Logie and others.   Stroma, one of the most outstanding juveniles raced in this country, the derby winners Lanercost and Glengowan, My Glengower, Tintinara and Charlotte Brew (Vic. Oaks), all belong to the family which produced Cool Water Paddy.   Cool Water Paddy is a member of Juanita McKenzie’s team.     Well related three-year-old   Keayang Jackie, who produced a barnstorming finish to win the 3YO Classic at Melton, showed ability as a two-year-old last season when she was placed in heats of the NSW Breeders Challenge and Australian Pacing Gold.   She has opened her three-year-old season on a winning note and will be well in line for the major juvenile classics.   Keayang Jackie                                            --Stuart McCormick photo   She was sired by the Rocknroll Hanover horse A Rocknroll Dance from Christian Party, the dam of an earlier winner in Having The Faith, who won in 1:56 as a two-year-old at Addington.   Christian Party ranks as a half-sister to a grand pacer and NZ 2YO Championship winner Hoss Cartwright 1:51.8 ($352,878) and the Menangle and Auckland winner Strike Up The Band 1:52 ($206,548) and to the In The Pocket mare Barn Dance Betty, the dam of the Harness Jewels and Breeders Crown 2YO champion Cowgirls N Indians 1:56 ($323,735).   Their dam, Party Party 1:53.2 ($251,236), a dual Group 1 winner, was a half-sister to the A.   G. Hunter Cup and Fremantle Cup victor Another Party 1:56.3 ($888,678) and the Queen of the Pacific winner Champagne Party 1:56.3 ($152,445).   Others from this fine family have been a top Western Australian pacer in Waylade, Democracy (1:50), the NZ Sires Stakes 3YO champion Democrat Party, American Boy (1:50.2) and Livingontheinterest (WA Christmas Gift).       Demon Delight on top   Demon Delight, a Derby heat winner and recently winner of the $50,000 City Of Melton Plate, is one of the best four-year-olds in Victoria at present. He has won $188,090 in stakes, a worthwhile return for the $30,000 paid for him as a yearling. By the Cam’s Card Shark horse Bettor’s Delight, he is out of the Jenna’s Beach Boy mare Ghadas Koala (2:01.1) and the first of her produce to race.   Demon Delight                                                 --Stuart McCormick photo        Ghadas Koala was a half-sister to the smart performers Machin Out 1:52.1 ($261,996) and All I Can Be 1:53.7 ($143,949), being from Out Swing N (1:57.9), a cup class mare by Holmes Hanover from the NSW and Queensland Oaks winner Swing Out Sister, by Big Band Sound.   This family has produced some useful pacers over the years. Swing Out Sister left earlier winners in Swing Blade ($156,491), winner of the NSW Tatlow, and Seven Wishes (1:55.3), but Demon Delight is the best winner from this family in recent years.     Pick My Pocket is well bred   Pick My Pocket, who won the Group 2 $50,000 WA Empress Stakes at Gloucester Park, is a New Zealand bred mare with an interesting and successful family background.   Bred by Charles Roberts, of Auckland, she was got by Bettor’s Delight from La Filou (1:59), a northern bred mare by the Direct Scooter horse In The Pocket. Pick My Pocket, who took a record of 1:55.3 as a four-year-old, has run up a tidy score of 10 wins and 14 placings from 40 starts for $150,284 in stakes.   Pick My Pocket’s dam, La Filou, who was only lightly raced, left earlier winners in the VHRC 3YO Cup, Tasmanian Guineas and prolific Menangle winner The Dip 1:52.2 ($191,503) and He’s Lightfingered, a winner at Menangle in 1:54.8.   La Filou ranked as a half-sister to two outstanding pacers in Adore Me 1:47.7 and Have Faith In Me 1:47.5, both Australasian mile record holders and million dollar earners, Imagine Me 1:56.9 ($247,175), the exported Megabucks (1:49.6) and Stand By Me (1:51) and the Hondo Grattan Sprint winner Toledo (1:59.9).   Their dam, Scuse Me, won eight races including the Great Northern Oaks and the Taylor Memorial Mile in a record 1:53.5 and $126,841 and the stud became the dam of 13 individual winners.   Scuse Me was a B G’s Bunny mare from the noted Smooth Fella producer Super Smooth, the dam of the metropolitan winners Supabet 1:53.8 ($103,945), Smooth Delight (1:57.3) and Il Casino (1:59.1) and to the In The Pocket mare Tricky Woman (1:56.2), the dam of the recent good Albion Park winner Bettor To Be Tricky 1:52.6 ($110,992).     Four winners by Sportswriter   Rather a notable siring feat was credited to the Artsplace horse Sportswriter at the Launceston twilight meeting when he left the first four winners on the program. They were the two-year-old filly Written In Silk, who won The Belmont, Spoilt Sport, Beam Me Up Chopper and Lip Reader.   by Peter Wharton

Tasracing will work closely with the Minister for Racing on the detail of a support package for the Tasmanian racing industry following today’s announcement that racing will cease for the next four weeks. CEO Paul Eriksson said these details would be announced as soon as they were finalised. “Many industry participants will be eligible for assistance measures already announced by the Tasmanian Government and the Commonwealth over recent weeks, both to businesses and individuals,” he said. Mr Eriksson said he noted the Premier’s comments that the public health advice about the industry continuing to operate was clear, and while disappointed, the government had little choice but to follow that advice. “Animal welfare will be a key issue for the industry to manage during this shutdown period,” he said. “These racing animals are high-performance athletes and their care, exercising and maintenance is a 24 hour, 7 day a week task. “Stopping racing does not remove this need. Reduced exercise regimes which this shut down will create will contribute to other issues upon a return to racing. “It should be remembered that the cessation of racing is not just for the currently identified four week period – it will also include an extra four to 12  weeks to get racing animals back to racing condition. “While race and trial meetings will be cancelled for at least the next four weeks, those industry participants who are essential for the welfare of racing animals will be able to continue their important work.”

Racing to cease in Tasmania These are difficult times for all Tasmanians, and today our Government made the tough decision to cease all racing in the State from this point forward. I can assure you, this decision was not taken lightly as Tasmania’s racing industry supports thousands of jobs in rural and regional communities, injecting around $103 million a year into the State’s economy. I acknowledge this will come as a heavy blow to the 5,000 participants across the three racing codes, many of whom are reliant on the industry for their primary incomes. However, the health and safety of all Tasmanians must come first, and the public health advice I have received indicates today’s decision is a necessary one. The Premier and I have spoken with Tasracing about this decision and a support package will be announced in the coming days that will assist industry participants and maintain the welfare of our racing animals. Many industry participants will also be eligible for the assistance packages for businesses and individuals already announced by the Tasmanian and Australian Governments over recent weeks. Although race meets will be cancelled for at least the next four weeks, it is vital that the welfare of racing animals is maintained. That’s why those industry participants who are essential in ensuring that welfare will be able to continue their important work. This includes veterinarians, farriers and those who feed the racing animals and keep them fit and healthy. Details on the specific support that Tasracing will receive will be announced in the coming days.   Jane Howlett, Minister for Racing

The Redcliffe Yearling Sale, whose graduates include boom Queensland pacers Leo’s Best and Governor Jujon, will be conducted online by Darren Ebert and Co on Sunday starting at 12 noon.   The 66 lots to go under the hammer are by 26 sires such as leading lights Rock N Roll Heaven, Sportswriter, Hurrikane Kingcole, Mr Feelgood, Courage Under Fire, Well Said, Changeover, Western Terror and Cammibest.   A feature of the sale will be two colts from the last crop of the great Artsplace and youngsters from the first crop of the top American imports Always B Miki and Racing Hill and champion colonial bred pacer Guaranteed.   Graduates from the sale are eligible for the Garrard’s Redcliffe Yearling Sales Series with a two-year-old Sale Race Classic worth $100,000 in 2021 and a three-year-old Classic carrying a purse of $35,000 in 2022.   They are also eligible for QBred, Breeders Crown, Bathurst Gold Crown and Vicbred.   Bidders should register here   Photos, videos and a brief description of the yearlings are now available click here.   Prospective buyers who are unable to log on to the above websites should phone Darren Ebert on 0410 688 176 or Rebecca Ebert 0404 050 483 to either help organise it or to register for phone bidding.   The online catalogue can be viewed at   Peter Wharton

Rival harness racing horsemen had the utmost respect for runners from the central Victorian stables of Col Redwood. Mr Redwood, 83, who had a training complex at Bridgewater, near Bendigo, died on Tuesday. One of the most respected gentleman of the sport, he was well-known for his love of the square-gaiter and was associated with many classy performers, both trotters and pacers. His involvement in harness racing-as an owner, trainer and driver-goes back to the early 1950s. He followed in the footsteps of his father Hughie and the Redwood name is recognized and revered with the Maryborough club's Redwood Classic Day in August each year. Mr Redwood competed at the top level, racing in Inter Dominion Trotting Grand Finals, Australasian Trotting Championship Finals and the V L Dullard Trotters Cup, with such outstanding horses of their time as Red Eclipse, Maressar, Rockin Dale, Classic Victory, Mount Alm, Kurahaupo Lord and Arrestin Tess. "I competed against him often and when he took his horses to the races, he always had them prepared so well you knew you were in for a fight," successful Bendigo trainer Gary Donaldson said. "You always had to be wary of him, because Col would turn them out trained to the minute," he said. "If you were ever lucky enough to beat him, he'd be one of the first to congratulate you-he was just a great guy." Gary Donaldson's words are just one of the many heart-warming tributes from far and wide that have been posted since Mr Redwood lost his battle to illness. Col and his wife Dorothy, who died a few years ago, had two children Darren and Janine. Darren competed as a driver for a few years, and was also a talented footballer. One of Col's greatest achievements was as a driver, donning the Australian colors at a World Amateur Drivers' Championship. He also enjoyed being a competitor in the annual veterans' race, staged at Bendigo. Col Redwood enjoyed competing in veteran driver events at Bendigo. He is pictured about to take part in the 2014 race (Bendigo HRC photo) Off the track, Mr Redwood served many years on the board of the Victorian Square Trotters Association, of which he was a foundation member. He took on the role of president, working tirelessly to promote the square gaiter. He was a worthy recipient of a Harness Racing Victoria Distinguished Services Medal. Well-known country Victorian horseman Nick Youngson was one of many who posted condolence notices this week, and summed up everyone's feelings: "An out and out trotting gentleman. If I do half as good a job in the Victorian Square Trotters Association as Col did, I'll be very happy!" Harnesslink extends its sympathy to the Redwood family.   Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura