Day At The Track

The Victorian Masters Games is an opportunity for equestrians over 30 to show younger riders how it is done. Dressage, show horse, combined training and harness racing events in recent weeks have seen riders and drivers up to 70 years plus competing for honours at Werribee Park. In the show horse section, Kerry Tempest-Clark’s Fine Romance was led champion, while Catherine Sfregola took out the ridden championship with Between the Beats. Champion rider was Bree Stevens. There were five divisions in the combined training section with the championships going to Jackie Waite on Darby Day (45cm), Nikki Jupp on Avanti Kryptonite (60cm), Walter Burger on Feldale Griffin (75cm), Julie Bramucci on Rafiki Delargo (90cm) and Tania Harding on Jirrima Easy Jet (105cm). In the dressage, Rachael Edwards on Mr Spot took the preliminary championship. The novice champion was Gwyn Coulthard riding Samaran and the elementary champion was won by Elizabeth Sheather on Coldstream Universe. The medium level champion was Fiona Cooper on Belcam Camponelle and the advanced champion was Lucy McNutt on Thamesbourne Sunsmart. The harness section was very popular and showed age is no barrier to horse sports. Competing in the class titled “over 70 and still breathing” were accomplished drivers Diana Lawrence and Evanne Chesson, with Lawrence taking the section. Diane Boardman from the over-55 years section was supreme champion driver. Cheryl Sheddan’s pony Little Plains Phillipa earned her driver the high point mini award, with placings in dressage, obstacle driving and cones. William Lewin drove Magpie to a win in the delivery horse class and Kathy Reynolds’ Shepherds Hill Little Wayne was champion novice. The Hero award for the best performed Standardbred horse was won by Natasha Pettingill’s Rose of Ambrose with Michelle Wight’s It Happens in Vegas, the reserve. Natasha was also the gold medallist in the driver under 55 years. Janice Lewin was judged best groom. Reprinted with permission of The Weekly Times

In a break with tradition, harness racing will be trialled at Phoenix Park on Sunday. The meetings are usually on Friday night, but declining revenue and the need achieve Sky 1 telecast coverage have led to the switch. Vision of the meeting has previously been restricted to Sky 2, a less popular channel with punters. The first race will be held under the new format at 5pm on Sunday, May 20, with national telecast coverage Four Sunday twilight meetings are scheduled in the next six weeks – May 20 and June 3, 10 and 24. After being approached by the state governing body, Harness Racing SA, the Port Pirie Harness Racing Club opted for the new timeslot to guarantee national coverage on Sky 1. Club president Jacqui Hall said local harness racing was regarded as South Australia’s top competition and it was being dubbed the “speed track”. “On Friday, April 27, Bettor Party notched up a super time of 1:53:5 to take out the 2018 Portside Tavern Ubet Kadina Cup at Port Pirie,” she said. The Port Pirie Elders Insurance Drivers Invitation series is fast approaching on June 24. Negotiations have begun with some of the best drivers to attend this yearly event. The club has three member trainers in the top 10 list in the state with three-quarters of the season elapsed. Waylon Hornhardt has 135 race starts for 22 wins, 41 seconds and 18 thirds. Lyndon Hall and Leah Harvey are having super seasons. The state’s leading horse, Mymatethomo, is locally owned and trained by Mr Hall. His stable has the top three horses on the premiership list at Port Pirie. Jacqui said the club had acquired the services of upcoming race announcer Lachlan Stace. “The 17-year-old has been a fabulous addition to our race meetings, keeping the crowd informed with industry matters, driver interviews, sponsor details and race calls,” she said. “He is being mentored by Jim Jacques and is fast becoming a well-known face at harness racing tracks around the state.” Port Pirie is the most successful harness racing club in SA. “We are proud of the amazing group of volunteers that contributes to this success,” Jacqui said “The public in the north has a great opportunity to see the best racing the state has to offer and, if you haven’t attended a meeting in recent years, now is the time." Former Port Pirie identity Gary Crocker is now chairman of the Harness Racing SA Board. He said if the club stayed on Sky 2 telecasts, its revenue would continue to decline. “It was a trial that we had to have. I think it will work okay in an area like Port Pirie which is strong in their support of sport,” he said. “If successful in alleviating the decline in revenue, it could become the norm.” By Greg Mayfield Reprinted with permission of The Port Pirie Recorder

Dot Ayou was one of four Cowra horses to score victory on their home track during the Cowra Harness Racing Club’s Mother’s Day race meeting. Dot Ayou clinched a second straight win in the Travealy Horse Drawn Carriages Ladyship Pace (2110m) at the Cowra Paceway, edging out Hallnightparty by 1.4m with a mile rate of 2:04.00s. The six year old mare will back up this Sunday afternoon for the club’s annual Carnival of Cups meeting, trainer Darryl Davis aiming at one of the two Menangle Series Heats.  “She’s in good form. She’s a big strong mare. We drew nine which isn’t the best but over that distance it wasn’t really a concern. Nathan [Turnbul] was confident and so was I,” Davis said. “She’ll be going for three in a row this weekend. We may aim for the Menangle heat but we’ll see how the next few days pan out.” Nathan Turnbull was in the gig for Dot Ayou’s victory. He found an early avenue to the front from gate nine and kept Dot Ayou alongside pacesetter Ruth Shannon. At the turn Dot Ayou kicked and Turnbull got her past the post ahead of a fast finishing Hallnightparty. “He drove her perfectly. Nathan’s a good driver that’s why he’s doing the steering at the moment,” Davis said. Cowra trainer Shannon Rye and driver Monique Parsons scored a winning double in races one and two with Moonstone Montana and The Secret Mouse, while Colin Fliedner had a win with Gold Onyx. Davis, who is also the president of the Cowra Harness Racing Club, is hoping this Sunday is another successful day. “For a little meeting it was really good,” he said. “We didn’t have to extend nominations or anything. They’re always good. And the local trainers got their just rewards which is a credit to them.” Sunday’s results Race one Moonstone Montana Jeradas Delight Soldtoyoulady Race two The Secret Mouse Elegant Abby Ladyjoanna Shannon Race three Major McRae Riscaldati Rainbow Racer Race four Dot Ayou  Hallnightparty Keeping It Real Race five Sniggihdis Remember Mac Crossfirehall Race six Gold Onyx Tulhurst Cash Switowski Race seven Freddy Funk I’m All Courage Bettorbetbig Race eight Lockton Luck Kenny Dee Dee Ponte Milvio Reprinted with permission of The Cowra Guardian

The harness racing barrier draw will be crucial for this week’s Group 3 $33,500 Alabar Golden Nursery Stakes final (1800m) at Globe Derby Park following three heats last week. South-East owned pacers won two of the three heats while a high-priced ready to run purchase scored in the other. Strongnbold was an impressive all-the-way winner of the Sam & Pauline Spirou Golden Nursery heat one (1800m) for breeder-owner-trainer Desmond Glynn from Mount Gambier East. Driven by Wayne Hill, Strongnbold ($13.60) rated a quick 1:59.0 in scoring a two-metre win from Mackalan ($1.50 fav) with Above Average ($3.80), 10 metres away third. Glynn was confident of a win and told Hill the gelding would run ‘around 1:58.0’ and was proved correct. Strongnbold pushed through from gate one to lead comfortably with Mackalan, backed in from $2.10, settling one-out, one-back for driver Danielle Hill. With 500m to travel, Hill came wide on the favourite and the colt sprinted sharply to join, and narrowly head the leader off the back and looked a likely winner. Strongnbold responded to Wayne Hill’s driving and came back to win running away by a metre. Glynn knows what is required to win a Golden Nursery having taken out the event in 2013 with Major Cruiser. High-priced purchase Culture King made it two wins straight taking out the HRSA / SA BOTRA Golden Nursery heat two for trainer-driver Paul Cavallaro. After sitting back, Culture King ($3.70) finished strongly to grab a one metre win from Disclosure ($6.90) with Martys Party ($11.60), four metres away third. A big colt by Art Major, Culture King has the physique to be better as a three-year-old and Cavallaro believes what he is doing at two is a bonus. “He is certainly getting better with racing and trials,” Cavallaro said. “Tonight, he sprinted home strongly with a 28.7 second final quarter and hopefully he will be even better again next week.” Improving Bubbles And Cheese ($1.50 fav) led throughout for an easy 14-metre win in the Alabar Golden Nursery Heat three. Bred and owned by Bob and Zita Maloney from Glencoe in the South-East, Bubbles And Cheese is now trained by Bronte Giorgio at Globe Derby Park. Michael Smith had the drive on Saturday and rated the two-year-old beautifully with moderate early sectionals before sprinting up the final 500 metres and winning easily. Jenesaisquoi ($4.80) held on for second a metre in front of the fast-finishing Shesashark ($9). Maloney said the filly was improving with racing and had not really been extended in winning. “She has raced against some of the best in Victoria and not been disgraced,” Maloney said. “I thought she was very good tonight and expect her to prove a good chance in the final.” Maloney said Smart Kreuza, the dam of Bubbles And Cheese, also had a filly yearling by Courage Under Fire which looked nice and he was excited about her turning two. Bains barn is set to shine The training career of Aaron Bain looks to be on the way up. Bain came away with two winners at Globe Derby Park on Friday and Saturday, then followed up with another victory at Mildura on Sunday. Stable foreman Paul Tonkin said a virus had affected the stable recently, but they were looking forward to a good run over the next few months. “We have a good team in work, and hopefully the winners this weekend are the start of many more,” Tonkin said. On Friday, talented three-year-old filly La Machnificent was superb in winning at Globe Derby Park, then backed up on Sunday at Mildura with another easy win. On Saturday, it was Just Seduce Me which dominated with a comfortable win at Globe Derby Park. La Machnificent, a filly bred by Graeme Lang in Victoria, continues to improve. In the SAHRC 3YO Fillies heat (2230m) on Friday, the daughter of Mach Three started a $2.40 favourite and driver Ken Rogers had no hesitation sitting parked outside former New Zealander The Shooting Star ($3) having her first start for Les Harding. Danielle Hill, on The Shooting Star ran a 61.4 second first half before sprinting up a 27.7 second third quarter. Despite sitting parked, La Machnificent matched her rival, then dashed clear as Rogers asked her to go for home. La Machnificent cruised away to win by seven metres from The Shooting Star, with Bobbies Delight ($4), eight metres away third. The filly went to Mildura on Sunday and came from gate eight as a $3.10 chance and ran out a one metre win of the Ray and Grace Hepworth Memorial heat one rating 2:01.8 beating Majadore. La Machnificent will be back at Globe Derby Park this week to contest the $10,000 final of the SA Fillies event. The filly has built up an imposing record of 10 wins, a second and a third from just 13 starts. On Saturday, Just Seduce Me ($2.70 fav) began smartly to cross and lead from gate five to run out a comfortable five metre winner of the SA BOTRA Mares Heat (2230m). With Ken Rogers in the sulky, Just Seduce Me did over-race early but then settled and never looked in danger. Stylish Icon ($8.10) and Canelliesparkle ($10.60) deadheated for second but never looked a winning possibility. Just Seduce Me has won six races since coming to South Australia midway through last year. Graham Fischer

The state's harness racing premiership-winning trainer of the past two seasons, Ben Yole, is closing in on the magical ton for the third successive season. Ben's team notched up another winning treble in Hobart on Sunday night, taking his tally for the 2017/18 season from 82 to 85. The well-supported $2.80 favourite No Apachemee, driven by Mark Yole, kicked punters off on a winning note in the opening race on the card. "No Apachmee looked a little better than his rivals on paper over a mile and when Mark placed him perfectly in the one-out, one -back position I was feeling fairly confident," said Ben. "I could see he was travelling well and when Mark let him go at the 500-metre mark he put them away quickly and won in convincing fashion." No Apachemee's official winning margin in the Cascade Draught Pace proved to be an impressive 17.3-metres, running home the last half in 57.9 seconds. The Yole stable landed a knock out blow to punters in race five the Triple M Pace over 2090-metres supplying the quinella, both runners at bolters odds. He's Tight Lipped scored at $31.oo, proving too strong for stablemate Pushkin ($26.00) with the odds-on favourite Little Bit Of Big filling third spot. "He's Tight Lipped shocked me a little, but he drew well in three and when he took the sit in behind the early leader I thought we may run a place," said the Sidmouth trainer. "When Rohan (Hadley) went for him off the back he really responded and dashed clear, only the stablemate Pushkin took any ground off him in the home straight so I was very pleased with his effort." Aunty Rita rounded out the night for Ben in the Crown Lager Pace making it two wins in Hobart in as many weeks. "Aunty Rita is a tough mare, she was three wide form the 1200-metre pole before coming away to fight out the finish with Delightful Junie at the 600-metre mark, she goes well for Mark and given the way she won, another win might not be too far away." Shane Yates  

Chris Alford didn’t just win the NSW Trotters’ Derby, but he learnt a lot about his megastar young trotter Wobelee ahead the Harness Jewels raid.  It was a rocky ride for punters who send Wobelee out a $1.60 favourite when he played-up just before the mobile start release point, galloped and lost more than 30m.  He quickly caught the field, weaved through some traffic and landed three back in the running line.  Alford launched Wobelee three-wide rounding the last bend and he zoomed clear to win by 7.7m in a 2min0.2sec mile rate for 2300m, capped by his own last quarter in 27.4sec.  “He’s got some tricks, but he’s never done that before at the start,” Alford said. “It might have been a blessing in disguise. It gave me the chance to follow them and drive him with a sit. That’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time.  “That could be the way to drive him going ahead.”  Wobelee certainly showed some sparkling change-up speed when Alford cut him loose on the final bend.  His return to winning form cements the NZ raid and Wobelee will join the other Victorian-based horses on a flight to Auckland the Thursday morning before the Jewels.  Wobelee won 12 races on end before a shock first-up defeat behind former Kiwi trotter Scallywag Sam at Kilmore last Friday week   Adam Hamilton

While we all celebrate Mother’s Day, Magra harness racing trainer Juanita McKenzie is also preparing for her 21st. “Oh heavens, if only,” laughed Juanita. With 20 wins for the season Juanita has worked herself into fourth place on the Tasmanian Trainers Premiership Table and is a runaway leader in the Leading Female Trainers Award. “It’s been a rewarding season for our stable, we have a strong little team that are all working well and racing consistently so I’m happy with the way the year is panning out.” Juanita’s winning percentage of 23 is second only to Rohan Hillier’s amazing 38 percent for trainers with 20 wins or more for the season. One pacer hugely responsible for the amazing strike rate is The Aussie, notching up six wins and seven placings from 15 starts for the stable. “The Aussie has been a real revelation, we got him from Victoria early last year but he had a few issues when he arrived and it took us a while to get him right, but once we did he has just been an incredible addition to our stable,” said Juanita, full of admiration. The Art Major-The Kindly One four-year-old will contest race four, the Sky Racing Pace over 2090 metres from the stand. “The Aussie loves stand starts, he’s won two and been placed three of his six starts from the tapes so I’m sure he will begin well and take a power of beating,” said the quietly confident trainer. “Rodney Ashwood will handle him tonight and he does a great job, not just as our stable driver along with Ricky Duggan but as our farrier as well, I call him our shoe-oligist as he does some sensational work.” Juanita’s current team includes Jaks Teller, the winner of eight of eleven starts, Mister Lennox, Remember Joe and Isaac. “We are looking at Victorian opportunities for Isaac and The Aussie in the coming weeks so it would be encouraging to see The Aussie go well tonight.” said the Magra mentor. Tonight’s seven-event Tasmanian Pacing Club card commences at 17.02 and may be viewed by the TasracingTV live stream service at Catch Duncan Dornauf's From The Stables interview with trainer Marc Butler about his runners' chances in the meeting: Shane Yates

A tribute to Lazarus has been put together and shown on New Zealand's premier harness racing television weekly show 'The Box Seat' May the 9th 2018. You can watch the video below; Here is a behind the scenes feature video taken on Lazarus on the morning of the 22nd of February 2017 the day that Lazarus won the Victorian Cup. Harness Racing New Zealand produced this Good Luck Lazarus video;  

Australian Pacing Gold purchase Atomic Red is predicted to have little trouble returning to the harness racing winners’ circle in Dubbo tomorrow night. Runner-up in the Carousel Final at Tabcorp Park Menangle a fortnight ago, Atomic Red won his previous start by 32 metres in 1:53.6. This time around the Steve Turnbull-trained entire is set to contest the Dubbo City Cup, where he has drawn to lead throughout from barrier three. As such the son of Rocknroll Hanover has been installed a $1.45 favourite. “It’s not a bad draw for him,” Turnbull said. “I reckon Amanda (Turnbull, driver) will let him run along at an even clip. “I wouldn’t say he is very speedy, but he is tough. His last three quarters when beaten were 27.8, 27.1 and 27.6 over 2300 metres. “When one his rivals are sitting right on him it can make him vulnerable.” Turnbull believes the biggest threat to that vulnerability is likely to come in the shape of veteran pacer Ultimate Art, which will begin from the outside of the second row. “Ultimate Art is the main danger,” Turnbull said. “He can sprint home pretty quickly and coming from back could give him that opportunity. “That said, Atomic Red is in great shape. He was doing bit of bucking around today, but think they may also have just been to keep warm!” APG Media

Stewards have today concluded deliberations, after hearing submissions on the question of penalty on 1 May 2018, following the determination to find Mr Kim Prentice guilty to a charge under Rule 190 with the particulars being that as the harness racing trainer he presented EXTRADITE NZ to race in Race 5 at Northam on 25 November 2017 where it raced and finished first, not free of the prohibited substance cobalt, evidenced by a concentration of cobalt in excess of 100 micrograms per litre in urine. After consideration Stewards determined the appropriate penalty to be a disqualification of twelve (12) months, however in view of the time that has elapsed since Mr Prentice was suspended in part and full pending outcome of this inquiry, the period of disqualification was reduced to expire as of midnight 7 January 2019. Pursuant to Rule 195 of the RWWA Harness Rules of Racing, EXTRADITE NZ was disqualified from the race in question and the placings amended accordingly with the commensurate implications to all stake money and payments to apply.  In determining penalty Stewards took into account: Mr Prentice’s long and unblemished record within the industry and co-operation at all stages of this matter The level of 150ug/L reported by the Chem Centre The nature of the substance and the seriousness of the offence in all of the circumstances That the Stewards were not satisfied that the use of VAM, as reported by Mr Prentice and as supported to some degree by his treatment records, fully accounted for the reported level in EXTRADITE NZ. Accordingly the inquiry had not determined to the requisite standard the reason why EXTRADITE NZ had exceeded the threshold level. Notwithstanding the above, that Mr Prentice had only recently introduced the use of VAM into his training without seeking professional veterinary opinion, despite industry notices which discouraged use of these products close to racing, advising trainers amongst other things;  • That a normal racing diet is more than sufficient to meet a horse’s nutritional requirements for cobalt and vitamin B12.  • That registered injectable cobalt supplements offer no nutritional advantages because incorporation of cobalt into the vitamin B12 molecule occurs within the horse’s gut.  • To consult with their veterinarians to ensure that their oral supplementation regimen provides only the amount of cobalt necessary to meet the scientifically established nutritional requirements of the horse for cobalt. “Whilst the threshold has been set at a level to allow for normal levels of cobalt supplementation through routine nutritional sources, trainers are advised that the administration of certain registered vitamin supplements, particularly by injection, close to racing may result in a level of cobalt in a subsequent sample that exceeds this threshold. Trainers are therefore advised to avoid the use of these supplements close to racing.  Examples of injectable vitamin supplements that contain cobalt and/or vitamin B12 include, but are not limited, to V.A.M. injection, Hemo-15 and Hemoplex.” •  Penalties issued in WA and other jurisdiction in relation to this prohibited substance •  The need for deterrence both general and specific Denis Borovica – General Manager Racing Integrity Ph: 9445 5427  

Three heats of the 2018 Golden Nursery Stakes (1800m) for two-year-olds highlight harness racing at Globe Derby Park on Saturday night. The Sam and Pauline Spirou Golden Nursery heat one sees the Tyson Linke-trained Mackalan try to maintain his unbeaten record. In both wins, the two-year-old has been able to trail the leader and use the sprint lane but on Saturday he has to come from gate five, so it will be interesting to see what tactics driver Danielle Hill adopts. Mackalan has not shown brilliant gate speed in either run, and instead has been driven conservatively. The Justin Brewin-trained Above Average has brilliant gate speed and looks the likely leader from gate three, but connections would prefer to take a sit and allow him to sprint home like he did when second to Mackalan in the Sapling Stakes. An interesting runner is the Anthony Robinson-trained and driven Livinontheedge. He was backed from $14 into $4.70 last week on race debut and settled at the tail of the field but met early interference and was a distant last with a lap to go eventually finishing seventh, beaten just under 30 metres by Culture King. Livinontheedge had trialled nicely and from gate four on Saturday should be a lot more competitive. Robinson also has a good drive on Pinkie Promise in the HRSA / SA BOTRA Golden Nursery heat two. Trained by Andrew Gilbert, Pinkie Promise was a little disappointing in finishing sixth to Mackalan in the Sapling Stakes but from gate three on Saturday expect him to be a better winning chance. The interesting runner in this heat is the Tyson Linke-owned and trained Marcelo which has drawn gate one. Marcelo, with Linke in the sulky, ran a close second against older horses in a Port Pirie 1609m trial on March 20 sprinting home a last half in 58.8 seconds. Top driver Danielle Hill takes the reins on Saturday, and from gate one, expect him to be prominent. Consistent Culture King, which broke through last week for trainer-driver Paul Cavallaro, is sure to run well again despite coming from gate five. The Alabar Golden Nursery heat three gives Bubbles And Cheese a chance to score his first win. Last week, Bubbles And Cheese, having his first start for trainer Bronte Giorgio, looked a possible winner when taking a narrow lead over Above Average, but the pair locked wheels for a short time allowing Culture King to go past and win. From gate one on Saturday,with Michael Smith in the sulky, the two-year-old has the speed to push through and lead and will take some running down. See how form expert Ben Harding sums up the Golden Nursery heats at with his comments and selections for the seven-race Globe Derby Park meeting. Fast and Furious Friday Classy young pacers Clarenden Valour and Bulletproof Boy renew their rivalry at Globe Derby Park on Friday night in the HRSA Three-Year-Old Colts & Geldings heat one (2230m). As two-year-olds the pair clashed six times, with honours going to the Scott Ewen-trained and driven Bulletproof Boy. With three wins from the occasions they've met, Bulletproof Boy took the points, but Clarenden Valour did finish in front of him in other races including a second to That’s Perfect in the Southern Cross final when Ewen’s pacer finished fourth. As three-year-olds, they are both now back in form and go into Friday night’s race with wins at their last start. The Claire Goble-trained Clarenden Valour did it tough at Globe Derby Park last Saturday sitting three-wide for the last lap but still managing to hold off Steinman. On Monday, at Strathalbyn, Bulletproof Boy sprinted home well to run down Malone Ranger, which also competes on Friday from gate one. Tactics will be interesting on Friday. Bulletproof Boy, from gate six, has the pace to go forward, but Ewen would unlikely want to sit outside Malone Ranger for the longer trip, and instead may opt to go back, which could mean he will settle at the tail of the field. Clarenden Valour, with Wayne Hill in the sulky from gate eight, has the speed to follow Tunza Tenacity which will come from gate two and should find himself midfield in the running line on settling down. If that is the scenario, Ewen, no doubt would come forward with a lap to go to try and force Hill to do what he did last week and come out three wide for the last lap on Clarenden Valour which could see Bulletproof Boy prove too strong in the run to the finish. It would be unwise to consider the race simply a match between those two as Malone Ranger, Betting Man and Masonjon are also worthy of consideration as is the Heather Stevens-trained Bettorhavtime which appears to have its chances lessened by gate seven. The Bob Maloney-trained Malone Ranger, with Michael Smith to drive, looks the leader and could take running down. Betting Man, owned by the late Doug Webster and with Jake Webster aboard, is an improver while Masonjon, trained by Stephen Papps and to be driven by Ken Rogers, has won two of its three starts and is resuming from a spell. Three-year-old squaregaiter Heezaladiesman will be out to make it three wins straight in the Just Wrecking Toyota’s Trotters Handicap (2230m). Trained and driven by Lane Johnson, Heezaladiesman will come off a 20-metre handicap but provided he has his mind on the job should be too good for his rivals. In winning last Saturday, the three-year-old was a bit unruly at the start but off a handicap, should be better behaved. Go to to read form expert Ben Harding’s thoughts on the seven-race Globe Derby Park meeting with comments and selections for all races. Graham Fischer

Harness racing will focus on Dubbo on Friday night with the massive racing program for the Carnival of Cups meeting, with two Tamworth pacers contesting the $12,000 Club Dubbo Garrard’s Golden Gig Series Final. Mini Masterpiece, from the David Munsie stables, has drawn the nine barrier after the mare won the fourth heat of the series at Tamworth last Friday night.  Bassey, from the Sam Ison stables, has drawn barrier 10. Bassey finished second to Mini Masterpiece in the heat. Mini Masterpiece has won from both the eight and nine barrier while Bassey has won from the seven and nine barriers, and is expected to put in a strong showing in the feature. The winning trainer will receive a gold gig and the reinsman a $250 “pot of gold”, which takes the race value to just over $20,000. Ison also has Seventhirtyseven engaged in the Furneys Horseland Pace, and Pirates Pearl in the Garrard’s Horse and Hound Pace.   Tamworth trainer Richard Williams has The Puritan engaged in the $20,000 Quamby’s Stayers Dubbo Regional City Council Cup. The horse has drawn the five barrier and is looking for three wins on the trot.  This will be only the fourth start for the Williams stables with the The Puritan, who will come up against Ultimate Art from the Michael Formosa stables. The Newcastle meeting on Saturday night will also see plenty of locals in action, with Limousine Livia looking to score a berth at Menangle when she contests the opening event, the Club Menangle Where Horses Fly Pace. Len Simon and his granddaughter Maddison Simon are also ready to compete with Dark Side, Mammals Rockstar and Itz Platinum Plus. Tony Missen has Maz and Smokinapipe engaged while his two-year-old Onahi Delight will make his racing debut.  Ernie Mabbott will head back down with Tralee Rocks looking for a win. Mitch Faulkner has Gottashopearly, Somebeach N Clovelly and Onedin Highlander. So as you can see, there is plenty to keep your eyes on Newcastle. AND for all those TV buffs who take an interest in Married At First Sight, you will know the name Anthony Manton. Well, word is Manton has gone back to his first true love and is doing great – no shock there. Manton is a race caller for SKY Racing and will soon head to Sweden to call the world’s biggest trotting race – the Elitlopp, which Aussie mare Maori Time will contest. He is also enjoying success as an owner with his pacer Angel In White, who had her fourth win on the trot last week at Menangle, going 1.52.7 for 1609m.  Julie Maughan Reprinted with permission of The Northern Daily Leader

The $12,000 Goulburn Sapling Stakes highlights the seven-race harness racing card scheduled for Sunday afternoon at the Goulburn Paceway. The two-year-old open feature has attracted a small but interesting field of six. Up-and-coming filly Platinum Revolution from the Shane Tritton stable has drawn barrier 5 and will likely go to the start as the public elect. The filly has won two of her three starts and before being sent for a spell was an easy winner of the Group 3 Pink Bonnet at Menangle in early March. On that occasion the Changeover filly sat outside the leader and race away to score easily in a solid 1:54.7 mile. One of four fillies engaged in Sunday’s event, Platinum Revolution will find strong opposition from the well performed Tactical Response. The Big Jim gelding was a last start fifth in the $100,000 Group 1 Bathurst Gold Crown final when beaten by only 11.9 metres by star colt College Chapel. Tactical Response has faced the starter on only three occasions and earned his spot in the Gold Crown final by winning a heat in the good time of 1:57.1. Trained at Leeton by Wayne Sullivan, Tactical Response has drawn well in barrier 4 and appeals as the hardest to beat. While Sunday’s meeting has drawn a strong contingent of Sydney trainers, local trainer David Hewitt will be looking forward to featuring in winner’s circle through the promising three-year-old Sword And Shield. A lightly raced Million Dollar Cam gelding, Sword And Shield has won two of his three starts. Following some solid trial performances, the pacer is set to figure prominently after drawing gate 1 in the Goulburn Livestock Transport Pace. The Hewitt stable also has a strong chance of taking out the last of the afternoon, the Goulburn Soldiers Club pace with the proven performer Stanley Ross Robyn. Owned in the same interests as Sword And Shield, Stanley Ross Robyn hasn’t raced since March when he was a close up sixth at Menangle behind Rakarolla who posted a fast 1:50.6 mile. On that occasion Stanley Ross Robyn came from midfield to be beaten only 6 metres and will appreciate the drop in class on Sunday. Racing on Sunday, May 13 starts at 12.52pm, and with only three race meetings remaining before the close of the season, the club’s committee invites all harness fans to come out and experience the wonderful facilities of the Grace Millson Centre. Enjoy quality food and a wide range of cold alcoholic and soft drinks while watching all the racing action in air conditioned comfort. Goulburn harness racing is brought to fans by the kind support of Tabcorp, Goulburn Soldiers Club, Goulburn Mulwaree Council, ARW Multigroup, Hollingworth Crane Hire Service, RSM Accountants, and a host of smaller businesses including Top Water Carters Crookwell, First National Real Estate Goulburn, Goulburn Livestock Transport, Goulburn Landmark, Albury J Communications, Crust Gourmet Pizza, Glen Mia ACT Saddlery and Ranvet. For all the latest Goulburn harness racing news visit the club’s website at and don’t forget to like us on Facebook at Tips Race 1: 4 My Major Rocket, 1 Cherry Stride, 8 Allstar Sea, 2 Kettering Girl Race 2: 1 Sword And Shield, 2 Lynnsanity, 4 Billysbredone, 9 Speedy Dominic Race 3: 2 Franco Landry, 4 Nadeen Franco, 1 Brian Who, 10 Oscar The Great Race 4: 4 Tactical Response, 5 Platinum Revolution, 1 Sunshine Stride, 6 Cee Cee Ambro Race 5: 9 Sheza Tricky Bridge, 6 Recipe For Dreaming, 2 Boobalaga Road, 1 Valla Swan Race 6: 1 Ballymore Boy, 8 Roarn, 4 Deecaesar, 2 Tavewa Sunset Race 7: 7 Stanley Ross Robyn, 9 Return Ace, 4 Shadow Reign, 5 Iamboogie By Mark Croatto Reprinted with permission of The Goulburn Post

Harness racing members of the WA Trotting Media Guild have labelled Luis Alberto, Gotta Go Gabbana, Simba Bromac and Art Keeper as good things at Gloucester Park on Friday night. The West Australian’s Ernie Manning and GPTV’s Ken Casellas are keen on Luis Alberto. “Luis Alberto is highly consistent and has shown in his past two races that he possesses the gate speed to hold up from gate one,” Manning said. “A winner at Gloucester Park three starts ago, he gets his chance to break back into the victors‘ list for the Hall stable.” And Casellas agrees with his colleague. “Luis Alberto failed to win a race from 15 starts as a two and three-year-old but has blossomed as a four-year-old this season, notching five wins and seven placings from 16 starts,” Casellas said. “He has drawn perfectly at barrier one on Friday night and is my best bet on the excellent 10-event card. He looks set to relish his favoured pacemaking role and should carry too many guns for Back To The Beach and Touch Of Success.” Last year’s leading tipster Stuart Lowe believes Gotta Go Gabbana is poised to return to the winners’ list. “My best bet is Gotta Go Gabbana,” Lowe said. “She did a power of work before finishing a close-up third at Pinjarra last start. Gets the good draw here and should lead and be hard to beat.” Longshot king Pat Harding and The West Australian’s racing co-ordinator Ryan Havercroft are fans of the wonderfully consistent Simba Bromac. “After a scintillating win last week, I think punters can cash in again with the Nathan Turvey-trained Simba Bromac,” Harding said. “He might be a bit short in the market but certainly looks the goods with Chris Lewis aboard.” Havercroft is of the same mind. “Simba Bromac has not missed a cheque in 16 WA starts, with 12 of those being wins,” Havercroft said. “I can see no reason why he won’t bring up number 13 this Friday when starting from barrier two. His main rival, El Jacko, starts from the outside of the nine-horse field.” Guild president Wayne Currall is tipping Art Keeper to land an all-the-way victory on Friday night. “Art Keeper has been very consistent since crossing the Nullarbor to join the strong Skye Bond team,” Currall said. “He finished a close fourth behind Tuas Delight last week at headquarters after working hard in the run. Should lead from the pole and whatever beats him will win.” VALUE BETS Ernie: Kasey John has been unplaced at his past six starts, but he should not be underrated from the pole. He has displayed considerable ability in three Gloucester Park wins. Ken: For value, I suggest Dana Duke, who has drawn ideally at barrier two in the 1730m Ramsays Horse Transport Pace. Dana Duke has been unplaced at his past six starts, but he is an excellent frontrunner and is capable of a bold showing over the sprint trip. Stuart: My value bet is Dana Duke. He impressed with a close sixth to BettorsFire here last start. Well drawn and dropping in class. Pat: Nathan Turvey could score a good double when he gets aboard a horse he trains, Robert The Bruce. This is a wide-open event with little form on the board from any of the nine runners. However, it is over 2536 metres and Robert The Bruce is the one that appeals. Ryan: Millview Sienna had been racing well prior to galloping last time out at Gloucester Park. Drawn in barrier one in a red-hot Breeders Stakes field this Friday. She is going to be handy enough to make a run into the placings at an each-way quote. Wayne: Major Survivor did things wrong when he moved up strongly to issue a challenge to Bitcoin at Pinjarra last start. He’s drawn the pole against a strong field in the opening event but could find the front and prove hard to run down. To view all of the Media Guild tips click here. Good punting Wayne Currall

At nine years of age Bronze Seeker retains his healthy appetite and strong competitive nature for harness racing and at Gloucester Park on Friday night he will chalk up his 200th start in a career which has netted $393,472 in prize money from 25 wins and 38 placings. Trained at Byford by Peter Anderson, Bronze Seeker fared poorly in the random draw and will start from the No. 7 barrier in the 2130m Budget Stockfeeds Pace over 2130m. Giles Inwood will be looking to slot Bronze Seeker into the one-wide line or on to the pegs and will be relying on the gelding’s sparkling finishing burst. By Mach Three and the second foal out of Lislea mare Bronze Lady (one win and one second from seven starts in 2006), Bronze Seeker has 26 starts in New Zealand for 11 wins and four placings. He has earned $326,009 from his 14 wins and 34 placings from 173 starts in Western Australia. Bronze Seeker began from barrier seven in a 2130m event last Friday night and raced six back on the pegs and failed to obtain a clear passage in the final circuit when 11th behind Whozideawasthis. A week earlier, from barrier two, he trailed the pacemaker Khun Ratha before Inwood switched him three wide on the home turn. He then sprinted strongly to finish second to Khun Ratha, who dashed over the final 400m in 27.6sec. Besotted, Im Master Charlie, Campora and Real Lucky will be more fancied than Bronze Seeker on Friday night, but Bronze Seeker is capable of surprising. Caris Hamilton-Smith has done a splendid job to get Besotted back racing with refreshing enthusiasm and the nine-year-old impressed two starts ago when he sprinted home fast from well back to win at a 1.55.3 rate over 1730m. Gary Hall Jnr will drive the nine-year-old this week and Hall will be keen to take full advantage of the prized No. 1 barrier by attempting to set the pace. Im Master Charlie returned to his best form for trainer Michael Brennan last Friday night when he was eighth at the bell and sixth on the home turn before flashing home to win convincingly from Messi and Mighty Flying Thomas over 2130. Michael Grantham will be in the sulky this week and he is optimistic about the eight-year-old’s prospects. Hall has also been engaged to drive Ideal Tyson for Coolup owner-trainer Kristy Elson in the 1730m Ramsays Horse Transport Pace. Ideal Tyson has drawn the outside barrier (No. 9) in the sprint at his first appearance since finishing seventh behind superstar Chicago Bull in the Mount Eden Sprint on October 20. Ideal Tyson warmed up for Friday night’s event in good fashion with a sound second to the speedy Im Rockaria in a 2185m trial at Pinjarra on Sunday morning. The five-year-old settled down in fourth place before moving to the breeze 1450m from home. He fought on solidly in muddy conditions, with the final quarters being run in 28.5sec. and 28sec. Ken Casellas

Consistent four-year-old Gotta Go Gabbana (Gotta Go Cullect) is poised to return to the harness racing winning list after working hard in the breeze at each of her past five starts for two seconds, a third and two fourths. That’s the verdict of reinsman Chris Voak when assessing Gotta Go Gabbana’s prospects in the Pacing WA and Girl Power In Pacing Westbred Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Gotta Go Gabbana, trained at Banjup by Annie Belton, will start from the favourable No. 2 barrier on the front line and Voak said: “She’ll either lead or breeze. If she leads, she will win, and if she races without cover she will also be hard to beat.” Drawn at 6 No. 1 is the Phil Costello-trained Anime, who has been placed once from her past eight starts since leading and winning over 1684m at Pinjarra in mid-February. Voak considers that the main danger to Gotta Go Gabbana is the Murray Lindau-trained Chiaroscuro, who will start from barrier three with Dylan Egerton-Green in the sulky. Chiaroscuro led from the No. 2 barrier and won at a 1.57.5 rate over 2130m at Gloucester Park two starts ago. He then gave an outstanding performance to surge home from last at the bell to finish second to Simba Bromac last Friday night. “I don’t want to surrender my advantage of the draw,” said Voak. “So, I won’t be handing up to Chiaroscuro.” Belton, who bred and owns Gotta Go Gabbana in partnership with her husband Colin, said that Gotta Go Gabanna was working in fine style and that she hoped that Friday night’s race would prove a good stepping stone to contesting a $25,000 event for four and five-year-old mares at Bunbury on Saturday week. Chiaroscuro (eight wins from 20 starts) and Gotta Go Gabbana (seven wins from 27 starts) are the only four-year-olds in Friday night’s event and look set to fight out the finish. Voak has nine drives on Friday night and has no hesitation in declaring Gotta Go Gabbana as his best winning prospect. He also predicted a top-three finish for Ardens Concord in race six and Frostyflyer in race eight. Ken Casellas